File Photo: Ahly player Walid Soliman. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly Facebook page.
“Today after I contributed with my teammates to winning a historic third bronze medal in the Club World Cup in the Emirates, I announce that this season is my last as a football player,” Soliman said on a post on his instagram account.
The announcement came just after Ahly claimed the FIFA Club World Cup bronze medal following a 4-0 win against Asia and Saudi Arabia Champions Al-Hilal.
“I thank Ahly’s administration and President Mahmoud El-Khattib and all the previous officials. I also thank the current technical staff and everyone I trained under before. Thank you my current and previous teammates. Thanks for the great supporters who have always supported and backed me,” he concluded.
Soliman, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has repeatedly said that he will retire if he is not offered a new deal as he wants to end his career at the club.
The 37-year old started his senior career in 2004 playing for Haras El-Hodoud before moving to Gouna (2005) then Petrojet (2006) and Enppi (2010), but is seen as an Ahly great.
Since joining the Red Devils in 2011 he won 21 titles including four Champions League titles, one Confederation Cup and six Egyptian Premier League titles.
He also won two Club World Cup bronze medals in 2021 and 2022.
He has been a key players over the years but has declined with age over the past few years, featuring in only five games this season, playing only a few minutes as a substitute.
However Soliman will enter Ahly’s history books as one of the most decorated players in the history of the club.
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