Experienced Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, 44, does not think of retirement from the national team.
Currently the most capped player for Egypt and the oldest player to ever feature at the Africa Cup of Nations, El Hadary is focused for a fourth title as a player, the eighth for country.
Addressing the media during the official pre-match press conference prior to the Egypt and Burkina Faso semifinal, El Hadary said he is focused for the game than anything else.
I cannot talk about retirement or not retiring. I am just focused for the game against Burkina Faso.
El Hadary replaced an injured El-Shennawy midway the first half during the match against Mali in their Group D encounter at Port Gentil to set a record as the oldest player ever to feature at the AFCON championship.
He believes all the players in Gabon are hungry for the 8th title.
They (The Egyptian players) do not need my pushing.
They are determined and ready to die a little and become part of the rich history.
They all know what brought us to Gabon and what all the fans back in Egypt expect of us – to win the trophy.
Egypt’s other goalkeepers Sherif Ekramy and El-Shennawy have been struggling for fitness.
Head coach Hector Cuper told the media that the remaining players who are not injured will execute the job to perfection.
Egypt defeated Uganda, Ghana and drew with Mali in the group stages before edging Morocco 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
All Egypt’s previous matches were played at Stade De Gentil whilst Burkina Faso’s matches were played at Stade De L’Amitie in Libreville, the match day venue for the first semifinal.