Hossam Ashour expresses frustrations over Al Ahly's delay on confirming his testimonial match
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Hossam Ashour expresses frustrations over Al Ahly's delay on confirming his testimonial match

Al Ahly midfielder Hossam Ashour has asked the club to honour their promise of staging a testimonial match for him as he prepares for his retirement. 

The 34-year-old's contract at the Cairo giants was set to run out at the end of the season with the club announcing that they would not offer him an extension. Instead, the club advised him to retire from football and offered him a role at Al Ahly TV. 

Ashour said that he accepted the deal offered and asked for a testimonial match which the club president Turki Al-Sheikh offered to foot the bill. 

“I was told by Al Ahly that Turki Al-Sheikh would take care of my testimonial match completely.

“So I contacted Turki Al-Sheikh per Al Ahly’s request to organize a testimonial match for my retirement and everything was agreed with Turki Al-Sheikh and the club in a meeting," he said.

Ashour revealed that the club has been taking him in circles and are non-committal on this match.

“The club then asked me to send a letter stating that the club would contribute in my testimonial, which I did.

“In my letter, I thanked all Al Ahly players, staff, coaches, management, and everyone who supported me during my career as well as Turki Al-Sheikh.

“When I sent them my version of the letter, they told me they had to make some final changes before they make it official.

“They kept stalling without giving me a response. Everything was going normally and then it stopped and I can’t understand why.

“All I ask is to only set up a testimonial for my retirement and for things go smoothly and quietly,” he added.

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