Egypt legend Mohammed Abou-Treika has retired from football, Al Ahly officials have confirmed.
The 35-year-old two-time BBC African Player of the Year Award winner has refused to change his mind on his decision to retire from the sport, according to Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef.
Ahly announced the playmaker’s decision after they returned to Egypt after a disappointing campaign at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
“I failed to convince Abou-Treika to retreat from his retirement decision,” Youssef told the club’s official website.
“I spoke with the player during the tournament but he confirmed that he has taken his final decision as it’s the right time to quit football,” the tactician concluded.
“Winning the African Champions League and playing in the Club World Cup in Morocco, then goodbye to football and many thanks to all,” Abou-Treika said via Twitter early in October.
Despite his decorated career which saw him get nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year twice, Treika failed to play at the World Cup and his last attempt to help his country qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil failed as Ghana eliminated them from the qualifying play-off.