Egypt’s al-Nasr football club has elected a woman on Saturday as its new president, in the first case of its kind by an Egyptian or Arab club.
Women previously headed sports federations in various Arab states, but the election of Sahar Abdul Haq as a club’s president was unprecedented in the region.
Sahra, who competed against five men, won 2,219 votes out of the total 4,265. She beat her closest rival by 900 votes. Sahar said she was the fourth women ever to head a football club in the world. Her claim would not be verified.
Sahar, the sister of club’s former president, pledged to work help the club ascend to Egyp’s Premier League division. The club is currently playing the country's first division.