By Angu Lesley
Former Egypt International and Al Ahly great has announced he will quit professional Football come the end of the current season.
The 37-year old whose career has lasted close to a decade made the revelation on Saturday during his last FIFA club World cup game pitting Al Ahly of Cairo go Al Hilal.
Though still part of Pitso Mitsomane’s plans in the ranks of the Red Devil, the veteran has decided to call quit immediately after the current season.
“It is the most difficult moment for me in my life as a football player to choose the time when I quit playing football in the greatest club in the world and stop defending the colours of the African club of the century as a player.
“I hope that the great Al Ahly fans will remember me throughout history, and God knows that from my first moment in the club, I made a vow and promised myself that I would do everything to serve our great club.
“Today, after my teammates participated in winning the third historic bronze medal in the Club World Cup in the UAE, I announce that this season is my last as a football player,” part of Walid’s statement read.
The man who joined Al Ahly in 2011 from ENPPI continued by appreciating those that have his a chance to join the African club of the century and kept him going for over a decade.
“Thank you to the management of Al Ahly club headed by Mahmoud El-Khatib and all the former officials. Thank you to the current technical staff and everyone who coached me. Thank you to my current and former teammates.
The fans who had been there for him through thin and thick were also appreciated by the man who won four CAF Champions League title for the club.
“Thank you to the great fans who supported me always.Thank God, who gave me what I wished for,” Walid concluded.
The former El Gouna and Petrojet playmaker made his international debut in November 2007, and went on to win
28 caps for Egypt and featured at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
The midfield maestro part of the squad that qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but missed the tournament.
Walid also won four CAF Super Cup and a Confederation Cup title during his glittering career at Al Ahly SC.
Besides Al Ahly and the previously mentioned institutions, he also featured for Al-Ahli, Haras El Hadoud in an 18-year career.
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