- World Cup's oldest player Essam El-Hadary,retires from Egypt duty
- The 45-year-old goalie was in action for Egypt in their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia
- El-Hadary marked his debut in 1996 and went on to win 159-caps for Egypt's Pharaohs
Egypt’s Pharaohs goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who was the oldest player in action during the summer World Cup in Russia, has quit national teams’ duties.
According to a BBC Sport report, the 45-year-old goalie, who claimed four Africa Cup of Nations winners medal, marked his debut for Egypt in 1996 as he went on to appear in 159 matches for the North African nation.
El-Hadary was in action for Egypt’s Pharaohs final group game at the Mundial were he kept out a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Asian side Saudi Arabia.
"After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves," El-Hadary was quoted as saying.
"I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Essam El-Hadary on Monday, June 25, became the oldest player to feature in the history of the FIFA World Cup as his was included in Egypt's starting XI to face Saudi Arabia.
Although the appearance of the 45-year-old legendary goalkeeper did not change anything because Egypt had already been sent out of Russia 2018 after losing their first two games.
But his name will remain in the history books of the world football governing body as the oldest player to start a match in a World Cup game.
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