FilGoal | News | The best in Africa .. Mahboob Al Khatib


On the morning of the twenty-ninth of December 1983, Al-Ahly Weekly magazine singled out a special issue that selected Mahmoud Al-Khatib for the Golden Ball award for the best player in the continent of Africa and the best Arab player award for Al-Tadamon magazine.

And the front page ends with a news of Al-Ahly’s filing a complaint to “Tasima”, the head of the referees committee of the Kef, against the Algerian “Hansal”, after Al-Ahly deprived Al-Ahly last month of the day the newspaper appeared from the second of its African titles after losing to Kotoko in the strongholds of Ashanti with a clean goal scored by Khatib’s first competitor for the award. : Ghani Abu Conte.

(Republished on the occasion of the preacher’s birthday)

Reviews with you A report on Mahmoud Al-Khatib … the first Egyptian to win the official African Footballer of the Year award in 1983, coinciding with his 66th birthday.

le bien aime .. Mahmoud El-Khatib

The cover of France Football magazine was not dominated by a picture of Al-Khatib, as is the case with the rest of the award winners since 1970, it was issued by Gigi, the French star Lance, in 1984, but it carried the happy title on the cover when Bebo won the award.

Pages 29, 30 and 31 … Editorial entitled Mahboub Al-KhatibThis is his new title, as the magazine described it, that the public’s call to him by the title Bebo is a shorthand for the word “حبيبو“.

This is because the player enjoys great popularity that has always crowned him on behalf of his peers since his star appeared to shine with Al-Ahly club in 1972 and with the Egyptian national team in particular since the African Nations Championship in Cairo in 1974 .. But I made a press error when I included the football director’s picture for Al-Ahly at the time, Abdel Aziz Abdel Shafi. “.

Al-Khatib 1982 was, of course, deserving of the award, but the vote of the participating countries and the magazine vote in itself saw that the stars of the Cameroonian and Algerian national teams made their maximum shows in 1982 in Spain.

Cameroonian goalkeeper Thomas Nkono crowned her for the second time after he won it for the first time in 1979. Al-Khatib finished fourth and for the first time entered the short list as the best five Egyptian player after an absence of eight years, specifically with Hassan Shehata, the third best player in Africa for 1974.


The number touched on his upbringing, as Mahmoud al-Khatib was born in Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets, in the Citadel area on October 30, 1954, and the father Ibrahim, an employee of the Ministry of Endowments, did not know that his son would be the Sultan of Cairo who was crowned the most expensive prize in the continent, based on the historical figure Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi.

The player grew up in Ain Shams, north of Cairo, before he enrolled, at the age of 12, in the al-Nasr Junior Club tests near his home, which paved the way for him to join the popular Egyptian Al-Ahly in Cairo.

With the Egyptian national team in 1973, he faced in his first match for the Congo national team, and since that date until now he has not failed to join the national team except for the circumstances of injury only, and his international participation reached the number 60.

With a distance of about 16 km from Ain Shams neighborhood, and in the heart of the official stadium of Al-Ahly Club and the Egyptian national team (Cairo Stadium) … you can only hear the sound of Egyptian fans, despite their different affiliations (Bebo) … all unite in the love of “Habibou”.

The competition

The Egyptian, Ghanaian and Togolese, respectively (Bebo, Apoconte and Mutario) faced fierce competition that defined the features of the continent now. Two local names lead the ranking in front of the continent’s professional handlers.

Nevertheless, Mahmoud Al-Khatib topped the best list with 98 points, after he ranked first in the choices of eleven countries (Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Niger, Guinea, Togo, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Morocco, and France Football magazine’s selections. ).

As for his fiercely opponent Apoconte, he finished second with only nine points difference (89 points), after winning first place in the choices of nine countries (Ghana, Mali, Benin, Zaire, Tunisia, Upper Volta, Burkina Faso now, Gambia, Senegal, Gabon) .

The competition was very close, according to the description of the magazine, but it was decided by the number of appearances in the second-place choices. Al-Khatib appeared second in the choices of eight countries: (Gabon, Senegal, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Zaire, Benin, Zimbabwe, Burundi), while his direct competitor It appeared second only in the choices of five countries only: (France Football, Central Africa, Algeria, Togo, Niger).

The difference in points after Khatib and Apoconte fell into an abyss, as Mutario appeared, the star of Togolese Lome, in third place with only 19 points.

And winner of the Best Player in Africa Award in 1978, Ghanaian Abdel Razzaq Karim, the Arab Contractors’ player, is in sixth place with 18 points, equal to Cameroonian Antoine Bell, goalkeeper of the Arab Contractors and Cameroonian Tobifel Abiga, the player Canon Yaounde.

The best fifty list is not without Egyptian players, as Nasser Muhammad Ali, the Arab Contractor player, appeared in the eighth place with seven points, and his colleague Hamdi Noah was in the twenty-seventh place with three points, and Ikrami Al-Shahat, the Al-Ahly goalkeeper, was in the thirty-ninth place with only one point.


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