Egypt Women’s Team to participate in Special Olympics Unified Cup
The Special Olympics anniversary celebration will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA from July 17 – July 21. There will be many sports represented, including soccer for the first time every in the Unified Cup.
The Unified Cup, which will take place from July 17 – July 20 on three fields in Chicago, will have 24 men’s and women’s teams. The Women’s bracket is divided into two groups with four teams each. Group A consists of Kenya, Brazil, USA Illinois, and Slovakia. Group B consists of Bharat, Mexico, Egypt, and Korea. Egypt will start the tournament against Korea on July 17 before facing Bharat on July 18 and Mexico on July 19.
It is understood that each team’s squad list will be made of ten players with five players with disabilities and five players without disabilities. This setup emphasizes the Special Olympics goal of being “a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community.”
Egypt’s five players without disabilities are some of the country’s biggest stars: Mena Tarek from Wadi Degla, Bassant Abdelaziz from Wadi Degla, Alia El-Zenouky from Wadi Degla, Merna Mohsen from El-Tayaran, and Sherouk Sayed from Wadi Degla. The team is also coached by current El-Tayaran captain Fayza Hider.
The Pharaohs played three games in their road to the international tournament. In their first match, Egypt lost 4-2 to Tunisia. The team went on to beat United Arab Emirates 3-1, before beating them once again in the final 4-2.
Participation in the Unified Cup comes as the women’s national team became officially unranked on Friday after being inactive for more than 18 months.
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