Saleh Selim (September 11, 1930 – May 6, 2002) was the 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club. He also was a famous Egyptian football player and actor. He was nicknamed El Maestro because of his way of leading the Ahly football team to many victories. He then became the manager of the team, then member of the board of directors of the club. He finally became one of the most successful presidents of the club.
May 6 marked the 13th death anniversary of Egypt’s most renowned football player.
Selim joined Al-Ahly club in 1944 as a football player. Later, he became the club’s football team manager, then a member of the board of directors. Due to the fame he gained as a football player, Saleh was dragged into show business and starred in three movies. In 1980 he was elected the president of the club. He was then re-elected five successive times.
During his presidency, the club won 12 League titles, eight Cup titles, three African champion titles, four African cups, one African super cup, four Arab champion titles, and one Afro-Asian title.
Also under his tenure, al -Ahly was chosen the African Club of the Century; Selim received the award in Johannesburg, South Africa on May, 22, 2001.
On May 6, 2002, Selim died of liver cancer, an illness from which he was treated in London, and which he kept a secret from his fans.
During his presidency, Al-Ahly was elected the African club of the century. On May 22, 2001 Saleh received the award in Johannesburg. He died in 2002 of liver cancer.