Essam El-Hadary named as Liwa FC president

Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has been named the new president of second-division Emirati side Liwa FC.

El-Hadary had announced his retirement from football in 2019 after having a short stint at former Egyptian Premier League side Nogoom FC.

After revealing he received an offer to make his comeback, El-Hadary announced that he has officially hung up his boots and will shift his focus towards coaching.

Essam El-Hadary
Essam El-Hadary playing for Egypt

The 47-year-old was offered a goalkeeping coach role by Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel, with El-Hadary set to reunite with former manager Jorvan Vieira.

However, talks fell through as El-Hadary revealed complications that prevented him from taking the goalkeeping coach role at Etoile du Sahel.

And now, the former Al Ahly man took on a managerial role as El-Hadary confirmed that he is the new president of second-division Emirati side Liwa FC.

El-Hadary happy for a new role

Essam El-Hadary was all over the moon after being announced the new Liwa FC president.

“I am honoured to be the president of Liwa FC,” El-Hadary said on Instagram.

El-Hadary had an illustrious footballing career with the Egyptian national team, having won three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles between 2006 and 2010.

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Essam El-Hadary celebrating 2006 AFCON victory

The former Al Ahly man also became the oldest goalkeeper to play in a FIFA World Cup after starting in Egypt’s 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in 2018.

El Hadary represented Egypt a total of 159 times from his debut in 1996 until his retirement in 2018. He won the African Cup of Nations four times with his country.

He was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, held in homeland Egypt.

El-Hadary again won it in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, held in Ghana and for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, held in Angola.

On 17 January 2017, two days after his 44th birthday, he became the oldest player to ever appear in an Africa Cup of Nations match after replacing Ahmed El-Shenawy in Egypt’s first match of the tournament


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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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