El-Hadary compares current Egypt squad to ‘golden generation’

Veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary says the Egypt side at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations have the “same characteristics as the golden generation”.

The 'golden generation' he is referring to is the Pharaohs side that won three successive AFCON titles between 2006 and 2010.

While admitting that the current batch of Egyptians are relatively inexperienced as a group, El-Hadary still believes they are good enough to claim an eighth AFCON title. 

"I played with many generations and the current one has the same characteristics as the golden generation but they lack experience," he said.

"They still can win trophies, gain experience and win this tournament."

The 44-year-old El-Hadary has become the oldest player to take part at the AFCON finals, but says personal accolades mean little to him.

"I don't care about any personal records or achievements – the Egyptian national team is more important," said the Wadi Degla shot-stopper, who has over 150 national team caps under his belt. 

Standing in the way of the Pharaohs making the 2017 final are Burkina Faso, with their semi-final showdown set to take place in Libreville on Wednesday night.