The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed that Egyptian giants Al Ahly have overtaken Milan as the club with the most internationally recognised titles.
The Egyptian outfit were given their sixth African Super Cup title last Thursday, the club’s 19th international trophy and one which sees them oust the Rossoneri who have 18 pieces of silverware.
It comes as a blow for the San Siro club who, for a long time, used their history of prestigious wins and trophies as a way to cover up their fall from being one of the world’s best clubs.
CAF’s statement was issued to stop the debate concerning the number of Ahly’s glories, which was sparked on Saturday after Milan vice-president and CEO Adriano Galliani said that his side would look into the Egyptian’s past achievements to determine their authenticity.
“We will evaluate whether their trophies are all approved. If we find that this is true, we will still remain the most titled club in Europe,” Galliani was quoted as saying by Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
It has since been confirmed that Al Ahly has won eight Champions League titles, four African Winners Cups, six African Super Cups and one Afro-Asian Cup, therefore, swiftly ending the debate.
“Congratulations to Ahly on this historic achievement. CAF is proud of this record that puts Africa on the world map yet again,” CAF President Issa Hayatou told CAF’s official website on Monday.
“This is a positive sign that African football has come of age and it will encourage other clubs to do more.”
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