Player of the Week: Ahmed Abdelhay


Lausanne, Switzerland, October 19, 2020 - He's picked up almost every award available in Africa and a few more further afield; he's been sought after by clubs across the world; but the stalwart opposite Ahmed 'Salah' Abdelhay has remained true to his home country of Egypt and the club of his roots Al Ahly of Cairo.

The 36-year-old, who began his international career with Al Ahly at the start of the milennium, has only briefly competed abroad with stints at Russia's Dynamo Yanter of Kaliningrad, Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal of Riyadh, as well as a season each with Turkey's Halkbank Ankara (earning a gold in the third-tier European CEV Cup) and Galatasaray Istanbul.

Salah attacks against Australia at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup.

At home, other than Al Ahly, Salah has also played for Talaea El Gaish in Cairo, but he's now back with Al Ahly since 2018. In his illustrious club career he has won seven African Club Championship titles (six of those with Al Ahly) plus five Arab Club Championship gold medals.

Salah has even more distinctions with Egypt's national team, which he first joined in 2003 and led them to no less than six consecutive gold medals at the African Championships, from 2005 to 2015.

And that's not to mention the plethora of individual awards Salah has picked up. Beyond Egypt and Africa, where he has established himself as arguably the top player of the last two decades, he has also made his mark at the 2011 FIVB World Cup as best attacker and the 2015 edition of the same competition where he emerged as top scorer with 230 points (or 21 per match).

Player of the Week features:
Week 1: Yuji Nishida
Week 2: Annie Drews
Week 3: Klemen Cebulj
Week 4: Brayelin Martinez
Week 5: Milad Ebadipour
Week 6: Gabi Guimaraes
Week 7: Karol Klos
Week 8: Onuma Sittirak
Week 9: Simone Giannelli
Week 10: Eda Erdem
Week 11: Tsvetan Sokolov
Week 12: Sarina Koga
Week 13: Louisa Lippmann
Week 14: Facundo Conte
Week 15: Ding Xia
Week 16: Matt Anderson
Week 17: Britt Herbots
Week 18: Wilfredo Leon
Week 19: Nataliya Goncharova
Week 20: Jenia Grebennikov
Week 21: Kim Yeon Koung
Week 22: Wallace De Souza
Week 23: Paola Egonu
Week 24: Egor Kliuka
Week 25: Malwina Smarzek
Week 26: Yuki Ishikawa
Week 27: Jordan Larson
Week 28: Gord Perrin
Week 29: Tijana Boskovic

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