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Hadary wins the league with Al Merriekh in his final season in Sudan

El-Hadary champion

Last Wednesday Sudanese club Al Merriekh won their 19th Sudan Premier League title after beating minnows Merriekh El Fasher 2-0 in Omdurman.

Al Merriekh needed to win the game to secure the championship as rivals Al Hilal were only 2 points away and ahead on goal difference so even a draw wasn’t enough.

El-Hadary didn’t play a part in the game and was on the bench, substitute keeper Akram El Hadi Saleem got the nod from the German Kruger after impressive performances in Hadary’s absence – when he was receiving treatment for the nose injury he suffered against Al Amal Atbara in a league game.

Al Merriekh won courtesy of two goals from Ivorian striker Olifia, who wrapped up the match and eventually the championship.

El-Hadary featured 16 times this season in the league and managed 8 clean sheets as well as some good performances as he managed to help secure his second Sudanese Premier league title with Al Merriekh. He will now try and get into the squad for his last game in an Al Merriekh shirt on the 25th of November in the Sudan Cup final against rivals Al Hilal. Hadary will also be looking to win his second Sudan Cup with Al Merriekh in his 3-year spell at the club.

The 40-year-old’s contract with Al Merriekh expires on the 27th November and has decided he will not be renewing for the club and wants to return back to playing in Egypt, he has some offers from Egyptian sides – including newly promoted Qanat Al Suez – which he will take into consideration and decide which club is the most suitable as a next step and probably the final step in his career.

The legendary Egyptian goalkeeper will bid farewell to his Al Merriekh team-mates and to Sudan in the coming week, and president Jamal Al Wali has wished him the best of luck in the remaining of his professional career.

Abdul Musa is a Sudanese football fanatic living in England. Passionate Al Hilal Omdurman and Manchester United supporter who closely follows football across Europe and Africa and writes for various websites including KingFut. African footballing aficionado, Pep Guardiola enthusiast, currently studying BSc Chemistry at University.

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