Egypt's El Hadary at AFCON 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AMINAH BABIRYE

Egyptian legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has announced retirement from football at the age of 47.

The veteran shot-stopper made the announcement while appearing on TV on Thursday, indicating it is the right time to put an end to his football career.

El Hadary says he has been forced to retire because of the wrangles and endless conflicts in the football fraternity.

“Football is my second wife and I have divorced it. I am not returning to play football again, the entire system has errors and club heads attacking each other, and may God be in the help of the players.” El Hadary said according to Africatopsports.

“There is nothing to add to my footballing history. There is no goalkeeper in Egypt better than me. I only sat on the bench in 1998 for goalkeeper Nader El-Sayed.” he added.

Hadary had retired from International football last year after being snubbed for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations edition.

He has had a colourful career both at club and country, winning several titles.

With Egypt, El Hadary helped the team win 4 Africa Cup of Nations titles, being named the best goalkeeper on three occasions (2006, 2008 and 2010).

At Al Ahly, he won eight Egyptian Premier League titles, four Egypt Cups, four Egyptian Super Cups, four CAF Champions League titles, three CAF Super Cups, one Arab Club Champions Cup, and two Arab Super Cups.

Club Career

  • 1993–1996           Damietta
  • 1996–2008           Al Ahly 
  • 2008–2009           Sion FC
  • 2009–2010           Ismaily  SC
  • 2010–2011           Zamalek              
  • 2011–2013           Al Merreikh       
  • 2012            Al Ittihad Alexandria (loan)    
  • 2013–2014           Wadi Degla        
  • 2014–2015           Ismaily 
  • 2015–2017           Wadi Degla
  • 2017–2018           Al-Taawoun
  • 2018–2019           Ismaily 
  • 2019–2020           Nogoom

National Team

1996- 2018 – Egypt (159 caps)

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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