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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Turki Al Sheikh’s turbulent tenure in Egyptian football

Turki Al Sheikh’s turbulent tenure in Egyptian football: This video courtesy of Tifo Football (watch, runtime: 9:29) tells the story of Turki Al Sheikh’s venture into Egyptian football (or at least part of the saga). Head of the Saudi General Sports Authority, Al Sheikh was made Al Ahly’s honorary chairman in return for propping up the club financially. But his decision to persuade Argentinian coach Ramon Diaz to sign for Saudi club Al Ittihad over Al Ahly caused a rupture with the club’s board and fans, leading to Al Sheikh leaving the club. Enter Pyramids FC. Thoroughly annoyed with how the Ahlawys had treated him, Al Sheikh bought Al Assiouty, moved the club to Cairo, spent EUR 40 mn on Brazilian footballers and paid a group of people to become “fans.”

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