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Meteb talks El-Hadary, Jose and retirement
Al Ahly veteran striker Emad Meteb has expressed his opinion on whether keeper Essam El-Hadary should return to the Cairo giants, and talked about retirement and the new coach.
Meteb said that if he had to decide, he wouldn’t have approved the return of El-Hadary, the current Wadi Degla keeper, to the Red Castle.
“If I were Al Ahly president, I would have rejected Essam El-Hadary’s return to the team, because it is difficult for the values and traditions of the club,” Meteb said in a rare television appearance on Al Hayat channel.
However, he also heaped praise on the 43-year-old legendary keeper, “there is also no denying that he is the best goalkeeper in Egyptian history with all he has achieved with the national team.”
Meteb also believes that legendary coach Manuel Jose would have been the best choice for the head coach position at Al Ahly.
“If I were to decide, I would have definitely chosen Manuel Jose. He knows everything about Egyptian football and he wouldn’t have worked under pressure, as the fans love him,” Meteb explained.
He, however, hailed the new coach, Martin Jol, saying that he has a long history in the Premier League, yet he might need sometime before he gets to know the players.
The 33-year-old striker has found it difficult to find game time with Al Ahly, even though he has contributed with some crucial league goals this season. In addition, the signing of Al Ahly’s summer recruits Malick Evouna and John Antwi has added difficulty to his situation.
The Egyptian international, however, denied reports linking him with retirement, “I don’t plan to retire any time soon. As long as I feel like I can play 90 minutes, I will continue to play.”