RECORD BREAKER: 75 Year Old Egyptian Footballer Scores On Professional Debut
March. 10, 2020
Ezzeldin Bahader, a 75-year-old Egyptian is gunning to play two matches in order to be recognised by the Guinness World Record books as the oldest ever professional was able to score on his professional debut.
Ezzeldin Bahader is a father of four and grandfather of six and needs to play one more match in order to be recognised as football’s oldest player.
He was able to score in his first matcn via a penalty for his club side 'October 6' against their arch rivals Genesis, as the teams drew 1-1. He was suprisingly able to play the entire 90 minutes despite the fact he was carrying an injury.
He must now wait for the team’s next game on March 21 to be able to surpass the record set by Israeli goalkeeper Isaak Hayik, who played last year for Isreali-based football club Ironi Or Yehuda at the age of 73 years and 95 days.
"I became the oldest professional footballer scoring a goal in an official game," Ezzeldin said in a post-match conference.
"This is something that was achieved in the last minute of the game that I thought I wouldn't achieve. I was injured and all that I hoped for was to continue for the full 90 minutes and play the next game.”
The striker, who played despite nursing a knee injury, used to play amateur football as a youngster during his career as a civil engineering consultant and then a land cultivation expert.
"It is very good for Egypt to have someone in the Guinness Book of Records and for us to have him in the October 6 club," said club coach Ahmed Abdel Ghany.
"Honestly, we won't benefit from him 100% on the technical side but we rehabilitated him in the previous period so that he would be able to play the required 90 or 180 minutes to qualify for the Guinness World Records book."
Bahader has been intensely training with the club and at home with a personal trainer in an attempt to achieve this record.
He wrote to a number of clubs around Egypt in a bid to claim the record, with October 6 taking him on in a willing effort to join him in the record books.
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