African goalkeeper set to be oldest ever at World Cup

World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 02/04/2018

Egyptian goalkeeper El Hadary sets new AFCON record

Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is set to become the oldest player to feature at a World Cup if he is included in Egypt's squad for the tournament.

The 45-year old plays for Al-Taawoun FC in Saudi Arabia and has made 156 appearances for Egypt since 1999 and he says it would be a dream come true if he was selected at this summer's competition in Russia.

“I'm very happy to play at the World Cup, and that is a message to all footballers and others around the world, that you should believe in your dreams and fight to make them come true,” El-Hadary told BBC Sport.

“My age is 45 years old, but for me, this is just a number on paper.”

Faryd Mondragon of Colombia is the oldest player to have played at a World Cup - he was 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.

“I train hard every day, I don't know what the word 'impossible' means. I will keep fighting until the World Cup to have the chance to play and defend my homeland colours,” he said.