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Ex-Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan considering football return

The former Ahly and Zamalek star says he may return to playing, less than a year after announcing his retirement

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 7 May 2014
Ahmed Hassan
Egyptian national team captain Ahmed Hassan (R) holds his 2010 African Player of the Year award Based In Africa at the annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Cairo December 20, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former Egypt skipper and Zamalek star Ahmed Hassan has said he might come out of retirement.

Last December, Hassan decided to hang up his boots following his appointment in the backroom staff of Egypt's national team.

"I am considering returning to football again," Hassan said in a TV interview on Tuesday.

"I discussed the matter with my former coach Hassan Shehata and he told me that he returned to top form when he reversed his retirement decision.

"I announced my football retirement amid the uncertainty of the future of the domestic league and the absence of fans from the stands. I accepted a post with the national team and I'm acquiring experience to help me become a coach in the future," added the 39-year-old.

Hassan joined the Whites in 2011 from arch-rivals Ahly. A former star at Kocaelispor, Denizlispor, Gençlerbirligi and Beşiktas, Hassan is one of the few Egyptian footballers to have had a lengthy spell in European football.

He ended his travels at Anderlecht, where he won the Belgian league and Super Cup in 2007, as well as the Belgian Cup in 2008.

Under Hassan Shehata's leadership, Hassan won four African Cup of Nations trophies -- three consecutively in 2006, 2008 and 2010 -- and also took part in the 1998 championship.

Although Hassan is the world’s most capped player with 184 international appearances, his influence decreased when American coach Bob Bradley chose to inject new blood into the team.

Hassan signed a new one-year deal with Zamalek last July, but he has not played due to injury.

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