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The Saudi Al-Ahli football club’s comeback

Al-Ahli’s hard work has paid off, winning two championships following decades of losses

Turki Aldakhil

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Al-Ahli football club has been the season’s uncontested star. Its most recent victory was winning the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Cup on Sunday in Jeddah. Al-Ahli’s hard work has paid off, winning two championships following decades of losses.

It not only entertained its fans by winning the Saudi Professional League Championship and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Cup, but also entertained football fans with beautiful skills. Al-Ahli has given Saudi football a hero.

Sportsmanship

Al-Nassr was a match for Al-Ahli for most of the game, and deserves to be saluted for that. However, Al-Nassr player Ahmad al-Fraidi must be reproached for his shameful behavior and not demonstrating good sportsmanship during a game honored with the presence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Al-Ahli’s hard work has paid off, winning two championships following decades of losses

Turki Al-Dakhil

The king’s attendance enthroned a season that witnessed real competition. The musical segment during halftime, in which Rabeh Saqer and Rashed al-Majed sang, entertained attendees and viewers.

This article was first published in Okaz on May 31, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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