Orlando Pirates honour Aboutrika
South African side Orlando Pirates have paid a fitting tribute to Egyptian legend Mohamed Aboutrika following his accomplished showing against them in the CAF Champions League.
The 35-year-old announced he has retired from football after Al Ahly’s ignominious elimination from the Club World Cup.
Aboutrika spent almost his entire club career in Egypt with Al Ahly and repeatedly refused to move abroad despite the influx of lucrative offers during his career.
He has however been unfortunate not to have graced the world stage with the Egyptian national team. The Pharaohs failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after a heavy aggregate defeat to Ghana.
Orlando Pirates have, however, honoured the classy midfielder for his immense achievements over his career. This is a particularly magnanimous move considering that they lost against an Aboutrika-inspired Al Ahly in the final of the CAF Champions League in 2013.
As reported by Soccer Laduma, the South African club presented a Pirates jersey covered with the signatures of their squad to the Egypt legend.