Photo: Egypt icon Abou-Treika appears in 'FIFA Football Legends' celebration

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 May 2016

Mohamed Abou-Treika
FIFA President Gianni Infantino makes his speech during the opening ceremony of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, while Egypt's icon Mohamed Abou-Treika (L) appears besides him (Reuters)

Egyptian football icon Mohamed Abou-Treika was invited by FIFA to participate alongside other legendary football stars during Friday's opening ceremony of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico.

The 37-year old Abou-Treika, who hung up his boots in December 2013 after guiding both the Egyptian national team and domestic club Ahly to a host of titles, appeared in the ceremony alongside football legends Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Fabio Canavaro, Clarence Seedorf and Carlos Puyol.

The 66th Congress of the world football's governing body marks the first under FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino.

Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o and Saudi Arabian Sami Al Jaber were also among the stars present during the congress in Mexico.

According to FIFA's official website, the “Legends Programme” in which Abou-Treika and others took part will support the organisation’s goal of giving a stronger voice to people directly involved in the sport.

"The FIFA Legends Team is designed to bring together former top players from the men’s and women’s game to promote and support football and its wider mission around the world, and to give something back to the game," explained a statement at FIFA's site.

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