Al-Hilal Club (Omdurman)

Al Hilal Educational Club (Arabic: نادي الهلال للتربية), known as Al-Hilal Omdurman or simply Al-Hilal Club for a short, is a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman.

Al-Hilal Club
Al-Hilal Club (Sudan)
Full nameAl Hilal Educational Club
Nickname(s)Seed al-balad (The Leader of the Country)
Al-Mawj Al-Azraq (Tha Blue Wave)
Hilal Al-Malaein
Founded13 February 1930 (13 February 1930)
GroundAl-Hilal Stadium,
Omdurman, Khartoum State, Sudan
Capacity65,000
ChairmanAshraf Seed Ahmed
ManagerHamada Sedki
LeagueSudan Premier League
2018-192nd

Name and history

The name Hilāl is the Arabic word for crescent – a name chosen on a night when the crescent of the moon was visible in Omdurman. Also it is the first club in the world to be named (AL- HILAL).

Idea

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, on the heels of a failed uprising by pro Egyptian elements antagonistic to the Anglo part of the then Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the British colonial authorities banned many activities and organizations that could potentially disrupt their hold on the region. The only organized activities permitted were sports clubs and Scouting.

In 1930, four graduates from Gordon Memorial College (now the University of Khartoum) Hamdnaallah Ahmed, Yousif Mustafa Al-Tinay, Yousif Al-Mamoun, and Babiker Mukhtar Tatay – decided to establish a sports club as an outlet for their and others' youthful energies. On 13 February 1930, a dozen of yet-to-be the founding fathers of Al-Hilal, mostly graduates from Khartoum Memorial College, met in the house of Hamdnaallah Ahmed in Al-shohada Omdurman, to discuss the details of the new sports club.

At that time, sports clubs were named after neighbourhoods, cities and famous figures. Examples included Team Bori (after a Khartoum neighbourhood), Team Abbas (after a famous person) and Hay Alisbtaliya (after an Omdurmanian neighbourhood). The meeting concluded that the new club should have an inclusive name, and not be named after a specific neighbourhood or person.

The story goes that the club founders had been unable to agree upon a name for the proposed club when the meeting was temporarily adjourned at dusk for the evening prayers at a nearby mosque. After prayers and en route back to the meeting house, one of the founders, Adam Rajab, is said to have looked up at the night sky, saw a crescent ("Hilal" in Arabic), and remarking that it was the crescent of the Muslim lunar month of Rajab, asked the others "why not we name it Al-Hilal?". Everyone welcomed the idea, and on 4 March 1930 Al-Hilal became the official name of the club and the first to hold this name in Sudan and the Middle East.

The uniform chosen was dark blue and white – after the white crescent against the dark blue night skies. In light of the aforementioned pro-Egyptian uprising, however, the British colonial authorities initially refused to permit formation of a team whose symbol, a crescent, was reminiscent of the crescent prominently featured on the Egyptian flag of that time. Only after repeated reassurances that the team was simply an athletic outlet for apolitical college students, and that its symbol had no political overtones, did the British authorities relent and allow the team to form.

1930 Squad and Officers

The first squad included many of the founders that were present at the establishing meeting. The following list includes the founding fathers of Al-Hilal and their roles.

(F) = denotes Founder

Presidential history

  • Babiker Ahmed Gabani (1930)
  • Amin Babiker (1930–1931)
  • Hamadnaallah Ahmed (1931–1933)
  • Makki Osman Azreg (1933–1938)
  • Bushra Abdelrahman Sagheer (1938–1944)
  • Elhaj Awadallah (1944–1946)
  • Mohamed Hussaein Sharfi (1946–1948)
  • Mohamed Khalid Hassan (1948–1950)
  • Ahmed Mohamed Ali Elsenjawi (1950–1952)
  • Mohamed Aamir Bashir Forawi (1952–1962)
  • Mahmoud Abusamra (1962–1963)
  • Mahjoub Taha (1963–1965)
  • Elsir Mohamed Ahmed (1965–1967)
  • Mohamed Abdallah Galnder (1967–1969)
  • Salih Mohamed Salih (1969–1971)
  • Omer Ali Hassan (1971–1973)
  • Ahmed Abdelrahman Elsheikh (1973–1975)
  • Zainelabdeen Mohamed Ahmed Abdelgadir (1975–1977)
  • Eltayeb Abdallah Mohamed Ali (1977-84/1988/1988-91/1994-96/1999)
  • Omer Mohamed Saeed (1984–1988)
  • Noureldin Elmubark (1988)
  • Abdelmajeed Mansour Abdallah (1991–1994)
  • Hassan Abdelgadir Hilal (1996–1999)
  • Taha Ali Elbashir (1999–2002)
  • Abdelrahman Sirelkhatim (2002–2005)
  • Salaheldin Ahmed Mohamed Idris (2005–2010)
  • Yusuf Ahmed Yusuf (2010)
  • Elamin Elberair (2011–2013)
  • Elhaj Ataaelmanan (2013)
  • Ashraf Seed Ahmed (2014– )

Managerial history

  • Salih Rajab (1950-1955)
  • Hashim Deifallah (1956-1957)
  • Jiri Starosta (1958-1963)
  • El Hadi Abbas Seyam (1963-1964)
  • Suleiman Faris (1964-1966)
  • Osman Hussain Elsabi (1966-1968)
  • Eid Dudu Damor (1968-1969)
  • Ibrahim Yahia El-Kawarty (1969-1972)
  • Amin Mohammed Zaki (1972-1974)
  • Osman Babiker Subahi (1974-1976)
  • Nasr El-Din Abbas (1977)(1982-1983)
  • Shawgi Abdelaziz (1977-1980)
  • Jafar Abdelrazig (1980-1983)
  • Nugueira (1983–1984)
  • Mohamed Hussein "Kassala" (1984-1986)
  • Ahmed Abdalla (1986-1987) (1991-1992)
  • Kamal Shaddad (1987)
  • Meiroslav (1987–1991)
  • Shaikh Idris Kabashi (1991-1993)
  • Anwar Jassam (1994) (2002)
  • Mohamed Hassan "Hassoun" (1994-1995)
  • Hassan Elmasry (1995-1996)
  • Fawzy Elmardi (1996)(1998–1999)(2000)(2016)
  • Mustafa Elnager (1996–1998)
  • Markeinos (1999-2000)
  • Ahmed Adam "aafia"(2000-2001)
  • Mustafa Younis (2002-2003)
  • Branco Tucak (2003-2004)
  • Sofiane Elhaydosi (2004–2005)
  • Heron Ricardo Ferreira (2006–2008)
  • Mohamed Muhieldin Eldiba (2008) (2017)
  • José Dutra dos Santos (2009)
  • Paulo Campos (2009–2010)(2014)
  • Milutin Sredojevic (2011)
  • Diego Garzitto (2012-2013)
  • Elfatih Elnager (2013)
  • Salah Mohamed Adam (2013) (2019)
  • Nasreddine Nabi (2014)
  • Patrick Aussems (2015)
  • Nabil Kouki (2015)(2017)(2019)
  • Jean-Michel Cavalli (2016)
  • Tarek El-Ashry (2016)
  • Ilie Balaci (2016)
  • Denis Lavagne (2017)
  • Khalid Bakhit (2017)
  • Mohamedelfatih Hijazi (2017)
  • Sergio Farias (2018)
  • Mohamed Eltayeb (2018)
  • Irad Zaafouri (2018) (2018-2019)
  • Lamine N'Diaye (2018)
  • Haitham Mustafa (2019)
  • Hamada Sedki (2019-)

Captain history

  • Amin Babiker (1930)
  • Mohammed Hussein Sharfi (1930–1933)
  • Hassan Mabrok (1933–1935)
  • Abdelaal Hussein (1935–1938)
  • Hashim Deifallah (1938–1942)
  • Abdelkheir Salih (1942–1946)
  • Salih Rajab (1946–1947)
  • Yusuf Abdelazeez (1947–1948)
  • Awad Ahmed (1948–1949)
  • Mohamed Talat Farid (1949–1950)
  • Elnour Balla (1950–1952)
  • Abdelkheir Salih (1953–1956)
  • Zaki Salih (1956–1957)
  • Siddiq Manzul (1957–1963)
  • Osman Babiker Subahi (1963–1964)
  • Eid Dudu Damor (1964–1966)
  • Ibrahim Yahia El-Kawarty (1966–1969)
  • Amin Mohammed Zaki (1969–1971)
  • Muhieldin Osman(1971–1974)
  • Nasr El-Din Abbas (1974–1977)
  • Ali Gagarin (1977–1978)
  • Izz Eldin Osman Ahmed Suliman(1978–1981)
  • Gasim Ahmed Osman (1981)
  • Abdallah Musa (1982)
  • Salah Abdallah (1982)
  • Mustafa Elnager (1982–1984)
  • Mustafa Seimawi (1984–1986)
  • Tarek Ahmed Adam (1986–1993)
  • Mansour Bashir (1993–1994)
  • Jamal Mohamed Khamis (1994–1997)
  • Aakif Ataa (1997–1998)
  • Mustafa Komi (1998–1999)
  • Mohamed Hamdan (1999–2000)
  • Hamed Kamal (2000–2003)
  • Haitham Mustafa (2004–2012)
  • Omer Mohamed Bakhit (2013–2014)
  • Saif Eldin Ali Idris Farah (2015–2016)
  • Mudathir El Tayeb (2017–2018)
  • Mohamed Ahmed Bashir (2018–2019)
  • Abdellatif Saeed (2019–)

Honours

National titles

Champion: 1965, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Record)
Champion: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2016

Regional titles

Champion: 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993

African titles

Runner-up: (2) 1987, 1992

Arab titles

Runner-up: (1) 2001

Performance in CAF competitions

1966 – Semi-finals
1967 – First round
1970 – Second round
1974 – Second round
1982 – Second round
1984 – First round
1985 – Second round
1987 – Finalist
1988 – Quarter-finals
1990 – Quarter-finals
1992 – Finalist
1995 – First round
1996 – First round
1997 – Second round
1999 – Second round
2000 – First round
2004 – Third round
2005 – First round
2006 – Second round
2007 – Semi-finals
2008 – Group stage (Top8)
2009 – Semi-finals
2010 – Second round
2011 – Semi-finals
2012 – Second round
2013 – First round
2014 – Group stage (Top8)
2015 – Semi-finals
2016 – First round
2017 –Group stage (Top16)
2018 - First round
2018–19 -First round
2019–20 -
2004 – Group stage (Top8)
2006 – Intermediate round
2010 – Semi-finals
2012 – Semi-finals
2018 - Group stage (Top16)
2018–19 - Quarter-finals
1978 - Second round
1994 - First round
2001 - First round
2003 - Second round
1998 – Quarter-finals
2002 – First round

Performance in UAFA competitions

1993 – Group stage
1995 – Group stage
1996 – Group stage
1999 – Preliminary stage
2000 – Group stage
2003–04 – First round
2005–06 – Semi-finals
2007–08 – First round
2008–09 – Second round
2019-20 - First round
1989 – Semi-finals
2001 – Finalist

Performance in Cecafa Clubs competitions

1985 – Group stage
1987 – Group stage
1988 – Third place
1989 – Group stage
1992 – Fourth place
1994 – Semi-finals (Withdrew)
1996 – Group stage
1999 – Quarter-finals

Motto

The motto for Al-Hilal is Allah – AlWatan – Al-Hilal. It is translated to English as "God – The Nation – Al-Hilal", which establishes a priority love list for Al-Hilal fans.

Current squad (2019–20)

As of 21 July 2019

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 Younis Eltayeb
2 MF Abuaagla Abdalla
3 DF Amar Ali
5 MF Mohamed Mokhtar
7 FW Suhaib Ezzeldin
9 FW Walaa Eldin Musa
10 FW Mohamed Musa Eldai
11 FW Waleed Bakhet
12 DF Samawal Merghani
13 MF Nizar Hamid
16 GK Jamal Salim
17 MF Moumen Esam
18 DF Omer Hassan
No. Position Player
19 DF Mohamed Mutasim
20 FW Saleem Mohamed
22 DF Faris Abdalla
23 MF Nasr Eldin El Shigail
25 DF Abdellatif Saeed (Captain)
26 DF Athar El Tahir
27 FW Mowafaq Sedig
28 FW Skandar Samuel
29 MF Mohamed Abdelwahab Daraj
30 GK Mohamed Alnour

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
- DF Ramadan Elfaki Kabo (on loan) Al Ahli Club (Merowe) (Until June 2020)

References

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