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44-year-old goalkeeper Egypt zero in Africa Cup duel with Mali

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44-year-old goalkeeper Egypt zero in Africa Cup duel with Mali

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Egypt has Tuesday, partly due to the 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary with a 0-0 gelijkgespeeld against Mali. The keeper set a record, because he is the oldest ever player at the Africa Cup.

El-Hadary, who in their own country under contract with Wadi Degla SC, had no rise in the groepswedstijd in Port-Gentil, Gabon. Halfway through, he came into the field as a replacement for the injured goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Shenawy.

El-Hadary was preferred over ex-Feyenoorder Sherif Ekramy, who is the other goalkeeper is in the selection of the Argentine coach Hector Cupér. Despite his high age, he was fairly easy purpose clean, that was also because Mali barely odds managed to create.

Only in the final stage, saved El-Hadary handsome on a commitment of the Malian Moussa Marega. Because Egypt is on the bumpy field is of low risk and managed to establish it remained 0-0.

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A Malian fan in the stands, dreaming already of the world cup.
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The Egyptian goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy was injured to the side.
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He was replaced by the 44-year-old Essam El-Hadary.
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It remained 0-0.
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World cup record

The 44-year and two-day-old El-Hadary made his debut 21 years ago in the national team of Egypt and won in 1998 the Africa Cup with his country. Also in 2006, 2008 and 2010 he won the title with the ‘pharaohs’.

The goalkeeper, in Europe, and only was active for the Swiss FC Sion, has nearly 150 international matches to his name, but think not to stop. In 2018, he wants to be Russia’s oldest ever player at a world cup. That record is since 2014 in the name of the then 43-year-old Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.

May El-Hadary Saturday, once again in action at the Africa Cup, because it is not certain whether Al-Shenawy, then all will be recovered from his injury. Egypt plays his second team contest against Uganda.

The other match on Tuesday in group D was between Ghana and Uganda. The Ghanaians won the match with 1-0 by a used penalty kick for the rest of André Ayew.

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