Egypt’s Hany Said retires from football aged 39

Egyptian Hany Said Ahmed (L) vies with Argentinian Walter Montillo (R) during their FIFA World Youth Championship quarter final match in Dubai 08 December 2003. AFP PHOTO/Rabih MOGHRABI (Photo by RABIH MOGHRABI / AFP)

Egypt’s two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner Hany Said has retired from football with immediate effect at the age of 39.

He made this announcement after his side Misr Lel Makkasa’s 2-1 loss to visiting Haras El Hodood in the Egyptian League on Tuesday. Said is now set to take up the post of sporting director at Egyptian rivals Pyramids.

As well as winning the Nations Cup in 2008 and 2010, his club career included stints in Italy, Switzerland and France. He returned home to Egypt in 2005 and has since played for Al Masry, Ismaili, Zamalek, Smouha and Misr Lel Makkasa.

Said’s Nations Cup wins came after he served a six-month ban for testing positive for drugs at the 2002 finals in Mali.

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