Emad Meteb considering coming out of retirement to play for Al Ahly
Former Al Ahly and Egypt forward Emad Meteb is considering coming out of retirement after hanging up his boots last summer.
The 35-year-old struggled for game time during his last two years at Al Ahly, with the forward blaming former Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry for his retirement.
He spent the last six months of his Al Ahly contract on loan at Saudi side Al Taawon, before announcing his retirement, saying he can’t play for any club in Egypt other than Al Ahly.
“I feel I can still play. If the squad list increased to 30 players, I can play for the last six months for Al Ahly until I retire for free. I don’t need money,” Meteb told ONSport.
“I refuse to judge a player by his age, the important thing is the effort he can put in. He is not required to play 60 games in the league but may participate in 30. Look at Roger Federer,” he added.
The Red Devils are currently struggling with injuries, which forced them to start their youth team striker Ahmed Yasser Rayan against El-Tersana in the Egypt Cup.
A product of the club’s youth system, Meteb was promoted to Al Ahly’s first team by legendary coach Manuel Jose in 2003 and made his first team debut against Baladeyt El-Mahalla in the 2003/04 season. During his time at the Red Castle, he won all there is to win and was a key part of Al Ahly’s golden generation between 2004 and 2013.
He won 11 Egyptian Premier League titles, three Egypt Cups and six Egypt Super Cups. In addition, he helped Al Ahly achieve the CAF Champions League five times, the CAF Confederation Cup once, the CAF Super Cup four times and helped Al Ahly earn the historic bronze medal in the 2006 Club World Cup.
He was also part of the Pharaohs’ squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations three times in a row and scored 28 goals during his international career.
Meteb etched his name into the Egyptian Premier League history books early on in his career after becoming the league’s youngest-ever top scorer, winning the award while aged just 22. He scored 15 goals in the 2004-05 season, which saw Al Ahly win the title without losing a single game.
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