Egypt’s veteran goalkeeper El Hadary set to make history in Gabon


Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is on the verge of making history with Egypt after he was included in The Pharaohs 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations that kicked off in Gabon on Saturday.

El Hadary turns 44 this month, and could become the oldest player to ever feature in the Nations Cup history should he get a chance to feature for the Egyptians.

The current record is held by Hossam Hassan who featured in the 2006 AFCON at the age of 39 years.

Egypt are returning to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament after missing out on the past three editions.

The Pharaohs are the most successful team in the Nations Cup history, having won the games for a record seven times.

Before missing out on the last three editions, the Egyptians won the AFCON trophy three times in a row.

They are pooled alongside Ghana, Mali and Uganda in Group D, one considered by many to be the ‘group of death.’

The Pharaohs first game will be against Mali on Tuesday.