15 Nov 2011

Egyptian equals record for most caps

10:40 am on 15 November 2011

The Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Hassan has equalled the record for the most international football appearances after earning his 178th cap in a 2-nil friendly loss to Brazil in Doha.

The 36-year-old, who made his national team debut aged just 20 at the end of 1995, now shares the record held by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al Deayea, who last played in 2006.

Hassan's latest achievement continues his revered status in Egyptian football and follows other personal milestones, including four African Nations Cup titles and success in the CAF Champions League.

Hassan has never appeared at the World Cup finals and was released by Cairo giants Al Ahli in June, only to promptly join their arch rivals Zamalek.

In a recent Egyptian television appearance, Hassan said he hoped to play until the age of 40.