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African Cup of Nations

El Hadary becomes Cup of Nations' oldest ever player

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary smashed the record for the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations when he came on against Mali on Tuesday.

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Egypt's national football team captain Essam El-Hadary attends a press conference at the African Cup of Nations
JUSTIN TALLISAFP

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Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary smashed the record for the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations when he came on against Mali on Tuesday.

Egypt's national football team captain Essam El-Hadary attends a press conference during the African Cup of Nations
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Egypt's national football team captain Essam El-Hadary attends a press conference during the African Cup of NationsJUSTIN TALLISAFP

44 years young

El Hadary, the Egypt captain who turned 44 on Sunday, was not named in the Pharaohs' starting line-up for their Group D opener against Mali.

However, he was introduced as a 25th-minute substitute after Ahmed El Shennawy was forced off injured.

El Hadary -- a four-time winner of the tournament -- beats the previous mark set by his fellow Egyptian Hossam Hassan, who was a mere 39 years, five months and 24 days old when he played at the 2006 Cup of Nations.

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