Essam El-Hadary: I’m preparing for a surprise after World Cup
Egypt legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary spoke ahead of the team’s anticipated participation in the 2018 World Cup expressing his excitement for the next period and hinting about his future after Russia.
Essam El-Hadary, who is set to become the oldest player to appear at a World Cup, said that being with the current generation of Egyptian players makes him feel like he’s young again.
The record for the oldest player to play in the World Cup is now being held by former Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, when he played against Japan in the 2014 World Cup aged 43 years and 3 days. If the 45-year-old Egyptian goalie featured in one game in Russia he will break Mondragon’s record.
“I’ve witnessed three national team generations, but the current generation makes me feel like I’m twenty years old. They help me do things I never thought I would be able to do,” the former Al Ahly goalkeeper said to ON Sport TV channel.
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.
“I hope we can qualify to the next round in the World Cup and then see what we will do,” he added.
He also discussed his football future, especially that he did not announce a plan to retire after the World Cup and given the fact that his club, Al Taawoun, recently signed Brazilian goalkeeper Cassio Anjos, who is expected to replace the veteran goalkeeper.
“I’m preparing a surprise after the World Cup that everyone will know about,” he explained. “What I am sure about is that I will never stop dreaming.”
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