DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Football Writer Kick442.com, Cameroon
Former Egyptian football star, Mohamed Aboutrika has had his bid to get removed from the Egypt Terror Watchlist rejected. The Court of Cassation in Egypt on Thursday March 11, 2021, ruled against the ex-star’s appeal.
Aboutrika appealed to have his name removed from the terror watchlist almost four years after he was included in the list in 2017 for financing the now banned Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which backed former president Mohamed Morsi.
He along 1528 persons were banned by Egyptian law for involvement in the activities of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in the country. They are expected to remain in the list till May 2023 according to the final judgment passed on Thursday.
Mohamed Aboutrika actively got involved in the activities of the brotherhood from which former Egyptian leader Morsi hailed. He officially backed the candidate, Morsi for the 2012 presidential election in the country.
He denies engagement in the financing of the movement.
The inclusion in the Terror Watchlist entails the 42-year-old who currently serve as football commentator for BeIn Sport in Qatar, is prohibited from traveling except on special occasions and had his passport seized.
Aboutrika is considered as the best Egyptian player of all time. He won two Africa Cup of Nations trophies for the Pharaohs of Egypt in 2006 and 2008 and bagged five CAF Champions League and four CAF Super Cup honors for Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
The attacking midfielder was voted Best Egyptian Football of the year consecutively from the year 2005 to 2008. Aboutrika finished second during the 2008 rankings of African Player of the Year Award behind former Togolese star, Emmanuel Adebayor.
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