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'The journey is still long' - Egypt legend Essam El Hadary dismisses retirement claims

13:38 EAT 29/11/2018
El Hadary
At 45 of years of age, the goalkeeper is keen to continue with his playing career and not hang his boots anytime soon

Ismaily goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has downplayed reports of his retirement from football with his latest post on social media.

His agent, Mohamed Sheha had told local media that El Hadary would end everything football after his club's return from their continental assignment in Burundi.

But the former Pharaohs goalkeeper has dismissed such claims with a training video of himself to prove his fitness backed with some words.

"The journey is still long and complementary," El Hadary tweeted.

El Hadary called time on his international career in August after featuring in Egypt's underwhelming campaign in Russia as the World Cup oldest player with his appearance against Saudi Arabia in their last Group A game.

The experienced shot-stopper opted out of Ismaily travelling squad that lost 1-0 to Le Messager FC in Wednesday’s Caf Champions League preliminary round and he is set to discuss his future with the Egyptian top-flight club.

The 45-year-old only joined the Ismailia Stadium outfit in July after a brief stint at Al-Taawoun.

In a professional career that has spanned over 25 years, the ex-Zamalek and Wadi Degla player won eight Egyptian Premier League titles, four Egypt Cups, four Egyptian Super Cups, four CAF Champions League titles, three CAF Super Cups, one Arab Club Champions Cup and two Arab Super Cups during his 12-year stint at Al Ahly.