Ezzeldin Bahader, 75-year-old footballer, becomes oldest player to score, nets on debut

Ezzeldin Bahader, 75-year-old footballer, becomes oldest player to score, nets on debut

- Ezzeldin Bahader scored in the last minute against Genius FC

- The 75-year-old joined his Egyptian 3rd division side October 6 Club in January

- Bahader is now on course to having his name in the Guinness World Records

Ezzeldin Bahader is now the oldest professional footballer to score in an official game having struck in the last minute for his Egyptian third division side October 6 Club against Genius at the age of 75.

The father of four, with six grandchildren featured in the encounter in a bid to have his name in the Guinness World Record, and got a penalty at the last minute.

Sport Bible reported that grandfather joined the Egyptian club in January and on Saturday, March 7, he featured for 90 minutes and then scored from the spot when he fired into the net before celebrating with team-mates and fans.

"I became the oldest professional footballer scoring a goal in an official game," Bahader reflected on his goal, as per the BBC.

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"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."

However, to get his name into the Guinness World Record Books, Bahader will need to feature for another full 90 minutes as Itzhak Hayk holds the record having achieved the landmark two weeks away from turning 74 at the time.

Hayk, Iraqi-born but grew up 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.

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Sports activities in that part of the European continent are now on lockdown pending the time they can proffer solution to the virus ravaging their country.

The Italian government has equally banned all public gatherings -restricting movement other than for work and emergency services.

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