Egypt's legendary goalkeeper hangs up gloves

Egypt's legendary goalkeeper hangs up gloves
Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary attends his team's training session

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 08, 2018. 12:00

Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has officially announcement his retirement from international football, more than two decades after making his debut.

The 45-year-old, who has won four Africa Cup of Nations titles, enjoyed an astonishing career in which he became the oldest player to feature at a FIFA World Cup when he played for the Pharaohs' against Saudi Arabia in Russia last month.

"After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves," El-Hadary is quoted as saying.

"I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements."

Arguably Africa's best ever shot-stopper, El Hadary is set to continue playing club football having penned a deal with Ismaily just last month.

The veteran gloves-man played 90 minutes in a goalless draw against Petrojet on Monday evening.

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