This past week of international friendlies and African Cup of Nations qualifiers witnessed two massive record-breaking events for Egyptian legend Ahmed Hassan and Nigerian captain Joseph Yobo.

Egyptian star Hassan was involved in his country’s 1 : 0 win over Niger in a friendly to win his official 179th cap. He overtook Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea who was capped 178 times.

However, the 34-year still feels sad about the recent Port-Said stadium tragedy despite achieving this milestone. Speaking on his official website, Hassan said: “Of course I am happy with that achievement, but my happiness is not complete. I’m still saddened over the death of Ahly fans in the Port-Said disaster. ”

Officially, the Zamelek of Egypt player has now played 179 times for his country. This may rise to 180 as he was also involved in Egypt’s 5 : 0 trashing of Kenya on Monday this week although it is not clear if the game is a FIFA recognised one.

But one player who has no doubts hanging over his own record is Super Eagles of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo. The Fenerbahçe of Turkey defender made his 87th appearance for Nigeria setting a new record in their goalless draw with Rwanda.

In a chat with, Yobo expressed his delight in the feat but wants more team victory.

“Yes it is natural to feel excited at such a record for anyone”, the former Olympic Marseille star said. “What will make the joy complete is for the national team to win. To win well, that will make my joy complete.”

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