EXCLUSIVE: Al Ahly sign deal with Egyptian-owned Hull City
Al Ahly chairman Hassan Hamdy welcomed Egyptian businessman Assem Allam, a long-term fan of the Cairo giants, to the club on Thursday.
The two clubs have agreed to play a friendly during pre-season with all profits to be donated to the families of the victims of the Port Said tragedy.
The agreement allows Africa’s most decorated side to send youngsters to England to gain experience by training and undergo trials with Hull City.
Al Ahly will also be able to use Hull’s advanced medical facilities, if necessary, to treat injured players.
Watch the press conference (in Arabic) with Assem Allam and Hassan Hamdy discussing the partnership below:
The Tigers have recently added Egypt international full-back Ahmed Elmohamady to their ranks on loan as they target promotion to the English Premier League next season.
Elmo has been in impressive form since joining City, scoring his first goal while providing two assists on Tuesday against rivals Leeds.
Dr Allam, who fled his native Egypt in 1968, has been the owner of English Championship side Hull, along with his son Ehab, since October 2010.
The idea for Hull to host Al Ahly first came up after Assem Allam wrote to the Ahly president to offer his condolences following the tragedy.
Mr Allam said: “Mr Hamdy rang me when he got my letter to say how grateful he was for the support we had shown.”
“It was then we hit upon the idea of bringing Al Ahly over here to play against Hull City.”
Hull City played wearing black armbands against Bristol City on February 11 – their first match after the disaster – and the game began with a minute’s silence to remember the dead and the injured.
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