The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations has been drab so far, but it has seen the setting of a new record that won’t be broken anytime soon.
Legendary Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary came on to replace starting goalie Ahmed El Shennawy following a first-half injury in Egypt’s tournament opener with Mali.
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In doing so, El Hadary, who turned 44 on Sunday, became the oldest player to ever play in the Africa Cup of Nations.
El Hadary is a 3-time winner of the tournament, and has appeared in 7 editions. He breaks a record that belonged to also an Egyptian. Legendary striker Hossam Hassan previously held the record, having played at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations at the age of 39 years, five months and 24 days old.
The match between Egypt and Mali ended in a goalless draw, with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El Neny criticized for missing a number of gilt-edged chances.