Egypt and Ahly stars Ahmed Hassan and Mohamed Abou-Treika were invited to participate in next month’s testimonial match for Nigeria’s former striker Nwankwo Kanu in Lagos.
“Ahmed Hassan and Abou-Treika were invited to play alongside some other football stars in Africa against Nigeria in the testimonial match of the Super Eagles former hitman Nwankwo Kanu on 11 June,” Ahly’s official website said in a statement.
The Egyptian national team duo expressed their delight, affirming that they felt greatly honoured to participate in Kanu’s festival, as he is one of the great talents in the history of African football. Now they are waiting for the approval of the technical staff, especially as the club faces a stiff competition to win the Egyptian league title this season.
Abou-Treika may be doubtful for the game as he was hit again with a calf injury in a friendly against Kuwaiti Al Salmiyah on Friday.
The experienced Kanu, 34-years-old, played for Ajax, Inter Milan and Arsenal before settling with Portsmouth in 2006. In 2010 he ended his 16-year-long international career when Nigeria’s elimination from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
It was reported that African football stars, like George Weah, Kalusha Bwalya, Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, Sully Muntari, Samuel Eto'o and Emmanuel Adebayor have all showed their interest in attending the event.