Confidence, determination, and superb reflexes are the 44 year-old’s arsenal, which Argentinean coach, Héctor Cúper has capitalized on throughout the past 23 days and will be vital during tonight’s final against four-time winners Cameroon. El Hadary’s record-breaking streak started when he was substituted for El Shennawy during Egypt’s first match in the competition against Mali, becoming the oldest player in the tournament’s history.
Tonight marks what could be his 5th African Cup of Nations title, and a chance for Egypt to break its own record, having been the most successful nation with seven titles.
The Egypt captain will reach the final in Libreville with 153 caps under his belt, and one goal at the back of his net after Aristide Bance had put an end to his almost 11-hour clean sheet record during the quarter final against Burkina Faso last Wednesday.
Apart from his long list of honors and the marvellous effort he displays every time he sets foot on the pitch, El Hadary’s favorite part of winning remains his signature dance on top of the crossbar, “Happiness for me isn’t only about winning the cup, but also about dancing in celebration while people are singing ‘2or2os ya Hadary,’” he said in an interview with beIN Sport.
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