Essam El-Hadary eyes World Cup knockout spot with Egypt
Egypt captain Essam El-Hadary is delighted to take part in the World Cup, saying the national team is aiming to qualify for the second round.
The Pharaohs are preparing for their last friendly before the World Cup, which will take place against Belguim on Wednesday, June 6.
Essam El-Hadary, who is set to become the oldest player to appear at a World Cup, has spoken ahead of the encounter, revealing his delight for Egypt’s qualification.
“I am happy like all the Egyptians for qualifying for the World Cup after a 28-year wait,” El-Hadary said ahead of the Belguim game.
“Our ambition is not to just participate in the tournament, we are working to qualify for the round of 16,” he added.
El-Hadary was one of the key reasons behind Egypt’s qualification for the World Cup, featuring in every group qualifier game, except the last one, which Sherif Ekramy started.
He is expected to start between the sticks in Russia, which will make him set a record for the oldest player to play at a World Cup.
The record is now being held by former Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón, when he played against Japan in the 2014 World Cup aged 43 years and 3 days.
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