75-Year Old Set To Become Oldest Player To Play In Official Game
A 75-year old is in line to become the oldest footballer to play in an official game.
Izz al-Din Bahader has signed a contract with an Egyptian third division side and will become a world-record holder if he takes to the field in two competitive games to break the current record.
Judging by his ability and fitness level displayed in the following video, he looks well-equipped for the challenge.
Despite being a pensioner, he is seen going a series of drills and looks incredibly sharp whether it be lifting weights or doing work with the ball.
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.
As per Baba Gol, official Guinness World Record adjudicator was in attendance at Maccabi Ironi Or Yehuda's ground to give Hayk his plaque.
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.- BabaGol (@BabaGol_) April 5, 2019
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
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.
Incredibly, Hayk made history playing on a pitch surrounded by fences containing his name on as he is the owner of a company that specialises in stage equipment.