Al-Ahly legendary captain Hossam Ghaly to retire from football next month

Egypt’s Al-Ahly Club captain Hossam Ghaly has decided to officially retire from football. (Al Ahly's Official Website)
Updated 11 April 2018
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Al-Ahly legendary captain Hossam Ghaly to retire from football next month

CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Ahly Club captain Hossam Ghaly has decided to officially retire from the sport in May, the club’s football director has said.

Despite attempts to persuade him away from the decision, Ghaly is certain he wants to retire by the end of this season.

Al-Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told a radio station on Wednesday the board respects his decision and wishes him the best of luck.

The 36-year-old is one of the most gifted Egyptian midfielders of all time, known for his neat distribution of the ball and skilful moves.

Ghaly returned to Al-Ahly last January after ending his contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr Club.

He reportedly chose to retire after a major match set to take place in the UAE between Al-Ahly and another European team on May 11.


Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

Updated 21 April 2019
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Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

  • Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination in the 55kg weight category
  • The competition in Ningbo, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, will continue for the next 8 days

RIYADH: Saudi national Mansour Abdulrahim Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination, ranking the first in the 55 kg weight category, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in China.

He lifted 122 kilograms to head the standings, with Kazakhstan’s Arli Chontey and Malaysia’s Azroy Hazalwafie following on 113kg and 112kg, respectively.

The clean and jerk discipline saw Al-Saleem again head the leaderboard on 140kg.

Hazalwafie lifted just four kilograms less in second, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara was third on 135kg.

Al-Saleem’s efforts in both disciplines saw him convincingly clinch the overall title with a combined 262kg.

He finished ahead of Hazalwafie on 248kg, while Chontey placed third on 246kg.

The champion set a new achievement by winning the first Asian gold medal in weightlifting for the Kingdom.

The president of the Saudi Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Al-Harbi, thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sports officials and the Saudi people for supporting the field, which led to “such a great achievement.”

Amidst an arena full of a host of Olympic and international champions, Saudi Arabia’s national anthem was played and the Kingdom’s flag was raised, as Al-Saleem praised the ability of Saudi sportsmen in all international and regional sports sectors.

A further eight days of competition will continue for the next 8 days in China's eastern city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.