Egypt international midfielder Ahmed Hassan claims that the Pharaohs’ 5-0 win over Kenya on Monday represented his 179th appearance for his national side, effectively making him the most capped player of all time.
“The game is an official international. Fifa has been informed about it and the number of substitutions was limited, so it is authentic,” said Hassan while speaking to Al-Hayat TV.
Meanwhile, Goal.com spoke to a member of the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) technical committee, Abdelmoneem Shata, who confirmed that the encounter would indeed count towards Hassan’s impressive caps tally.
While awaiting Fifa’s final say on the matter, Hassan is tied for first place in international appearances with Saudi Arabia’s retired goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea.
The win over the Harambee Stars has been included on Fifa’s website despite it not having been played on an official international friendly date. Should it not be recognized, Hassan will have a chance to break the record again on February 29, when Egypt are expected to face Niger in Doha.