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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:53 - Updated Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:53

Midfielder Gilberto officially announces retirement from football

Luanda - The Angolan footballer Felisberto do Amaral “Gilberto” has officially announced his retirement and will play his final game as a professional footballer on Saturday in the tournament aimed to celebrate the 40 years of national independence, to be played at 11 de Novembro stadium in Luanda.

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Gilberto - Angolan footballer

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According to the player, who represented in last season Benfica de Luanda, it is the tme to end the career and follow other paths”, though he intends to continue linked to football.

He explained that it was a pondered decision, but opportune, having into account the moment. “I talked to my family before making this decision. It is tough, but one day I had to end the career”, said the payer.

Gilberto was part of Al Ahly’s golden-era squad – winning six Egyptian Premier League titles, five Egyptian Super Cup titles and three Egypt Cup trophies.

Beside domestic titles, he helped the Cairo giants achieve African glory, as he won two  CAF Champions League titles (2005 and 2008) and four African Super Cups, participating in the 2005 and 2008 versions of the Club World Cup. However, the Angolan missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the Club World Cup in Japan that year due to an Achilles injury lay-off, which also denied him a CAF Champions League medal in 2006.

After spending over eight years with Al Ahly, the Angolan international moved to Belgian club Lierse S.K. in 2010. Two seasons later, he joined Cypriot AEL Limassol for one year, before returning to his youth club Atlético Petróleos de Luanda.

The Angolan left-back then moved to Angolan Benfica de Luanda in 2014 before deciding to hang up his boots in October 2015.

The former Al Ahly player formed a duo with his compatriot Amado Flavio, who ended his playing earlier this year. Together, they managed to assist and score some of Al Ahly’s most important goals during their period with the club.

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