Al Ahly and Egypt national team right-back Ahmed Fathi announced that he will hang his boots at the end of the current season.
The Red Devils initially released a statement wishing Fathi the best of luck in his future endeavors, suggesting that he will leave Al Ahly at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old then released a lengthy statement on Instagram where he confirmed that he is set to leave at the end of the season.
He went ahead thank Al Ahly for the unconditional love and support after spending more than a decade at the club.
“After more than 12 years of achievements at the club, I think this is the best time to look for a new challenge in my professional career and pass the torch to the younger generation,” Fathi said in the statement posted on his official Instagram account.
“This is life and it’s one of the hardest decisions I have taken in my 20-year long career as a professional football player.”
Fathi is now set to join the list of veterans who will leave the club at the end of the season.
He will join others including Sherif Ektamy and Hossam Ashour who will also leave the club.
Who is Ahmed Fathi?
Ahmed Fathi Abdelmonem Ahmed Ibrahim was born on November 10th 1984 in Banha.
he has played a variety of roles in the midfield, including right and defensive midfield and has also occasionally played in the right back role for club and country.
He started his career with Egyptian side Ismaily SC before moving to England to play in the Premier League with Sheffield United in 2007.
He returned to Egypt after a few months and signed for Al Ahly. He also spent some time on loan at both Kuwait side Kazma and Hull City in England.
He made a total of 338 appearances for Al Ahly, scoring 24 goals and providing 61 assists in all competitions.
He lifted over 15 trophies with the Red Castle including ten Egyptian Premier League titles and three CAF Champions League titles.
He also captained them to the CAF Champions League semi-finals this season.
He has represented Egypt since 2002, where he played 134 games and scored three goals in the process.