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Turki Al-Sheikh steps down as Al Ahly honorary president

Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Sport Authority has stepped down on Thursday as honorary president of Cairo giants Al Ahly.

Al-Sheikh was appointed as the Red Devils’ honorary president following the election of the Al Ahly legend Mahmoud El-Khatib as the Red Castle’s president in December.

Following his appointment as an honorary president, Al-Sheikh has provided the Red Devils with financial support and was expected to be amongst a group of Arab investors to support Al Ahly’s stadium project.

“I was honored to be Al Ahly honorary president over the past months. Over the years and until now Al Ahly remain the club that I support in Egypt,” Al-Sheikh said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

“I was keen that the club’s interests are amongst my priorities and I followed all its ambitions. However, some of the situations that I was involved in have been misinterpreted…Today I find myself obliged to step down as Al Ahly honorary president, hoping that God would protect this club to please its fans,” the statement added.

Al-Sheikh’s resignation comes one day after Ittihad Jeddah announced Ramon Diaz, who was close to taking over at Al Ahly, as the club’s new coach. Al-Sheikh said that the Argentine manager was close to taking over at an Arab club but he found that Saudi Arabian clubs take priority.

The Saudi businessman recently refused to accept the honorary presidency of Zamalek Club, citing his love for Zamalek’s rivals Al Ahly.

بيان على مدار شهور مضت شرفت بالرئاسة الشرفية للنادي الأهلي المصري،، وعلى مدار سنوات مضت كان النادي الأهلي ومازال…

Posted by ‎تركي آل الشيخ – Turki Al Alshikh‎ on Thursday, 24 May 2018

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