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Pharaohs playmaker Ahmed Hassan is now one of only two players who have represented their country 178 times in all competitions

Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan has equaled the world record for international appearances after taking part in the Pharaohs’ 2-0 friendly loss against Brazil on Monday.

Hassan came on as a substitute in minute 73 at the Al Rayyan stadium in Doha to earn his 178th cap, allowing him to pull even with former Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Mohamed Al Deayea. The Zamalek representative received the captain’s armband from Wael Gomaa to mark the occasion.

His record is yet another milestone achievement in an brilliant career that has included an astounding four Africa Cup of Nations title wins, a Caf Champions League winner’s medal in 2008 during his time with Al Ahly, and two most valuable player awards on the continental stage for his performances at Egypt 2006 and Angola 2010.

Hassan would have broken the record even sooner had it not been for a knee injury sustained while representing his country in 2012 Afcon qualifying against Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, the biggest honour that has eluded him during his career is a World Cup appearance.