Moroccan Ahly defender Benoun joins Qatar SC – Egyptian Football


Benoun has made just two substitute appearances in more than eight months after being sidelined for a long time with a heart condition that followed a COVID-19 infection.

He contracted the highly contagious virus while on international duty, just before Morocco traveled to Cameroon to compete in the January-February Africa Cup of Nations.

“The player has informed Director of Football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz that he wishes to move to Qatar for personal reasons,” Ahly said in a statement posted on his official website.

“Coach Ricardo Soares said he couldn’t force the player to continue if he had adaptation problems… and he agreed to let him join the Qatari club.

“Benoun flew to Qatar to undergo a medical before completing the deal,” the Cairo giants added, without revealing the contract length or transfer fee.

The 28-year-old has been one of Ahly’s key players since his arrival in November 2020. A towering centre-back, he has proven to be the most reliable among the team’s centre-backs.

He helped the Red Devils win the African Champions League, an Egyptian Cup title, an African Super Cup triumph and a third-place finish at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.

Benoun’s last appearance came in a 4-1 Egyptian Premier League win over Eastern Company on June 15.

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