Al Ahly winger Walid Soliman retires from international football
Soliman was surprisingly left out of Javier Aguirre’s Egypt squad for their encounter with Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers despite his impressive club form.
The 33-year-old led Al Ahly to the CAF Champions League final, scoring six goals and assisting four times as well as netting once in this year’s league campaign.
Walid was overlooked by Aguirre in favour of Al Ain’s Hussein El-Shahat, Islam Gaber of El-Dakhelya, and Arab Contractors’ Taher Mohamed Taher.
On Wednesday Soliman revealed on his social media accounts that he would no longer play for the national team, saying: “In order not to cause embarrassment to everyone. I’m announcing my retirement from international football. Best of wishes to our national team.”
Soliman has represented the Egyptian national team 22 times before and was named in the Pharaohs’ preliminary World Cup squad, but failed to make the final team.
He made his international debut in November 2007, but his last appearance came against Guinea in a friendly in August 2016.
Soliman was also part of the squad that qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but didn’t play any game in the qualifiers, making the bench in Egypt’s 2-0 victory over Ghana.
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