Al-Ahly SC (Benghazi)

Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي) known as Al-Ahly SCSC is a Libyan Sports club based in Benghazi, Libya. Al-Ahly SC has its roots in a political party, the Omar al Mukhtar society.

Al-Ahly Benghazi
الأهلي بنغازي
Full nameAl-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club
النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي
Nickname(s)The Long Journey
The Butchers
Founded1937, 1947 as "Al Ahly"
GroundMarch 28 Stadium
Capacity55,000
ChairmanKhaled Mohamed
ManagerRachid Belhout
LeagueLibyan Premier League
2017–182nd

History

Al-Ahly SC Libya was made a professional football club in 1947, although they had existed years before then. Al Ahly is the most supported club in Benghazi and is famous in Libya for its passionate, loyal and sometimes violent crowds, who stood by the club through frustrating times.

In 2000, the club's headquarters and training complex was demolished by the Libyan government, supposedly destroying records, trophies and medals of the club.[1] The demolition was allegedly carried out in response to Al-Ahly fans insulting Saadi Gaddafi by dressing a donkey in a shirt baring his squad number, but other sources pointed to the burning a few days before of the Libyan Football Federation offices in Benghazi by angry Al-Ahly fans as the matter.[1][2] The club was then given an indefinite ban which lasted until 2005. Saadi Gadafi had denied all the allegations.[1]

The club has been given 77 acres (310,000 m2) of land for a new ground by the Libyan Jamahiriya government, although it cannot afford to develop it. Al Ahly is one of the biggest clubs in Libya, and along with Tripoli's two big clubs.

Crest

Note: Alahly SC (Benghazi) is the only club in Libya which has a star in its logo before reaching 10 league titles.

Squad

Current squad

The 2013–14 season[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Jawad Rizg
2 DF Tarek Al Gamal
3 DF Hamed Snousi
4 DF Ibrahim Al Abaidy
5 DF Ahmed Al Alwani
7 MF Hussein Al Idrissy
8 FW Victor Namo
9 FW Moataz Al Mehdi
13 DF Hashim Bin Dallah
14 MF Moses Orkuma
No. Position Player
16 GK Ahmed Al Ammari
17 MF Hussein Sultaan
18 MF Farag Mbarak
19 FW Ahmed Zuway
20 FW Mohamed Bettamer
21 MF Moataz Ben Amer (captain)
22 GK Walid Al Dirsi
23 MF Solomon Jabason
24 DF Abdelrahman Fetori (vice-captain)
25 DF Ahmed Muftah
27 FW Ali Awgaly

Staff

  • Abdellatif Masoud (Under 19 Team), (Assistant Coach)
  • Muhammad Al Bousseffi (First Team), (Goalkeepers Coach)
  • Masoud Abdellatif (Under 19 Team), (Head Coach)
  • Hashim Alfllah (First Team), (Team Doctor)
  • Wanis Kheir (First Team), (Assistant Coach)
  • Tarek Thabet (First Team), (Head Coach)

History

Former players

  • Salem Al Bargathy
  • Ali Al Beshari
  • Abdelfatah Al Farjani
  • Saad Al Fazani
  • Mohammed Al Haddad (Qa'am)
  • Abdeljelil Al Hashani
  • Abdelkader Al Khateti
  • Ramzi Al Kowafi
  • Naji Al Ma'adani
  • Mostafa Al Makki
  • Emhamed Al Shrif
  • Ahmed Al Tharat (Beonedo)
  • Khaled Al Zawi
  • Ramadan Barnaoui
  • Ahmed Ben Sawed
  • Ali Boaod
  • Mahmod Al Zaroq Boseta
  • Abdelsalam Musa Goada
  • Ibrahim Kelfa
  • Wanes Khaer
  • Taher Khawaja
  • Ali Mersal
  • Housien Omran
  • Al Faitori Ragab
  • Faraj Sati

Head coaches

  • Thomson (Late 60's)
  • Mohamed Abdou Saleh El-Wahsh (1969–72)
  • Nicolae Oaida (1972–74)
  • Ivan Deyanov (1977–78)
  • Albert Flórián (1978–85)
  • Abdeljelil Al Hashani (1985–??)
  • Ahmed Ben Sawed (1987–88)
  • ?? (19??–91)
  • Abdeljelil Al Hashani (1991–??)
  • Ahmed Ben Sawed (1994–95)
  • Saïd Amara (1996–99)

Team captains since founding

  • Salem Al Bargathy (1950–56)
  • Ali Al-Beshari
  • Abdelfatah Al Farjani
  • Saad Al Fazani
  • Mohammed Al Haddad (Qa'am)
  • Abdeljelil Al Hashani
  • Abdelkader Al Khateti
  • Ramzi Al Kowafi
  • Naji Al Ma'adani
  • Mostafa Al Makki (19??-67)
  • Emhamed Al Shrif
  • Ahmed Al Tharat (Beonedo)
  • Khaled Al Zawi
  • Moataz Ben Amer (2006–)
  • Ahmed Ben Sawed
  • Ali Boaod
  • Mahmod Al Zaroq Boseta (1956–??)
  • Abdelsalam Musa Goada
  • Ibrahim Kelfa
  • Wanes Khaer
  • Taher Khawaja
  • Ali Mersal
  • Housien Omran (2004–06)
  • Al Faitori Ragad
  • Faraj Sati

Honours

1969/70, 1971/72, 1974/75, 1991/92
Runners-up (11): ( 1964/63 - 1969/68 - 1971/70 - 1973/72 - 1976/75 - 1985/84 - 1991/90 - 1996/95 - 1998/97 - 2009/08 - 2010/09 )
Semi-finals (7): 1963/64, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1990/91, 1995/96,
1985, 1988, 1991, 1996
  • Libyan Eastern Championship - League of Cyrenaica: 6
1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970
  • Benghazi Championship: 4
1950, 1951, 1954, 1956

Performance in CAF competitions

2009 – First Round
1999 – First Round

References

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