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Egypt Football star Abou Treika to retire next year

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Egypt’s al-Ahly football star Mohammad Abou Treika is set to retire next year, after the club finishes its African Champions League campaign.

“Winning the African Champions League and playing in the Club World Cup in Morocco then goodbye to football and many thanks to all,” Abou Treika said via Twitter on Thursday, according to Egyptian news outlet Ahram Online.

The 34-year-old midfielder will quit when al-Ahly completes their 2013 African Champions League campaign.

The news came after Egypt’s humiliating defeat by Ghana on Tuesday, in a world cup qualifier game.

Widely seen as one of the most prominent Arab footballers, Abu Treika joined the Egyptian league champion club al-Ahly from Tersana club in January 2004.

Abou Treika won 22 trophies with al-Ahly, including four African Champions League titles and a bronze medal at the Club World Cup in 2006.

He has also been voted Confederation of African Football Africa-based Footballer of the Year three times and was a key figure when Egypt won the 2006 and 2008 Cup of Nations titles.

Al-Ahly will play Cameroon visitors Coton Sport on Sunday, in the return match of the semi-final, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in central Africa.

Should al-Ahly qualify, they will either face Esperance of Tunisia or the Orlando Pirates of South Africa in a two-legged final in November.