Ahly reach final settlement with Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel over Coulibaly case

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Oct 2019

The Ivorian striker will be eligible to play with Etoile Sportive du Sahel

Soulaymane Coulibaly
File photo of Ahly's Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly (Ahram)

Cairo giants Ahly announced on Thursday that they have reached a final settlement with Tunisian side Etoile Sportive du Sahel concerning the Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly.

"The case of Soulaymane Coulibaly is over after signing a tripartite contract between the club, Etoile Sportive du Sahel and the player that preserves Ahly's rights," read a statement on the club's official website on Thursday.

The Ivorian striker joined Ahly from Scottish side Kilmarnock in January 2017 on a three-and-a-half-year deal that produced many fine displays with club; however, he left the club five months later, explaining his acrimonious exit by saying that he received "slave treatment" at the club.

Ahly lodged a complaint with FIFA and Coulibaly was ordered to pay $1,400,000 as sanction by the world football governing body, who decided later to suspend the player for failing to fulfill his financial dues toward Ahly.

Last May, Tunisian side Etoile Sportive du Sahel announced the signing of the Ivorian striker with a four-year-contract with the club.

The Tunisian giants started negotiations with Ahly to reach a settlement concerning the sanction, but the two sides had failed to reach an agreement.

After Thursday's settlement, Coulibaly will be eligible to play in the coming period and is set to participate with the Tunisian side against Ahly in the CAF Champions League.

Ahly will face Etoile Sportive du Sahel next month in the Champions League group stage opener in Sousse.

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