Egypt’s legendary goalie Essam Kamal Tawfiq El-Hadary has finally retired from international football.
“I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements,” El Hadary is quoted on FIFA.com
“I hope that I have succeeded in my mission over the past years. I extend my thanks and gratitude to my family, who have borne the difficulties of my life and supported me in all my steps,” the statement further reads.
The 45-year-old officially became the oldest player to feature at the FIFA World Cup during the 2018 edition in Russia. At the World Cup, the four-time African goalkeeper of the year played in Egypt’s last group A game during which they lost by 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.
El Hadary, born on January 15, 1973, in Damietta City in Egypt has been quite an inspiration for many African players after serving his country for 22 years, with 159 caps to his name.
He will continue for play for his Egyptian club, Isamialy.
El Hadary Honours:
- Afcon: 4
- CAF Champions League: 4
- Egypt Premier League: 8
- Egypt Cup Winner: 4
- Egypt Super Cup Winner: 4
- Goalkeeper of The Year in Africa: 4
- Arab Games: 1
Four times on CAF XI
CAF Save of the year award winner, 2017