Raja Club Athletic team captain Badr Benoun has officially joined Cairo giants Al Ahly, the Red Devils have announced the deal on Wednesday, according to Kingfut
Al Ahly have been actively looking to add reinforcement to their defensive department after the injury of Mahmoud Metwally, who is set for a lengthy period on the sidelines after tearing his knee’s anterior cruciate ligament.
Additionally, Al Ahly have been suffering from the recurrence of injuries for Rami Rabia and also the lack of consistency for Yasser Ibrahim and Ayman Ashraf, the things which called the club management to look for a new centre-back.
And due to the lack of strong defensive options inside Egypt, they decided to recruit Moroccan centre-back Badr Benoun from Raja Casablanca, who played his last game for the club against Zamalek in the CAF Champions League final semi-finals.
The Red Devils were constantly linked to Benoun for around two years now, but the club have always been refuting the news, before finally completing the deal this summer.
Al Ahly stated that the Moroccan international has put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.
He becomes Pitso Mosimane’s first signing as Al Ahly manager and the club’s third recruit of the window after Taher Mohamed Taher from Arab Contractors and Ahmed Abdelkader from Sparta Prague.
The club is also expected to announce the signing of former youth product and current Wadi Degla defender Ahmed Ramadan Beckham in the upcoming days.
The Reds now will have to let go of one of their foreign players as they currently have five in their squad, with Angola international Geraldo and w winter signing Aliou Badji reportedly closing on club exit.
Raja Casablanca have reportedly earned $2 million from Al Ahly for the sale of their team captain, who spent the last eight years at their ranks.
Benoun will become Al Ahly’s second-ever Moroccan player after Walid Azaro, who left this summer to Saudi side Ettifaq after three successful years with the club.
He also becomes the latest Moroccan to ply his trade in Egypt after Zamalek duo Achraf Bencharki and Mohammad Ounnajem, Wadi Degla star Abdelkabir El Ouadi.
The 27-year-old defender is a product of Raja youth system and was promoted to the reserve team in 2012, before making the first-team a year later.
The towering centre-back also spent two stints out on loan Wydad Fes and RS Berkane, before returning back to his parent club at taking the arm band.
He represented Raja in over 150 games club, including 27 last season, while scoring 15 times, while providing six assists.
During his time at the club, he led the club to six trophies, namely two league titles, including a historic one last season, two cup titles, the CAF Confederation Cup in 2018, and the CAF Super Cup.
On the international level, he represented the Atlas Lions on three occasions, and was even named in their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, before being replaced by Youssef En Nesyri.
Benoun was also the hero for their country when he captained the local side to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) title, scoring twice in the qualifiers, including once against Egypt, and made the team of the tournament.