Essam El Hadary is Afcon’s oldest player ever to play

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player at an Africa Cup of Nations tournament after featuring in their draw  against Mali.

El-Hadary who turned 44 on Sunday replaced Ahmed El-Shenawy, who had to be substituted after colliding with the post following Moussa Marega’s cross.

The Legendary Egyptian goalkeeper El Hadary was on the bench for the game, but got the call for his 148th cap after El-Shenawy’s unfortunate injury.

The experienced shot stopper is regarded as one of Africa’s best-ever goalkeepers, winning the domestic league title eight times and the African Champions League on four occasions.

He has also won the African Nations Cup medal on four occasions in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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