Blue Wave skipper surpassed African legend to top the list of players with the most selections at national team level
Kuwait captain Bader Al-Mutawa eclipsed Ahmed Hassan to set the record for most international player appearances in football history.
The 36-year-old equaled the feat of the African football legend after winning his 184th cap in Blue Wave’s 2-1 victory over Chinese Taipei in a World Cup qualifier in FIFA 2022 played on June 15.
The Kuwait Football Association took to social media to congratulate former goal machine Qadsia and Al Nassr on the achievement.
Kuwait Football Association Board Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Al-Yousef Al-Sabah and Board Members congratulate national team captain Bader Al-Mutawa on his participation in the 184th international match, equaling the number of the oldest of the Egyptian player, Ahmed Hassan ”, we read on Instagram of the Kuwaiti Federation.
Nonetheless, he broke the record after being named in Thamer Enad’s starting XI in Friday’s FIFA Arab Cup qualifier against Bahrain at Khalifa International Stadium.
Al-Mutawa made his debut for Kuwait at the age of 17 on September 4, 2003, making him one of the youngest Blue Wave players to represent the senior team.
Some 15 months later, he scored his first goal as the Asian team silenced Saudi Arabia 2-1 in an Arabian Gulf Cup meeting on December 14, 2004.
Al-Mutawa impressed during the competition, forming a strong striking partnership with star striker Bashar Abdullah – managing five goals between them.
In addition, the striker has established himself as an indispensable part of the Kuwait squad which won the 2010 West Asian Football Federation championship hosted by Jordan.
That same year, the iconic striker was instrumental as the county beat Saudi Arabia on penalties to lift the Arabian Gulf Cup tiara.
The victory of Enad’s men will earn them a place in the competition scheduled from November 30 to December 18, 2021.
The Fifa Arab Cup is expected to serve as a preparatory competition to test Qatar’s operational readiness ahead of the 2022 World Cup to be held in the Middle Eastern country.