Egypt keeper Hadary 41 minutes away from breaking Cameroon's Boukar record

The 44-year old keeper was last beaten by a goal from Cameroon's Achille Emana in the 2010 quarter finals

Karim Farouk , Tuesday 31 Jan 2017,
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Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Ghana in Port-Gentil on January 25, 2017 AFP

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will beat Cameroon's Alioum Boukar record of the longest run without conceding in the Africa Cup of Nations if he keeps a clean sheet the first half of Wednesday's semi-final clash against Burkina Faso.

Boukar – who won the trophy twice in 2000 and 2002 – did not concede any goals after Nigeria's Jay Jay Okocha scored against Cameroon in the 47th minute of the 2000 final, keeping a clean sheet in the Indomitable Lions' six-game winning campaign two years later in Mali. The finals of both editions went to extra time.

Hadary, a four-time African champion, was last beaten by a goal from Cameroon's Achille Emana in the 25th minute of the 2010 quarter finals, a game that Egypt won 3-1 after extra-time before going on to beat Algeria 4-0 and Ghana 1-0 to win the title.

Starting the 2017 tournament on the bench, Hadary replaced injured keeper Ahmed El-Shennawi in the 23rd minute of the opening game against Mali and hasn't conceded a goal in 337 minutes of play in four games, totaling a run of 602 minutes.

Only two keepers have lifted the trophy without conceding a goal — Alain Gouamene of the Ivory Coast kept five clean sheets in 1992 and Alioum Boukar of Cameroon was unbeaten in six matches 10 years later.

Hadary, 44, has already set the record for the oldest player in the Africa Cup of Nations, beating his fellow countryman Hossam Hassan who played in 2006 at the age of 39.

Minutes details:

Alioum Boukar (643 minutes)

73 minutes (43+30 of extra-time) vs Nigeria 2-2 (4-3pen) in the 2000 final
90 minutes vs DR Congo 1-0, 2002 groups
90 minutes vs Cote d'Ivoire 1-0, 2002 groups
90 minutes vs Togo 3-0, 2002 groups
90 minutes vs Egypt 1-0, 2002 quarter finals
90 minutes vs Mali 3-0, 2002 semi finals
120 minutes (90+30 of extra time) vs Senegal 0-0 (3-2pen), 2002 final

Essam El-Hadary (602 minutes)

85 minutes (55+30 of extra-time) vs Cameroon 3-1, 2010 quarter finals
90 minutes vs Algeria 4-0, 2010 semi-finals
90 minutes vs Ghana 1-0, 2010 final
67 minutes vs Mali 0-0, 2017 groups
90 minutes vs Uganda 1-0, 2017 groups
90 minutes vs Ghana 1-0, 2017 groups
90 minutes vs Morocco 1-0, 2017 quarter finals. 

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Group A W D L P
Cameroon
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Cape Verde
1 1 1 4
Ethiopia
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Senegal
1 2 0 5
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Malawi
1 1 1 4
Zimbabwe
1 0 2 3
Group C W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
Gabon
1 2 0 5
Comoros
1 0 2 3
Ghana
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Nigeria
3 0 0 9
Egypt
2 0 1 6
Sudan
0 1 2 1
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1
Group E W D L P
Cote d Ivoire
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 0 1 6
Sierra Leone
0 2 1 2
Algeria
0 1 2 1
Group F W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Gambia
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
1 0 2 3
Mauritania
0 0 3 0