Veteran Ethiopian Mulugeta Mihret also known as Muluye as curtains came down on his illustrious career on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
Known as ‘the disciplined boy’ as well as ‘the decent one’ for only getting one yellow card in his entire 17 year career Muluye took to the pitch for the last time as his home team Hawasa met champions St. George.
It was an emotional moment for the fans and the 34 year old can be used as a case study on how players should act as everybody adored him.
Mihret is exciting the stage on a high, leaving behind a solid legacy of mentorship to many stars who blossomed under his watch.
The native of Korem village, the home of Ethiopian football talent, served just three clubs; Hawassa City, Dedebit and the mighty Kidus Giorgis winning three league titles and two Ethiopia cups during the period.
But it was the home side Hawassa that the midfielder served longest, giving them 15 years of dedicated service.
He also won Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup with Walia Ibex.
The father of one NEVER received a red card and was booked only once by mistake when he got a yellow card that was meant for a teammate – and hence the nickname “the disciplined boy”.
On Friday 24, Hawassa City fans paid tribute to their son for the last time on home soil as they took on Dashen Beer FC at Hawassa Stadium – today Addis fans will honor him on the last day of the league when they play Kidus in the Capital.
Armed with a Caf B coaching licence, the two times EPL most valuable player (2003 and 2006) will be looking to begin a new life in football in a new capacity as a coach.
It an honour that many African footballers have not enjoyed in their careers but Mihret goes home a happy man after years of dedicated service.