Ex-Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan retires from football
Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Saturday 7 Dec 2013
Cairo's Zamalek to honor the world’s most capped player who announced his official retirement from football on Saturday director

Former Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan decided to leave the Zamalek giants and hang up his boots following his recent appointment to the Egyptian national team's technical staff.

On Thursday, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said that the experienced midfielder will become the Egyptian national team's director under the guidance of newly appointed coach Shawki Gharib.

"Hassan has decided to retire from playing football after agreeing to be the national team's new manager," Zamalek said in a statement in its official website on Saturday.

"The player decided to relinquish his financial dues for the current season. He will continue to attend training sessions with Zamalek to maintain his fitness until he starts his new job next month," the statement added.

"I am very happy with my stint with Zamalek. The club board said they will organize a ceremony next Thursday to honor me and former assistant coach Osama Nabih, who has also departed to work with the national team," Hassan was quoted as saying by Zamalek's website.

Hassan joined the Whites in 2011 from arch-rivals Ahly. Former star of Kocaelispor, Denizlispor, Gençlerbirligi and Beşiktas, Hassan is one of the few Egyptian footballers to have played in Europe.

The 38-year-old 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 reaped four African Cup of Nations trophies -- three consequetively 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 presence on the Egyptian squad decreased when former 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 been able to play in recent matches due to injury.

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