VIDEO: Al Ahly defeat Ajax 1-0 in Hossam Ghaly’s farewell match
Al Ahly have managed to beat Netherlands giants Ajax in the testimonial match of former Egypt international and Al Ahly legend Hossam Ghaly.
Ghaly had announced last February his intention to retire at the end of the current season, putting an end to a career full of achievements with his boyhood club, Al Ahly.
The encounter between Al Ahly and Ajax took place at Hazz’a bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain emirate in the UAE. The game started calmly between the two sides.
However, not much time before Al Ahly showed early signs of threat after Sabry Rahil sent a precise cross towards Emad Meteb whose first time touch was sent by the keeper into a corner.
Al Ahly continued to press Ajax’s defense in their half, Ahmed Fathi played a cross on the far post where Meteb was positioned, however his header went wide.
Big chance came for Phakamani Mahlambi in front of goal, when he collected the ball inside the box, turned inside out and fired just over the bar.
The Dutch side came close to surprising the Red Devils through Justin Kluivert whose shot went along Sherif Ekramy’s goal far post for the first half to end goalless.
In the second half, both coaches made several changes in that influenced the overall performance of the game.
As pre-agreed before the match, the 37-year-old midfielder was subbed off at the 76th minute of the match under a big standing ovation from the Al Ahly fans which attended the encounter.
Salah Mohsen, who came in Ghaly’s place, was the one to break the deadlock for the Egyptian Premier League champions after he broke into Ajax’s box before he brought Mido Gaber’s through ball down with his chest and launching a great half-volley shot into the back of the net.
The retiring midfielder spent the majority of his career with Al Ahly, where he triumphed four league titles, two Egypt Cup titles and three Egypt Super Cup accolades. On continental level, he won two CAF Champions League titles, one Confederations Cup award and a CAF Super Cup silverware. He also has an accomplishment on international level as he won the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt.
Ghaly spent a spell abroad where he played for Feyenoord, Tottenham Hotspur, Al Nassr and Lierse SK.
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