Benoun lead Al Ahly to three championships—the CAF Champions League, the CAF Super Cup, and the Egyptian Premier League.
Moroccan national Badr Benoun has officially transferred to Qatar Sports Club after weeks of to-and-fro negotiations between the two clubs.
The 28-year-old defender of Egypt’s popular Al-Ahly FC reportedly reached a final agreement with the Qatari club, according to Cairo 24 sources.
Qatar Sports Club had earlier negotiated with Al-Ahly to take on Benoun, however negotiations froze.
QSC reportedly offered $2.5 million to take on the footballer, with the possibility of an additional $3 million in bonuses. In a statement posted on Twitter Benoun himself had wanted to leave the Egyptian club.
Al-Ahly’s former head coach, Pitso Mosimane, who stepped down from his position last month, shared the following tweet in praise of the defender, though failed to mention a move.
Following his absence from the team for a match against Petrojet earlier this month, Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, the director of football for Al Ahly, appeared to confirm the rumoured transfer.
“Badr Benoun has received an offer and it’s now in the final stage. The final decision is in hands of the chief of transfers Amir Tawfik,” Abdel-Hafiz said.
Benoun has played 51 times for Al Ahly since his arrival, scoring four goals and collecting a total of four trophies while leading Al Ahly to three championships—the CAF Champions League, the CAF Super Cup, and the Egyptian Premier League.
In the Egyptian League on Wednesday night, Al Ahly defeated Misr Lel Makkasa 1-0 to remain in competition with Pyramids FC and Zamalek for the domestic championship.
Following a loss to rival Zamalek in the cup final, Al Ahly went on to win two straight games, allowing the latter to close the distance between the two Egyptian giants.