75-Year-Old Becomes The Oldest Footballer To Score In An Official Game
A 75-year-old has become the oldest footballer to score in an official game as he bids to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ezzeldin Bahader, who has four children and six grandchildren, recently signed a contract with Egyptian third division side 6th October Club in January.
And on Saturday he was not only captain for his 90 minutes on the pitch against Genius, he also scored his side's goal from the spot when he emphatically whacked in a penalty before celebrating with his teammates.
"I became the oldest professional footballer scoring a goal in an official game," Bahader reflected on his goal, as per the BBC.
"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 what I hoped for was to continue for the full 90 minutes and play the next game."
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In completing 90 minutes at the weekend, Bahader now needs to play in one more full game to enter the Guinness World Record books.
The current holder of the record is Itzhak Hayk, who was two weeks away from turning 74 at the time.
Hayk, Iraqi-born but made in Israel after moving in 1950, played in between the sticks in the fifth tier of Israeli football against Ramat Israel in a game his side lost 4-1.
Meet Itzhak Hayk, a 73 y/o GK who is about to break the #GuinnessWorldRecord today, as the oldest active player ever to play an official match.
Hayk was born in #Iraq, moved to #Israel at the age of 4 & now about to make history.
:flag_il: 5th tier offers some magic, we're on our way. pic.twitter.com/dvJqUpr8ir
- BabaGol (@BabaGol_) April 5, 2019
As per Baba Gol, an official Guinness World Record adjudicator was in attendance at Maccabi Ironi Or Yehuda's ground to give Hayk his plaque.
Instead of playing Bingo or lounging about in his slippers, he beat the previous record set by Uruguayan Robert Carmon, who turned out for Club Pan de Azúcar aged 53 and 182 days on 30 October 2015.
Whoever says "age is just a number" is blatantly lying...
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