Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has announced his international retirement – at the age of 45.
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The game appeared to be on its way to an uneventful conclusion but in the fifth minute of added-on time, Salem Al-Dawsari found the bottom corner from eight yards to give his nation their first win on the global stage since 1994.
Burkina Faso looked more dangerous than the Pharaohs in the early stages of the game, as Abdou Razack Traore, Toure and Nakoulma tried their luck in the first 10 minutes but veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary denied them
El Hadary, born January 15, 1973 in Damietta, also regarded as one of the best African goalkeepers of all time, has 148 caps for his country and has yet to look back since his first appearance for the team on July 29, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Tanzania
El Hadary is playing at his seventh finals, one shy of the record held by Rigobert Song of Cameroon
El-Hadary, a key figure in the Pharaohs Nations Cup treble in 2006, 2008 and 2010, has been included in Egypt’s squad for the first time since 2014 to replace Ahly’s injured keeper Sherif Ekrami