Ahly hand winger Kahraba one-month suspension for disciplinary reasons

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Mar 2021

Ahly said in a brief statement that Kahraba was also fined EGP 200,000 for disciplinary reasons that they did not specify

Mahmoud Kahraba
Mahmoud Kahraba (L) reacts during Ahly's clash against Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup semi-final

Ahly handed controversial winger Mahmoud Kahraba a one-month suspension for disciplinary reasons that they did not specify, the club announced on Wednesday.

The Red Devils also said in a brief statement on their official website that Kahraba was fined EGP 200,000 ($12,700) for "non-compliance", without elaborating further.

Local reports said he was punished for protesting a decision by coach Pitso Mosimane to start him on the bench in the 2-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Talae El-Geish earlier this week. 

The 26-year-old joined Ahly on a free transfer in January 2020 after terminating his contract with Portuguese club Desportivo Aves.

Seven months later, he was hit with a $2 million fine by world governing body FIFA for breaching his contract with Ahly's Cairo rivals Zamalek to join Aves in the summer of 2019.

Although Kahraba has been a key Ahly member since joining, he continued his habit of stirring controversy.

He was banned for 10 matches by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) in February last year after being involved in an altercation with several Zamalek players during a bad-tempered Egyptian Super Cup game that took place in the United Arab Emirates.

Last September, he was handed an EGP 1 million fine ($63,800) by Ahly following a training ground bust-up with the team's goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi.

The latest controversy saw Kahraba miss Ahly's clash against South American champions Palmeiras in the Club World Cup third-place playoff last month after violating the tournament's COVID-19 precautionary measures. 

He will now not be available for some key Ahly games, including Saturday's game at home to DR Congo's Vita Club in the African Champions League and an Egyptian Premier League match against Ismaily on 10 March. 

Kahraba has made a superb start to the season, netting six goals in 14 appearances in all competitions.

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