Uganda Cranes and Africa’s best goalkeeper Dennis Onyango took time to send a touching tribute to one of Africa’s greatest goalkeepers of all time who retired from professional football .
The 47-Year-old Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary recently called time on a career that spanned over two decades having made his debut in 1996.
The former Al Ahly goalkeeper was last on the books of Nogoom FC before calling time on his decorated career
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango paid tribute to the veteran in a touching Instagram post.
“Congratulations to arguably the best goalkeeper in Africa of all time on a happy retirement. Essam El Hadary, thanks for the inspiration and memories. You’ve earned a long & very happy retirement. A true legend in every sense of the word. Good luck to him in whatever role he ends up in,” he wrote.
Hadary retired from International football in 2019 and has since confirmed retiring from the beautiful game after 159 international caps for the Pharaohs
He won 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.
Hadary played at Damietta, Sion, Ismaily, Zamalek, Al Merreikh, Al Ittihad Alexandria (loan), Wadi Degla, Al Taawoun and Nagoom