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Egypt’s legendary Abou-Treika announces plan to retire
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.”
بطولة افريقيا والفوز بها مع الاهلى ان شاء الله وبطولة العالم فى المغرب ووداعا كرة القدم وشكرا للجميع
— محمدمحمدابوتريكة (@aboutrikamoham1) October 17, 2013
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 Egypt, 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.