We will play for nothing but victory over Saudi Arabia: Egypt keeper El-Hadary

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Jun 2018,
Egypt's Essam El-Hadary during training (Photo: Reuters)

Veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary maintained Egypt will be eyeing their first-ever World Cup victory when they play Saudi Arabia in their last Group A clash on Monday.

After both sides had been formally eliminated from the World Cup round of 32 ahead of the final group fixture, a meaningless affair will see Egypt and Saudi Arabia clash after Uruguay and hosts Russia had made it already for the knockouts.

Even so, 45-year-old keeper El-Hadary insists Egypt will be taking the game seriously in search for a victory after losing 1-0 and 3-1 to Uruguay and Russia respectively.

"We are looking forward to securing our first-ever World Cup victory following our early exit," El-Hadary, who would become the oldest player ever to feature at the World Cup should he play against Saudi Arabia, said.

"My participation, however, is down to the management's decision. Whatever it was, I will respect it."

Saudi Arabia go into the game following a thumping 5-0 defeat in the opener against Russia before narrowly losing 1-0 to Uruguay.

Following two participations at the World Cup, in 1934 and 1990, Egypt have yet to register a victory at the quadrennial tournament.

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