Egypt’s Ahly want charity friendly with Bayern to support Syrian refugees

Eslam Omar , Sunday 6 Sep 2015

Ahly keen to join European clubs in helping refugees

Ahly vs Bayern Munich
File Photo: Al-Ahli's players celebrate a goal against Bayern Munich in Doha, Qatar, 7 January, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Ahly's board plan to ask European giants Bayern Munich for a charity match in Germany to raise money and awareness for Syrian refugees.

“Ahly thank Bayern for their solidarity with Syrian refugees and will ask to play a friendly in Germany to support the cause,” the club announced on their website on Saturday.

Bayern Munich are among many major European football clubs, including Real Madrid, to publicly express their solidarity with refugees.

Ongoing wars in Syria and other countries have led to tens of thousands embarking on perilous journeys across land and sea to seek refuge in Europe in the past months.

The Egyptian club said they would cover their own transport and accommodation costs so that all the match's revenue could go towards helping refugees.

Ahly acknowledged that any match would have to be arranged "according to the two sides' schedules", with the clubs committed to national and international competitions in their respective continents.

Ahly and Bayern last met in Qatar in January 2012 when the Germans won 2-1 in a friendly. Bayern's winner that day was scored by Croat Ivica Olic in stoppage time after Ahly's Mohamed Barakat had earlier equalised.

On Sunday the Italian club Roma launched an initiative called "Football Cares", aimed at enabling clubs and fans to raise funds towards the refugee crisis.

The plight of refugees - particularly those from Syria - has been in the international community's spotlight of late, with a wave of public compassion after images of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach were widely distributed.  

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