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Egypt’s Ezzeldin Bahader sets new record as oldest footballer aged 74

Egypt’s has claimed the Guinness record for the oldest active footballer after playing a match for on Saturday.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) had deemed Bahader eligible to play for 6 October in the third division back in January.

Bahader went on to make an appearance for 6 October in March and was planning to play another game during the same month but football activities were halted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Nine months later, Bahader became the oldest active football player and was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday evening after featuring in his side’s 3-2 defeat to El Ayat Sports club in the third division.

He has now dethroned Israel’s Isaak Hayik, who plays for Maccabi Ironi and kept the Guinness record aged 73 years after playing a full Israel Football Association match in April last year.

“I dream of being able to break my own record one more time, just to make the competition a little harder,” Bahader said via Reuters.

سجل "عز الدين بهادر" لاعب نادي 6 أكتوبر صاحب الـ75 عاما رقما قياسيا كأكبر لاعب كرة قدم في العالم يشارك فى مباراة رسمية…

Posted by ‎نادي 6 أكتوبر – الصفحة الرسمية‎ on Sunday, 18 October 2020

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