On Thursday 23, former Egyptian goalkeeper legend, Essam El Hadary announced his retirement from beautiful game of football at the age of 47 while appearing on a TV show.
“Football is my second wife and l have divorced it. I am not retuning to play football again, the entire system and Club heads attacking each other, and may God be in the help of players.” Essam El Hadary Said .
El Hadary first retired from Egypt duty last year after being snubbed in the 2019 African Cup of Nations which was hosted on home soil.
He was caped more than 150 times with the National team since making his debut in 1996.
Uganda Cranes and PSL Mamelodi Sundowns first choice goalkeeper who doubles as Uganda Cranes Captain has wished the legendary a happy retirement ahead of his new role.
“Congratulation to arguably the best goal keeper in Africa for all time on a happy retirement.” Denis Onyango wrote on his Facebook page.
“Essam El Hadary, thanks for inspiration and memories you have earned along and very happy retirement.”
“A true legend in every case of the world. Good luck to him in whatever role he ends up in.” He concluded.
At the international level, he managed to win four African Cup of Nations titles with Egypt.
El Hadary spent most of his playing time with Al Ahly playing for them over 12 years from 1996 with more than 500 games and went on to win eight Egyptian premier League titles, four Egypt Cups, Four Egypt Super Cups , Four CAF Champions league and three Super Cups.
At the age of 45 and 161 day, he became the oldest player to feature in the FIFA world Cup in 2018 in Russia in the last group game against Saudi Arabia.
Besides Al Ahly, he has also played for Ismaily three times, Zamalek, Sion from Switzerland, Itihad Alexander, Al Merrick and Nogoom Football Club.