Al Ahly's player Hossam Ghaly (R) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Yassine El Kordy (L)
Monday Feb 26, 2018. 18:30
News landing through from Egypt is that Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly will retire at the end of the current season.
A darling of the Red Devils supporters, Ghaly confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season to end his 18-year career that is equally marked by controversy and brilliance on the pitch.
In a lengthy interview with Al-Ahram's daily newspaper, Ghaly said he had decided to hang up his boots and embark on an administrative career.
Although he declined to confirm if his new role will be at boyhood club Ahly, the Egyptian launched his career with the Cairo giants as a promising youngster in 2000.
"It's the end of my trip. I've been a professional player for 18 years, during which I played for the best teams,” he said on Saturday.
“I'm satisfied with my career to a big extent. I've never let myself, my fans or my clubs down."
Ghaly returned to Egypt and one of Africa's most successful club last month after Saudi club Al-Nasr cut short his loan spell.
The 36-year-old's leadership qualities and spirited performances made him one of Ahly's fan favourites, although his occasional tantrums have also cost him dearly.
Ghaly revealed that he regretted his decision not to join Birmingham City in August 2007, having abruptly called off the move after having his fitness levels questioned by then coach Steve Bruce during a training session.
"Maybe my little experience resulted in me not appearing in a good way. I received an offer from Birmingham but I thought things were not suitable for me at the time and I rejected it," he added.
"This was worse than what I did at Tottenham (Hotspur) because a move to Birmingham could have helped me re-launch my career (in the Premier League)."