According to report reaching OYOGist.com, a 74 years old Egyptian grandpa, Ezzeldin Bahader has been honoured with an award are as the world’s oldest professional football player in life history. This award was a surprise to him as he couldn’t believe that such award was going to come his way.
Bahader had already started in an almost impossible attempt to achieve the award and break the record. But, all his efforts where denied as the rampant corona virus stood as a block way to him which brought to a halt to football in Egypt.
He broke the record while playing for local side 6 October El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third tier on Saturday, after meeting the criteria required by the Guinness World Records.
The Guiness World Records required him to feature in at least two professional matches in order for him to stand a chance and clinch the award.
Upon he missed a penalty during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to his club, he was enthusiastically cheered and praised by both his immediate and extended family.
Bahader, turns 75 on November 5.
The father of four joined his present club in January, and made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Genius in a third-division match back.
“I became the oldest professional footballer scoring a goal in an official game,” Bahader was quoted as saying by BBC Sport in the aftermath of the match.
“This is something that was achieved in the last minute of the game that I thought I wouldn’t achieve,” he added.