Veteran Egyptian goalkepper, Essam El-Hadary has said he looks set to make history at the coming Russia 2018 World Cup. The 45-year-old has said that it has been a dream for him to round off his successful career with he Pharaohs with a World Cup appearance. The Al-Taawoun safe hands has won four African cups with Egypt and 156 caps.
El Hadary also siad his father had once told him it was a dream to see him feature at the World Cup one day.
“My father who passed away told me that his dream is to watch me playing at a World Cup and I want to make my dad proud”, El-Hadary told the BBC Sport.
“I’ve won many titles, but I have not played at a World Cup and this is the dream I want to make true, that is my main objective.”
“I’m very happy to play at the World Cup, and that is a message to all footballers and others around the world, that you should believe in your dreams and fight to make them come true.
“My age is 45 years old, but for me, this is just a number on paper.
“I train hard every day, I don’t know what the word ‘impossible’ means. I will keep fighting until the World Cup to have the chance to play and defend my homeland colours,” he added.
Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon became the oldest player to play at the World Cup when he featured against Japan during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, aged 43 years and 3days.