Two time Egyptian Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) winner, Hany Mohammed Said Zakaria has retired from football at the age of 39.
He has now become the Sporting Director at Egyptian league side, Pyramid FC.
Hany Said made the announced following his side Misre Lel Makkasa’s 2-1 home loss to Haras El Hodood in the Egyptian premier league on Tuesday.
Upon his retirement from playing active football, he now takes over the sporting director post at arc rivals, Pyramid FC.
“I decided to retire after I met with the Misr El-Makkasa board and coaching staff and they all respected my decision. I was planning to retire at the end of the season but I decided to take the decision earlier after receiving a good offer from Pyramids FC.
“I want to thank the board and president Mohamed Abdelsalam for their understanding. They supported me throughout my career at El-Makkasa, which I consider as my first home despite having played for the likes of Al Ahly and Zamalek as well as other clubs. I won’t hesitate to work for El-Makkasa in the future” Hany Said stressed in tears.
Despite not having many accolades at club level, Said was among the Egyptian golden generation that won the 2008 and 2010 AFCONs under legendary Coach Hassan Shehata.
His nations cup accolades came after he served a six month ban for testing positive for drug at the 2002 Mundial staged in Mali.
The 39-year-old who capped 71 times for the Pharaohs in his eight year spell with the national team from 2002-2010 took the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to the national team as well as fans.
“I want to thank all Egyptian fans who supported me throughout my playing career, starting with Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily and finally El-Makkasa, And also my career with the national team,” he added.
The Man ‘Hany Mohammed Said Zakaria’, after beginning his career with Egypt’s Al Ahly, he moved to Bari in Italy, where he was loaned to Swiss side Bellinzona, before moving to Italian sides Messina, Fiorentina, Pistoiese before ending his trade in Europe at French club Mons.
He then returned home to Egypt in 2005 and since then has played for Al Masry, Ismaili, Zamalek, Smouha and Misr Lel Makkasa where he calls an end to his footballing career.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey