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Egypt’s legendary Abou-Treika announces plan to retire

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Posted on October 17, 2013

Egyptian legend has announced he will retire once Al-Ahly’s CAF Champions League and potential Club World Cup campaign concludes. 

Sad news for Egyptians, not just Al-Ahly fans, as Mohamed Abou-Treika – one of the few players loved by almost everyone in this country regardless of the team they support – has decided to hang up his boots at the season’s end.

Mohamed Abou Treika tweeted on Thursday: “Winning the African Champions League with Al-Ahly inshaAllah (if God wills) and playing in the Club World Cup in Morocco then goodbye to football and many thanks to all.”

Only a few words but they have surely broken the hearts of many. Abou-Treika, who has made 101 caps for the national team, is undoubtedly one of the best players ever in Egyptian football history and playing in the World Cup was something many believe he deserved the most.

Egypt’s harsh 6-1 loss to Ghana on Tuesday was surely a main factor behind the 34-year-old taking such a decision.

He still has hope against the Black Stars though, as he said: “Football does not know the word ‘impossible’. We will try our best to achieve a score that eliminates the big result in Ghana.”

After the match against Ghana, he told the young players among the Egyptian squad: “Do not lose hope and do not despair. You are our hope.”

Abou-Treika will definitely be a huge loss to , he is the kind of player who makes football look easy.

It is still possible a miracle happens and Egypt qualifies to the World Cup, but the Pharaohs will somehow need to overturn a five-goal deficit for the world to see ‘El Magico’ on the grand stage.

Al-Ahly will play the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League semi-Final against Coton Sport in Gouna on Sunday.

22 Comments

  1. Ali

    October 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Abou Treika deserves an hour-long documentary showing his feats on and off the field. You can’t even find a proper highlight reel of him on youtube!

    • AhlyInfo

      October 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I totally agree!
      He is one of Egypt’s best players in History!
      I really hope he gets the appreciation he deserves isA

    • Habib

      October 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Could not agree more!

    • Sherif El Masry

      October 18, 2013 at 4:34 AM

      Ali, I agree with you 100%. An hour-long documentary is the minimum what they can do for the magico.

    • Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

      October 19, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      Hopefully, the Bob Bradley documentaries being filmed will do a bit of that and give him proper spotlight.

  2. GHANSON

    October 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    LOL…there u go..I told u guys once again that by the time Ghana finish with the pharaohs,there will be no more such thing as egyptian pharaos team…total DEMOLITION!..Salaah too will retire after another THRASHING in 2nd leg then all the rest will follow…Maybe egypt should begin making a new team from the scratch..
    More goal poachers on deck…they will score hat-tricks each,,Jordan,Dede,Wakaso,Gyan,Waris,Atsu, YEAHH thats 18 nil we gonna score next month..

    November 19>>> Ghana 18-1 Egypt
    Brazil,Here comes GHANA!

    • Abo Treika

      October 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Ghanson, you’re an idiot.

      • KWAME NKRUMAH

        October 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Ghanian suporters asked Honourable ABOU TREIKA to score one goal for them and he scored a penalty..Why is he planing to retire? .Ohh!! I got it ,,He IS old
        and have to give chance to the youngsters..@ Abo Treika, GHANSON is a teaser every where..At Ghanasoccernet.com or Ghanaweb.com/ Sports even thoo at Zamfoot.com, Zambian football blogging website.Hehehehehehe. But i like that guy Ghanson…GHANSON IS REALLY AN IDIOT hahahahahahahaa..

    • Mohaned Ghanem

      October 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      You act like Egyptians actually talked trash to your guys before or after the game. Grow up and graciously accept the victory that we have all commended you on.

    • Nana King

      October 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Ghanson I agree with you except that Asamoah Gyan cannot hit a hat-trick against Egypt because He will blow all the chances away over the bar!!!

  3. Mohammed

    October 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I would love to see abo treika as a manager for Egypt one day in the near future, his services for Egypt doesint end here!

  4. John Mensah

    October 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Abou Treika is not just an Egyptian Hero, but a real and true African Hero ranked among the likes of Abedi Pele, Roger Miller, Dr. Kumalu, JJ Okocha, Mustapha Hadji and Kalusha Bwalya. I know for a fact that many in Ghana love and respect him including myself, he deserve all the respect, he is a TRUE AFRICAN HERO..

  5. GHANSON

    October 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    @John Mensah… Abutreka is a hero..that is true..But i disagree with you when you say he is an African hero…He is not! u mentioned JJ Okocha,Roger Miller etc,have you forgotten that egyptians and north africans do not consider themselves to be Africans?? They are more affiliated with the middle east ……so ABUTREKA IS NOT AN AFRICAN HERO

    • Mohammed elsaka

      October 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      As an egyptian i consider myself as an AFRICAN, north AFRICAN, arab and middle eastern.

      if you are from north AFRICA you are still obviously from AFRICA itself ( just from the north of it)

    • Mohammed elsaka

      October 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      ABOUTRIKA IS ONE OF THE GREATEST HEROES IN THE WORLD NOT JUST IN AFRICA.

  6. GHANSON

    October 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Can you please list all his achievements?? because I dont even know about this abutreka guy…all i know is he came to kumasi and scored a penalty which he shouldnt have scored…it shouldve been Ghana 6-0Egypt

    • AhlyInfo

      October 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      You want a list of all his achievements?
      There you go:
      National Team

      Winner of African Cup of Nations Egypt 2006
      Winner of African Cup of Nations Ghana 2008

      Club

      Al Ahly

      Bronze Medalist at FIFA Club World Cup 2006
      Winner of CAF Champions League (2005), (2006), (2008), (2012)
      Winner of Egyptian League : (2004–2005), (2005–2006), (2006–2007), (2007–2008),(2008–2009), (2009–2010), (2010–2011)
      Winner of Egypt Cup (2006), (2007).
      Winner of African Super Cup (2006), (2007), (2009).
      Winner of Egyptian Super Cup (2005), (2006), (2007), (2008), (2010).

      Baniyas SC

      Winner of Gulf Champions League (2013).

      Individual

      Came 2nd in the 2008 CAF African Footballer of the Year award.
      Nominated for the 2006 CAF African Footballer of the Year award.
      Winner of the 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.[30]
      Nominated for the 2006 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.[31]
      Winner of the 2012 Africa Based Player of the Year.[32]
      Winner of the 2008 Africa Based Player of the Year.[33]
      Winner of the 2006 CAF Best African player in Club Competitions.[33]
      Named in the CAF Best XI (2006,2008,2012).
      Named in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Top 11.[34]
      Top scorer in the FIFA Club World Cup 2006 with 3 goals.
      Top scorer in the CAF Champions League 2006 with 8 goals.
      Top scorer in the Egyptian League (2005–2006) with 18 goals.
      Top scorer in the Egyptian Soccer Cup (2007) with 4 goals.
      Top scorer of the Cairo Derby with 13 goals.
      Most goals scored in FIFA Club World Cup: 4 goals (held jointly with Denilson and Lionel Messi).
      Named in the Goal 50 list for best footballers in (2012/2013) as 29th.[16]
      Named in the Goal 50 list for best footballers in (2008/2009) as 45th.[35]
      World’s most Popular Footballer amongst active Players in 2008 (IFFHS).[36]
      World’s most Popular Footballer amongst active Players in 2007 (IFFHS)

      He IS a legend!

  7. GHANSON

    October 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Ok,fair enough..Looks like he has accomplished a lot in the past few years..Thats impressive but he still has NEVER set foot on the World`s biggest stage..(WORLD CUP)..Anyway if the above information is true and accurate,then kudos to Mr.Aboutreka..a true African Legend.
    But pharaohs will still be thrashed in 2nd leg..thats all that matters right now.

    • Abo Treika

      October 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Ghanson… still an idiot I see. Why don’t you take Ghana’s victory graciously the same way other respectable Ghanaians have done so? Egyptians will support Ghana in the World Cup as they always have, but it is idiots like you who disgrace our continent.

      • Ali AbdUl

        October 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        abo treika very very well said

      • Pharaohs still #1

        October 21, 2013 at 5:01 AM

        Who told you that all Egyptians will cheer for Ghana?!? i will not, i only cheer for the Pharaohs, even if they don’t qualify. African teams will never get to the semis, the only team who could do it, is Egypt…. if they will ever qualify… actually they remind me of Turkey, who were 3rd in 2002 and then disappeared from the world soccer.

        • KWAME NKRUMAH

          October 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

          Humm!! –Mr Pharaohs still No1, I wonder wat GHANSON will reply U of yur coments when asked by Abo Treika that all EGYPTIANS and even the PYRAMIDS will support GHANA when Ghana is in BRAZIL..U know that GUY GHANSON is an IDIOT already hahahahahaha lool, I cant reply U cos I am KWAME NKRUMAH lool The whole world knows wat i ve done for AFRICANS hehehehehe..

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