Mohamed Aboutrika was nominated for the 2006 CAF African Footballer of the Year award, and he came second in the 2008 African Footballer of The Year. He was chosen as the best Africa Based Player of the Year 3 times in 2006, 2008 and 2012 . You might know him as the men who ended Orlando Pirate’s dream of earning a second star when he scored for his team Al-Ahly during the CAF Championship second leg finals.
The attacking midfielder who also a forward recently announced his retirement. Hailing from Giza, Egypt, Aboutrika started his career at youth and senior development when he played for Tersana SC club before he making his first debut at his current club Al Ahly.
Aboutrika was part of the Egyptian 2012 London Olympics team, where he scored a first tournament goal against Brazil in 3-2 loss. At 35 Mohamed is still going strong, although his career came to an abrupt end after his retirement last week.
He’s never played for any European clubs, preferring eight-time African champions Al-Ahly for most of his career. The legend tweeted after Egypt lost 6-1 to Ghana to a World Cup qualifying match, “Winning the African Champions league with Al-Ahly inshaAllah(God-willing) and playing in the Club World Cup in Morocco the goodbye to football and many thanks to all,” he said.
But Al-Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef hopes this legend will withdrew his retirement “It’s his decision and I know he is leaving the game now but I wish he can stay a bit longer. The country wants him to play in the next year’s world cup and I will try to convince him to stay otherwise he is one of the best footballers I know,” Youssef said.
This African Icon was pivotal in assisting with successes of both his club and country. In 2008, Aboutrika scored four goals for Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. He scored the winning goal against Cameroon in the final match, helping Egypt to win 2008 Africa Cup of Nation for the second consecutive time. Aboutrika also scored a goal in the semi-final against Ivory Coast, and scored twice against Sudan in Egypt’s group stage match. Cheers to this sporting icon.