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Legendary keeper with an all-time gaffe
by Samuel Charles, November 5th, 2012 11:49PM

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[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] One of worst goalkeeping errors we’ve ever seen by Essam El-Hadary, a legendary Egyptian keeper, from the African Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday.

The 39-year-old El-Hadary has made 138 appearances for Egypt, over 500 appearances for the top club in Africa, Al-Ahly, he was named the African Cup of Nations best goalkeeper three times, and Didier Drogba selected him as the “best opponent” he’d ever played against when interviewed by Chelsea FC Magazine last April.

So how did what transpires in this video possibly happen?

Now in net for Sudanese champion El Merreikh, the veteran keeper gives away the go ahead goal in the first leg of a home-and-home against the Leopards de Dolisie, with some time wasting gone wrong in the 83rd minute, as El Merrikh lost 2-1.

If you take into account his experience, quality, that this happened in a cup semifinal, and the fact there aren’t any rules we know of requiring a goalkeeper to tease an opponent with the ball just inches from his own goal line.

Well then this may be the worst goalkeeping mistake we’ve seen…



2 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 6, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.
    It could've gone the other way (foul and yellow card) very easy. He established possession of the ball for a fraction of a second. The rule doesn't state for how long the ball should be in the hands of the goalkeeper to establish possession.
  1. Ramon Creager
    commented on: November 7, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
    I don't think he ever established possession. Regardless, it's silly to try to milk the clock to that extent. What would he have given up to be more secure with the ball, a second? Two tops? And you're milking the clock to that extent in a tie game? If you must, pick the damn ball up, go to the top of the box, then milk the seconds hoping the ref won't be a stickler on the 6 second rule. Even then, at least you're defending an indirect free kick, not conceding a goal. I agree it's about the most boneheaded error I've seen a keeper make.

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