AFCON Player of the Day: Essam El Hadary

Our AFCON Player of the Day for February 1 is Essam El Hadary as the veteran Egyptian goalkeeper denied Bertrand Traore in a penalty-shootout to take his team into the final.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
2nd February 2017

article:2nd February 2017

Essam El Hadary celebrates after winning the semi-final clash.
Essam El Hadary celebrates after winning the semi-final clash.

A 4-3 win on penalties, thanks to the brilliance of Essam El Hadary, after a 1-1 draw in normal time, led Egypt to a win over Burkina Faso and a AFCON final berth.

After goals from Mohamed Salah and Aristide Bance for both sides respectively, the two teams could not be separate after 90 minutes and extra-time.


And while Burkina Faso had the lead in the early stages of the shootout, it was a complete turnaround as their goalkeeper Herve Koffi and then Traore were both denied by El Hadary to hand Egypt a spectacular win.

44-year-old El Hadary is also the oldest Nations Cup player in history.

Meanwhile, Egypt will lock horns against the winner of the semi-final clash between Ghana and Cameroon, which takes place on Sunday.


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