Al Ahly confirm El-Badry close to extending contract, announce Ghaly retirement date
Al Ahly director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz has confirmed that manager Hossam El-Badry will extend his contract with the club.
Hossam El-Badry has taken charge of the team in August 2016 and has gone on to guide them to back-to-back Egyptian Premier League titles as well as the 2017 Egypt Cup and the 2018 Super Cup.
Overall, he led the team in 88 games during his third spell at the club, winning 65, drawing 18, and losing only five, and his impressive record will be rewarded with a new contract.
“El-Badry has stressed more than once his commitment to Al Ahly and his desire to win trophies to make the fans happy,” Abdel-Hafiz told DRN.
“The club’s president is currently outside Egypt, which delayed the renewal negotiations,” he added.
Abdel-Hafiz also announced Hossam Ghaly’s retirement date, adding that Emad Meteb’s return to the club depends on Hossam El-Badry.
Hossam Ghaly has announced earlier that he will retire at the end of the season, after an impressive footballing career, which saw him play for Al Ahly, Feyenoord, Tottenham, Derby County, Al Nasr, and Lierse SK.
“He [Ghaly] has chosen May 11 as the date for his retirement. I wish him luck in his next step, especially that he has made a big name for himself at Al Ahly,” Abdel-Hafiz added.
“We are waiting for Emad Meteb’s decision. His return depends on Hossam El-Badry’s decision.
“We haven’t decided yet whether to participate in Tabuk friendly tournament or not, due to our busy schedule,” he concluded.
Ghaly started his football career at Al Ahly before joining Feyenoord in 2003. A number of fine performances in Holland prompted Premier League side Tottenham to make a move for the Egyptian, signing him for around €3m in 2006.
He never managed to cement a starting position at Tottenham, and a loan spell with Derby County proved unfruitful, which made him move Saudi side Al-Nasr, before rejoining Al Ahly in 2010.
He left Al Ahly to join Lierse SK in 2013, before returning back a year later and last summer he moved Saudi side Al Nasr on a free transfer, but did not last long there, before returning back to Al Ahly again.
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