Honouring the great Mahmoud El Khatib

Honouring the great Mahmoud El Khatib
Mahmoud El Khatib ‘Bibo’ draws team names during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification Draw

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 30, 2020. 09:00

Today, Friday 30 October 2020, marks the 66th birthday of Egyptian football legend Mahmoud El Khatib.

Known by the nickname ‘Bibo’, El Khatib was an icon of Egyptian football in the 1970s and ‘80s. The striker was honoured as African Footballer of the Year in 1983 and was also named as the Arab Sportsman of the 20th century.

He was recognised by IFFHS as the joint 11th-best African player of the last century and by CAF in 2007 as the second greatest.

On the international front, he won the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and represented the country at the Olympics two years prior, while his club career saw major success with Cairo giants Al Ahly.

‘Bibo’ won 10 Egyptian Premier Leagues and Ahly’s first two African Cup of Champions Clubs (now the CAF Champions League) titles in 1982 and 1987, amongst many other honours.

He currently serves as the president of Al Ahly and will hope to see his club claim a record-extending ninth Champions League title when they face either Zamalek or Raja Casablanca in the 2019-20 final next Friday, November 6.

Here are some YouTube videos highlighting El Khatib’s greatest moments as a player:

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