Bencharki began his Zamalek career in a blazer after he moved from Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia’s giants, in July 2019. He helped the Cairo giants win four trophies.
The Moroccan forward made just over 100 appearances in Zamalek’s first season, scoring 39 goals and helping 26. However, a cloud over his future in Cairo loomed earlier this season.
After struggling to get the forward to sign a new contract, and after a shock defeat to Wydad Casablanca, Mortada Mansour, the club president, decided to not renew the contracts of five of his players, including Achraf Bentarki.
But the club tried to tie their star player to a new contract months later after reports linked Bencharki to Al Ahly. Mortada Mensour confirmed that Bencharki had made his decision to leave the Whites after only three seasons.
“We told Bencharki Sunday that we were interested in renewing his contract. However, he assured us that it was not his intention to move to another country.
We met him yesterday. He told us that he did not want to play in Egypt anymore and that he would like to go to Qatar or Turkey.
Bencharki was supposed renew his contract with the previous board before December 31, but we took over the club only on March 10.
Mansour said that instead of asking him to leave, we would thank him for his time and host a farewell party.
Bencharki was a key player in Zamalek’s 2021 Egyptian Premier League win, as well as the 2019 Egypt Cup, 2020 Egypt Super Cup and 2020 CAF Super Cup.
In this season’s league table, Zamalek led with 48 points. This is four more than Al Ahly who still has three games.
This season, he scored nine goals and made seven assists in 27 games as Zamalek lead the league table with 48 points, four ahead of Al Ahly, who still have three games in hand.