Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader has been recognised because the world’s oldest skilled soccer participant after finishing a second full match simply wanting his 75th birthday.
Bahader was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday night after lacking a penalty kick as his workforce, sixth October, misplaced 3-2 to El Ayat Sports membership within the Egyptian third division.
The former novice participant, who turns 75 on November 3, scored a aim from the penalty spot in his debut match on March. He deliberate to play a second 90-minute match the identical month to assert his file, however the suspension of sports activities actions to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus put his plans on maintain.
Bahader had beforehand informed media he was 75, which he attributed to “rounding up”. Having him on the workforce had allowed sixth October to realize sponsors and publicity, he mentioned.
Some of Bahader’s six grandchildren attended Saturday’s match, chanting “Come on, Grandpa” from the touchline.
Ezzeldin Bahader, a 74-year-old Egyptian soccer participant of sixth October Club is seen in motion throughout a match in opposition to El Ayat Sports Club of Egypt’s third division league on the Olympic Stadium within the Cairo, Egypt. – Reuters
“I dream of being able to break my own record one more time, just to make the competition a little harder,” Bahader mentioned, although he’s now out of contract.
The file was beforehand held by 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik.