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Emad Meteb lifts the lid over speculation on coming out of retirement

Emad Meteb

Former Al Ahly talisman has refuted claims he has decided to come out of retirement to play in Austria, insisting that he still hasn’t taken a decision regarding the matter.

Meteb hung up his boots announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 back in July of this year, explaining that he was forced into taking this decision by Al Ahly former manager Hossam El-Badry.

The owner Austrian fourth-tier  Mostafa El-Nemr said in radio comments that he is interested in signing Meteb if the former national team striker is willing to return to football.

“I would like to thank Mostafa El-Nemr and Hassan Shehata [Mauerwerk’s current technical consultant] for their confidence in me, but I have taken the decision to retire which was a very tough decision for me because I was forced into taking it,” Meteb told ON Sport.

“I wanted to continue playing but only at Al Ahly in Egypt. I would have resumed playing if I had received offers from foreign clubs. When I received a call regarding the Austrian offer I decided to take my time to consider.”

The former Egypt international has been working as a pundit for ON Sport TV since his retirement in July.

“Firstly, I am bound by a contract which I respect with ON Network. Also I need to see if I am ready to return to return to play again from a psychological and technical perspective. I am already training to be ready for my retirement match and also to remain in shape. But in case I came out of retirement training will be totally different.”

“At the end of the day this is all talk, I have yet to receive a formal offer [from Mauerwerk]. The club president invited me and my agent to visit the club in the beginning of November to get to know the atmosphere there.”

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3 Comments

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  1. Henry AbuO.

    October 18, 2018 at 6:06 AM

    Was never a big fan. Always thought he was back up material. Don’t know why the media chooses to give him the spotlight. He’s better in retirement, Egypt soccer is doing better without him. He’s slow, kind of selfish, has a habit of missing the goal (even when it’s empty) and his games to goal ratio sucks even though he’s playing in line a 2nd or 3rd tier league. The only clutch goal i really remember him scoring was the one against Algeria for the World Cup qualifications. Even that one was technically offsides.

    • Ahmed

      October 18, 2018 at 9:55 PM

      Back-up material? He is one of the best Egyptian strikers in the past 15 years. He was part of the team that won the 3 AFCONs and was always a starter for the national team. And how does his goal ratio sucks? Meteb is sixth in Al Ahly’s all time top goalscorers and seventh in the national team’s one and has a goal ratio of 0.40 with the national team which is pretty much the same as Hossam Hassan. The only clutch goal was against Algeria? Don’t you remember his last minute equaliser against Raja Casablanca in 2005, or his strike against Al-Ittihad of Libya in 2010, or his late winner against Sewe Sport that won Al Ahly the 2014 Confederation Cup, or his late equaliser against ES Setif in the CAF Super Cup, or his last minute headers against Petrojet and Entag which have won Al Ahly the league 2016?

      • Henry AbuO.

        October 19, 2018 at 6:24 AM

        No, but I do remember how he missed the empty net against Belarus in the olympics and didn’t score a single goal in the entire tournament. He scored like 3 goals during the whole 2010 world cup campaign. Thats a time span of 2 years! He just so happened to be part of team that won 3 African Cup tournaments due to the prestige of other players at the time (I highly applaud abu treka). Having a 0.4 goal ratio and playing for the best of the worst (Al ahly) and playing against teams like petrojet and entag and you’re only able to score 1 goal every 180 minutes…. I think that supports him being back up material. He’s mediocre. Nothing super normal. Those few goals you mentioned are basically the highlights of his career he has nothing to offer. If Egypt want to progress we have to separate our selves from such players and really develop the players that offer a lot of talent.

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