Egypt's former star Mohamed Aboutrika.(Photo: reuters)
Egypt and Ahly retired ace Mohamed Abou-Treika awarded the Africa-based player of the year title for all Egyptian football fans, adding that the prize honours his career.
The midfield star received the award on Thursday during the Glo-CAF awards ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, beating Ahly teammate Ahmed Fathi and Nigerian midfielder Sunday Mba to the title.
"Congratulations for all Egyptians, not only me," the Pharaohs former star said upon his arrival at Cairo airport late on Friday.
"I would like to award the prize to all Egyptian football fans, especially Ahly ones, my teammates and also my previous coaches.
"The title this time is different as it comes after retirement. It is like honouring my football career," the 35-year-old star added.
Abou-Treika, who has just hung up his boots after Ahly’s Club World Cup campaign back in December, claimed the title an unprecedented fourth time after previous wins in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
"Abou-Treika's small family send greetings for all Egyptians and say congratulations for Egypt," the football legend said via his twitter account, posting a photo while celebrating the four prizes with his sons after reaching home.
Abou-Treika joined Ahly from Tersana in January 2004, was an inspiration for both Ahly and Egypt, heralding a golden age with 22 trophies won with the Red Devils, including five Champions League titles and a bronze medal at the 2006 Club World Cup.
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