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El-Khatib thanks Taher after winning Al Ahly election

Mahmoud El-Khatib
legend thanked former president after defeating him in the Red Castle’s presidential elections on Thursday.

El-Khatib was elected as the Red Devils’ president after overcoming Taher in a fierce election. Right after the announcement, El-Khatib expressed his gratitude to Al Ahly members and fans, saying they placed a huge responsibility on the newly elected board’s shoulders.

“I expected the huge attendance. I sensed the people’s desire to change and we’ll make sure to provide them with everything,” El-Khatib said after the election results were announced.

“I’d like to thank the former board and I assure that we’ll continue what they’ve started,” Bibo added.

El-Khatib, one of the all-time best Egypt footballers, is the only Egyptian to win the African Player of the Year award. He retired from football in 1988 after serving Al Ahly for more than 16 years, which saw him help the Red Devils win 10 league titles and eight Egypt Cup titles.

He has since held several managerial positions at the Red Castle, including the vice president post between 2002 and 2013. The 63-year-old is now set to take over as president until 2021.

Former Al Ahly board member and minister of sports El-Amry Farouk was elected as vice president after overcoming former CAF General-Secretary Mostafa Fahmy while the treasurer race saw Khaled El-Darandali beat Kamel Zaher.

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