Photo: Egyptian Football Association.
Oct 20th, 2020 – Ezzeldin Bahader has finally been honored by the Guinness World Records as the oldest professional player in the world game.
The 74-year-old launched his bid to break the record earlier this year, but his efforts had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which brought to a halt domestic football in Egypt.
In playing for local side October 6 against El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third tier on Saturday.
The veteran met the criteria required by the Guinness World Records in order to be named officially as the world’s oldest player.
He missed a penalty in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat, as the record finally fell, but his performance was nonetheless cheered on enthusiastically by his extended family and grandchildren.
“I dream of being able to break my own record one more time, just to make the competition a little harder,” Bahader told journalists after knocking 73-year-old Israeli player Isaak Hayik off top spot.