Egypt's veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has signed a six-month contract with Egyptian Premier League side Nogoom FC, the club announced on Tuesday.
"El-Hadary is a strong addition to our team. I'm confident that we will renew the contract for another four years," Nogoom FC's president Mohamed Al-Tawila said in a press conference to unveil new players including the experienced goalie.
The 46-year-old joined Nogoom, who earned promotion to the top flight this season, after parting ways with Ismaily few days ago.
"I chose to join Nogoom FC over other clubs including a Saudi one because it is a new and ambitious club; similar to me," Hadary said in the press conference.
"I preferred Nogoom to start a new challenge," the former Ahly and Zamalek keeper added.
Nogoom, founded in 2007, is the 10th club in Hadary's glittering football career as he played for a host of Egyptian clubs, including Damietta, Ahly, Ismaily, Ittihad of Alexandria and Wadi Degla.
He also had three stints abroad; playing for FC Sion of Switzerland, Sudan's Merreikh and Saudi Arabia's Al-Taawon.
Despite being without a club recently, El-Hadary hinted on Sunday that he could be returning to international football despite announcing his retirement months ago.
After his "biggest dream came true" in playing at the World Cup last summer, as well as breaking the record for the oldest player in history to feature at the tournament, El-Harady announced last August his retirement from international football at the age of 45.
Earlier in January, Egypt was granted the hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations; and Hadary seems determined to write a new chapter in his international career if he plays in the prestigious tournament at home this summer.
El-Hadary, who made 159 appearances with the Pharaohs, won the African Cup of Nations four times with Egypt in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. The former Egypt skipper was named the tournament’s best goalie on three occasions.
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