I don't imagine myself as a coach, says Egypt great Abou Treika

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Jan 2016

Egypt's iconic midfielder appears to have made no decision yet on what direction to take post-retirement

Abou Treika
Abou Treika (Reuters)

In his first interview since retirement, Ahly's iconic player Mohamed Abou Treika said he has recently received some offers to return to football, discussing his plans for the future.

The former top class midfielder hung up his boots in December 2013 after participating with Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup, ending an exceptional career that etched his name among the country's all time greats.

Despite many calls from his fans to carry on, he preferred to end his career on a high note.

"I received many offers to play in some European leagues after my retirement, but I turned down all these offers," Abou Treika told Al-Ahram El-Mesaei on Sunday.   

"I recently received an offer to join the American league, where many world stars play, but I refused to consider the matter," he added.

The former international midfielder denied reports claiming there are problems between him and Ahly club's current administration.

"Ahly are my home. I am not far from the club, but I preferred to regain the sentiment of a supporter and I am very happy with my current situation."

"I am very concerned about the club and its current administrative problems, but I am sure that the club will regain its stability soon. I have a good relation with the current administration and my participation in the club's ceremony at the Pyramids was the proof," Abou Treika said.   

The retired player revealed that the club hasn't made any offer for him to take up a post. "No, they haven't made any offer, and if they make one I will refuse because I am not qualified for any post now."

Asked about his plans for the future, Abou Treika said a final decision has not yet been taken and that he is weighing up between a coaching and an administrative career.

"I am trying to qualify myself and to gain more experience in the technical and administrative fields. I visited many clubs in Europe (Spain, England and Germany) and I will visit Italy soon. But a final decision concerning my future has not been taken yet."

"But frankly, I don't imagine myself as a coach," Abou Treika said.

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