Egyptian coach Hossam El-Badry
Under the guidance of Egyptian coach Hossam El-Badry, Merriekh clinched the Sudanese Premier League on Sunday after defeating Khartoum 1-0 in the last round number 26.
Former Zamalek striker ADIKO Rémi Marcel scored in the 11th minute, making his team the champions for the 18th time – and the first time since 2008 – with 73 points, 4 before archrivals Jazeerat Al-Feel.
Merriekh, who still have a celebratory game in hand against Al-Hilal next Wednesday, scored 67 goals and received only 8 goals, winning 24 games out of 25 to prove their supremacy in the tournament, under former Ahly tactician El-Badry.
“I’m happy to win the title, but I want to leave Merriekh – although they want me to stay,” the 56-year-old El-Badry told an Egyptian radio station on Monday morning.
Club president Gamal El-Wali met the Egyptian manager on Sunday to offer him a contract extension, but El-Badry reportedly insists on leaving.
El-Badry won the Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Super Cup with the Cairo giants before he was released. He was succeeded by Ahly’s favorite coach, the Portuguese Manuel Jose.
Egypt’s most successful goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary, currently belongs to Merriekh, but he has been off-duty for more than two months due to an ongoing financial dispute between him and the club’s board.