Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan is set to become the most capped
player of all time when he takes the pitch in a friendly on
Wednesday against Niger in Qatar.
The 36-year-old Hassan will make his 179th appearance, meaning
he will break the record he has shared for several months with
Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed al-Deayea. The Saudi goalkeeper
last played in 2006.
Hassan, who has won four Africa Cup of Nations titles and been
named the tournament’s best player twice, made his international
debut in 1995.
He was set to break the record on Monday in a friendly against
Kenya, but the Kenyans used its under-23 squad for the hastily
arranged match and the 5-0 win for Egypt didn’t count as an
official game. Hassan converted a penalty in the win.