Record-breaking footballer Ahmed Hussan calls on Egypt to emerge from dark tunnel

Published 1501 GMT (2301 HKT) April 11, 2012
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Ahmed Hassan displays a shirt with the message "You will remain in our hearts and we will never forget you" in reference to victims of the Port Said tragedy. His former club Al-Ahly had played in the match against Al-Masry where fans rioted. Getty Images
Hassan demonstrates in Cairo the day after the fatal football clashes in Port Said left 74 people dead. He said the violence on February 1 was a result of fanaticism. Getty Images
Hassan was named Best African Footballer based in Africa during the 2010 CAF awards. He has helped Egypt win the African Cup of Nations four times, in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010, and pointed to the Arab uprising last year as a factor in the team's recent demise. Getty Images
Hassan challenges Kenya's Raphael Mungai Kiongera during a friendly football match in Doha, Qatar, on February 27. It was his 179th appearance for Egypt, making him the most-capped international footballer in history. Getty Images
Hassan captained Egypt to glory in the African Cup of Nations in 2010, his fourth title and the Pharaohs' seventh overall. The team's form has since plummeted, failing to qualify for the tournament in 2012, with Hassan blaming "over-confidence." Getty Images