Egypt's Al Ahly cruised to a 3-1 win over Al-Ittihad on Friday to book a place in the Club World Cup semi-finals after Karim Benzema missed a penalty before scoring for the Saudi side.
"When the football project started here, it seemed like a huge project in all respects, and I wanted to be a part of it and help advance the game in Saudi Arabia, and this is one of the reasons that made me come here," Benzema said in an interview with the Saudi Pro League, posted on messaging platform X.
The France striker and Ballon d'Or winner signed a three-season contract with the Saudi Pro League club on Tuesday for a total of $165 million, according to local media.
The defeat marked the second match in row in which the 38-year-old Ronaldo failed to find the net, with Al-Ittihad goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe parrying away a fierce shot from the Portugal superstar in injury time.
The second edition of the Egyptian Basketball Super Cup will be played at Dr. Hassan Moustafa hall in 6 October city.
Al Ittihad hosts the 33th edition of the competition and they hope to use the advantage of playing at home to defend their title.
The giants of Alexandria are going to Monday's meeting with a great advantage as they managed to secure a 2-0 lead in the first two games.
Al Ahly's head coach Pitso Mosimane spoke after the game and hailed the performance of his players in the game after losing five points in the last two games.
The Red Eagles have been struggling since they won the derby over Zamalek on 18 April, having achieved just 7 points from their last five matches.
The Red Devils will be hoping to avoid deja-vu as they will be facing Al Ittihad in a repeat of last season's final, which ended with a victory for Al Ittihad.
The Egyptian League's semi-finals matches will be played between 4 and 10 May.
Al Ahly players seek revenge as they lost the Super League and the Egyptian Cup titles last season to the Alexandrian giants.
Hegazi underwent COVID-19 test in England and he is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia in the next few hours.
Hegazi took the decision to join Al Ittihad after a discussion with Bilic who told the Egyptian that he can't promise a starting position for the defender.
Hassan will succeed Talaat Youssef who resigned after Al Ittihad's 2-1 loss to El Masry in the Egyptian league.
Al Ittihad won the final play-offs 3_1 and secured their first league title in 10 years.
Zamalek football team concluded their training at Borg El Arab stadium in preparation to face Al-Ittihad of Alexandria on Monday, in the eighteenth round of the Egyptian League competition.
The basketball competitions in Egypt were suspended due to the spread of coronavirus.
Ahmed Diab, Al-Ittihad’s spokesperson, denied any interest from the Saudi club to sign Al Ahly’s midfielder Hossam Ashour.
The first leg will be played on 18 October and the second leg is scheduled a week later.