After Egypt’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup last night for the first time in 28 years, the team’s keeper, Essam El Hadary, will become the oldest player ever take part in the quadrennial event.
The team took the win, beating Congo 2-1.
The 44-year-old currently plays for and captains Al-Taawoun team in Saudi Arabia.
Hadary has been and continues to be a legendary name among players and football enthusiasts. The goalkeeper has had an incredibly successful career, taking home many names and titles and his passion for the game persists.
Speaking to FIFA.com this week before the winning game, Hadary said: “I did almost everything in my footballing career. I won 37 trophies and I enjoyed some remarkable moments such as our win over Italy at the 2009 Confederations Cup. The only thing that is missing for me is a World Cup appearance.”
Determinate and persistent