Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 08:34
Former Egyptian international player Mahmoud El-Khatib has revealed his ambitions to lead Al Ahly as the club's new president.
El-Khatib was the winner of the 1983 CAF African Player of the Year Award and is the first person to announce his candidacy in the upcoming Ahly's presidential elections.
The Red Devils' presidential elections are due to take place before Thursday, November 30.
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"I have decided, along with some of my colleagues, to run in the upcoming Ahly club board membership and presidency elections," he said on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old, one of the all-time best Ahly and Egypt players, said he had been asked by Ahly members and fans to save the club's values and principles.
El-Khatib was voted the Arab Sportsman of the 20th Century and is the only Egyptian to win the African Player of the Year awarded at the time by French magazine, France Football.
He is Ahly's former vice-president and the first nominee in the elections, he is expected to run in November against the current president, Mahmoud Taher.
Meanwhile, the current club president, Taher, was elected in 2014 and a court ruling dissolved the elected board last year, but it was reinstated temporarily pending new elections thus putting Taher back in charge.