You’ll never win anything with kids – fact.
That point was borne out by Egyptian side Gouna who were forced to field a 14-year-old in their team following the exodus of all their players and coach at the end of last season when they were relegated to the second division.
Gouna had to bring on Zied El-Seheifi as their third substitute after just 38 minutes in their Egypt Cup round of 16 match when they were already 5-0 down to Ahly.
Baby-faced Zied became the youngest player ever in an official Egyptian match in the process but there was to be no fairytale ending as his team lost 13-0, the biggest defeat in Egypt for more than 50 years.
The son of the Red Sea club’s director of football Ahmed El-Seheifi, Zied is two years younger than the previous youngest player, Ghazl El-Mahala midfielder Mohamed El-Seyagi who played in the 1960s.
For Ahly, new Ghanaian striker John Antwi scored four goals while Gabon striker Malik Evouna and fullback Ahmed Fathi also scored their first goals with their new team.
A double from Abdallah El-Said and goals from Ramadan Sobhi, Hossam Ghaly and an own goal from Mohamed Shamseddin completed the rout.
Zied, meanwhile, was delighted to swap shirts with Ahmed Fathi.