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Egypt prepares for Women’s Roller Hockey world cup
The Egyptian women’s Roller Hockey team is set to participate in the 2016 FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup in Iquique, Chile.
Egypt will participate in the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) Women’s World Cup for the first time in twelve years, with kickoff set for the 26th of September in Chile. The Pharaohs’ are the only Arab country in the tournament, and will also represent Africa alongside South Africa.
Egypt is expected to be in the same group with host country as well Chile, South Africa and Japan.
Team Manager Ali Rassem told KingFut, “The group stage draw is going to be held 10 days before the tournament but the federation got word that this is going to be our group. We hope that it will be, as based on their 2014 World Cup performance, South Africa and Japan are easier teams that we can beat.
“The Roller Hockey Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports are both providing us with the necessary support to prepare for the World Cup starting from the equipment to the funding and although we had little time to assemble a team, the selected girls are handpicked by the staff from the six women’s teams in the league.”
Team captain Heidi Salem also spoke about the build-up to the tournament: “We’re preparing for the World Cup by giving our all in practice. Everyone on the team exerts their maximum effort including our coaches.
“Since this is the first time for all the players to participate in an international competition in the form of one team, we’re all trying to understand one another because we come from different clubs. We are trying our best as individual players to enhance our skills, and as a team to coordinate and play well together,” Salem continued.
“We are aware of our slim chances in the World Cup, however that is not bringing us down. In fact, our participation itself, regardless of what the outcome might be, is a huge motivating factor for all of us. We are representing Egypt for the first time after twelve years of absence from the World Cup, and that itself is very exciting. We are giving our practice all we’ve got and we’re hoping for the best in the competition,” she concluded.