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El-Hadary discusses Saudi Arabia clash, chances of breaking World Cup record


Egypt veteran keeper said the Pharaohs will fight to achieve victory over Saudi Arabia in their last game at the World Cup.

The veteran keeper remained on the bench in Egypt’s defeats to Uruguay and Russia in the first two games of the group stage, with Mohamed El-Shennawy starting between the sticks.

In case El-Hadary featured in Egypt’s last World Cup game against Saudi Arabia on Monday, he’ll become the oldest player to feature at the finals, breaking the record of former Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon.

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“I’ll continue to serve my country whether I played or not,” El-Hadary told MBC Masr satellite channel, stressing that his participation depends on the technical staff’s decision.

“The Saudi Arabia game is very important to us. We will fight to achieve victory and get Egypt’s first ever World Cup win,” the 45-year-old keeper added.

The Pharaohs and the Green Falcons both exited the World Cup after losing to Uruguay and Russia, who both secured their qualification to the round of 16, which makes their final Group A game in Volgograd a dead rubber.

Editor-in-Chief at KingFut.com. Pursuing a master's degree in sport policy, management and international development at the University of Edinburgh.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Yehya Asker

    June 23, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    I hope Cuper will take the game seriously and doesn’t play Hadary. We need our best team play to ensure our first win ever at World Cup.

    • Mo

      June 23, 2018 at 6:27 PM

      Even that win will be useless. If Egypt Wins they will Talk about it like Magdy Abdelghani did for 28 years for his fucking penalty he scored. They should let the players play who still didn’t feature in the World cup like hadary, shikabala who deserve a Chance to play because they will never be in a World cup again.

      This World cup 2018 was a big Shame for egyptian football. Not because we failed to qualify for the round of 16! Just because of our bad Performances as Fabregas already said that egypt and Saudi arabia are the worst teams in the World cup by distance and I totally agree with him.

      Look at Morocco for example even if they did Not score they played football! And even much better than Egypt. Tunisia today lost 5-2 but they showed at least, that they can attack and become dangerous in front of the opponents goal!

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