Egypt goalkeeper sets AFCON record

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has become the oldest player to feature in an African Cup of Nations at the age of 44. El Hadry smashed the previous record of countryman Hossam Hassan, who was 39 years, five months and 24 days old when he played at the 2006 Cup of Nations in Egypt. El Hadry came on as a substitute when first choice goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy sustained what looks like a shoulder injury midway through the first half.

Essam El Hadary, who many have confused as the coach of the Egypt, has refused to leave the game when some of his contemporaries are already playing the game with their mouth as pundit and some even thinking of retiring from coaching- no shades to Guardiola.

El Hadary, who celebrated his birthday two days ago, is participating in his seventh African Cup of Nations, having picked up winners’ medals in 2006, 2008 and 2010.