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Hossam Ghaly: I hoped to retire at Al Ahly

Ghaly legend revealed that he had hoped to retire at the Red Castle as he bid farewell to his boyhood club on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old midfielder remained on the bench as the Red Devils earned a dramatic 2-1 win over Al Masry to claim the Egypt Cup title and complete the domestic double. This marked Ghaly’s last game with Al Ahly as he already completed his move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr on a one-year deal.

“I wanted to take part in the game and make effort to please the fans until my last moment at the club. There’s nothing better than ending my career at Al Ahly by winning the Cup title despite not taking part in the game,” Ghaly said in televised comments.


“I’ve always wanted to end my footballing career at Al Ahly. If fate allows, I’ll return again, make this wish come true and remain at Al Ahly in any position,” the former Egypt international added.

Despite renewing his contract with Al Ahly in March, the club have not registered Ghaly’s contract in the Egyptian Football Association database. The former Feyenoord & Tottenham Hotspur player will now play for Saudi side Al Nassr which he wore their colours back in 2009.

He will earn a sum of around $850,000 (EGP 15 million) during his one-year contract in Saudi Arabia, which is just above triple of what he makes per year in Egypt.

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