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Mohamed Koffi Announces His Retirement From Football

Former Burkina Faso and Smouha  defender Mohamed Koffi has confirmed his retirement from professional football.

The 34-year-old has been hampered by a persistent knee injury and last played for National Bank of Egypt in April 2021.

National Bank of Egypt released him in August 2021 after just playing 16 matches for the club which he had joined at the start of the season from Smouha.

“Today is one of the most important and hardest days of my football career. The time has come to say goodbye,” he wrote on his Facebook page as translated from French.

“My journey in football began 30 years ago and it’s come a long way. As on all roads, there have been good times and less good times, of joy but also of sadness. At this point in my life, and with it going back, I can definitely say it was worth it.

“Clearly this is not the end, the journey doesn’t stop here. It continues and I am sure we will meet again soon.”

The Ivory Coast-born Burkinabé footballer previously had stints with Abidjan-based Stella Club, Qatari sides Al Markhiya and Al Sailiya, Duhok of Iraq, Saudi Arabian side Al Ettifaq, Egyptian sides Al Masry, Zamalek and Petrojet.

Koffi made his first appearance for the Burkina Faso national team on November 15, 2006 in a friendly match against Algeria.

He played an instrumental role in helping the Stallions achieve a runners-up position in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing narrowly 1-0 to Africa giants Nigeria.

Koffi has made 49 appearances for Burkina Faso, scoring four goals in the process.

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