In a saga that has been dragging for a few weeks now FIFA have intervened in the Youcef Belaili and Al Ahli Jeddah saga with both parties finally agreeing to a contract termination.
Belaili has been clearly unhappy at the club after he made it clear that he wanted to move in this current transfer window.
The winger has been on the wanted list of many big clubs in Africa like Zamalek, Al Ahly and even his former employees Esperance also throwing their name in the hat to land his signature, but Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli Jeddah would not barge on letting the player go. Eventually the relationship between club and player had deteriorated so much that FIFA had to intervene on the matter which was resolved on the 29th of September with both parties agreeing on a mutual termination of the 28-year-old’s contract with the club.
According to multiple reports across North Africa, the 28-year-old was set to travel to Cairo to undergo a routine medical with Al Ahly, but the move is yet to materialise mainly because of the saga with his now former club that dragged for such a long time. With the successful agreement on termination of his contract with Al Ahli Jeddah the move to Al Ahly is now likely to happened sooner than expected.
Last season, the winger played 18 games with the Saudi Arabia side scoring five goals and assisting three more strikes.
He had spells at Algerian sides CA Bord Bou Arréridj and Mouloudia d’Oran before being snatched up by Esperance de Tunis. It is worth noting that the player was at once banned from playing the beautiful game for two seasons by the CAF after testing positive for cocaine in September 2015.
He returned to football after serving the suspension and joined Ligue 1 side Angers where he spent just six months making just one appearance.
The winger then returned to Esperance where he played a key role in their last CAF Champions League triumph.
At national team level the 28-year-old made his senior debut in 2015 and has since made 18 appearances scoring 5 goals including a few important goals in the 2019 AFCON and current on-going AFCON qualifiers. His latest goal came against former African champions Zambia as the ‘Dessert Foxes’ put 5 goals past ‘Chipolopolo’ in front of their home fans in Algeria.
By Prince Sobayeni