- Ayman Ashraf lost his sister and mother in a car crash
- The defender himself suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury
- After all these ordeals, he is proud to participate in Qatar 2020
Ayman Ashraf will never forget the date of September 16, 2016. On that day, the defender of Al Ahly loses his mother and sister in a terrible car accident, while the two women were traveling to Alexandria to see him.
Ashraf lives his worst nightmare when he hears the news. Two years after this tragedy, the 29-year-old Egyptian expresses himself on his Twitter account: “Two years ago, I lost the two people who were dearest to me. I try to forget to lead a normal life, but every day, their memory recalls to me. I remember everything. I no longer feel the pain because there is nothing more painful than the disappearance of the people that one loves “.
At the time, Ashraf was going through a difficult patch. The previous year, the defender suffered a cruciate ligament rupture, even as he was preparing to honor his first selection in Egypt, under the orders of Shawky Gharib. His convalescence keeps him away from the field for many months, but time ends up doing its work. Ashraf regains a taste for life and he begins to leave behind one of the saddest chapters of his existence. Failing to forget, he strives to ensure that these misadventures do not call into question the rest of his career.
A new adventure with Al Ahly
He then decides to engage again with Al Ahly and begins to find the level which was his. Despite competition from Ali Maaloul and Sabri Rahil, he gradually regained a starting position. It even ends up being considered an essential element in the defense of Red Devils. Under his leadership, the club won a famous treble last season, after beating Zamalek in the final of the CAF Champions League.
It is often said that opportunity arises from adversity; Ashraf’s story seems to confirm this adage. Fate now gives him the opportunity to get a little revenge by taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™ with his teammates. Voted Alibaba Man of the Match against Al Duhail SC, he was one of the great architects of Al Ahly’s qualification for the semi-finals. The Qataris pressed for a good part of the second half, but Ashraf and his partners were able to repel all attacks with aplomb.
A dream duel against Bayern
Like all Al Ahly players, Ashraf does not hide his happiness at the idea of competing against Bayern Munich, winner of the UEFA Champions League. He is preparing to play the game of his life, knowing that Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller will certainly force him to push his limits.
The scale of the task, however, does not seem to frighten him: “We have promised our supporters to do our best against Bayern. We will try to give the best possible image of our club.”
“We are going to study this team, its strengths and weaknesses, and we are going to prepare for this match very seriously. We will also try to avoid reproducing the mistakes made against Al Duhail. Our goal is to please our supporters and deliver a performance worthy of the history of this extraordinary club. “