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Magdy Abdel-Ghany: I was asked to pay a bribe to enter DR Congo
Former Egyptian footballer Magdy Abdel-Ghany has shed light on the issues that arose in DR Congo and prevented him from entering the country.
Magdy Abdel-Ghany, president of the Egyptian Professional Footballers’ Committee, left Egypt for Kinshasa – the capital of DR Congo – to attend the annual conference held by the African division of the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPRO).
However, it was reported that the former Egyptian footballer was denied Kinshasa after reaching the city’s airport, and was deported back to Egypt.
“I flew on the Ethiopian Airlines accompanied by Mohamed Hany, the technical director of the professionals committee, to land in Addis Ababa [transit] before reaching DR Congo,” Magdy Abdel-Ghany explained.
“After our arrival, our visas were approved and a security member led us into a closed room where we saw a foreigner being treated in a humiliating manner,” he continued.
“Five officials asked us questions and we answered all of them calmly. Then we were asked by one of them to pay a bribe to be allowed to enter the city, and he threatened to arrest both of us should we fail to do so,” Abdel-Ghany claimed.
“I asked them to call the Egyptian ambassador in DR Congo but they refused, and we had to depart back to Ethiopia, and then to Egypt,” he said.
Abdel-Ghany revealed that the Egyptian ambassador in DR Congo, Hany Salah, called him after the conference and apologized to him for the incident.
The ex-Beira-Mar forward insists the Egyptian Football Assossiation (EFA) remain uninvolved: “We can solve our problems without them,” he concluded.