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Egyptian National Football team sacrifices veal ahead of African Championship knockout clash

Posted : 28 January 2024

Responding to the setbacks of losing key players Mohamed Salah and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi, the management of the Egyptian national football team has opted for a symbolic gesture by sacrificing a veal.


The meat from this sacrifice is being distributed to those in need, with the intention of averting further misfortunes and injuries as the Pharaohs prepare for their imminent match against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the eighth round of the 2023 African Championship.


This ritual is not a novel occurrence in Egyptian football, as a similar symbolic sacrifice of a calf was performed by the national team players before their triumphant campaign in the 2008 African Championship held in Ghana.


Despite not securing a victory in the current tournament, Egypt has successfully advanced to the knockout stages from the second position in Group 2, amassing three points through draws against Cape Verde, Ghana, and Mozambique, all concluding with a 2-2 scoreline.


Facing the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday at 22:00, Egypt holds a favorable historical record with six wins and two draws in their past eight encounters, while the Congolese are yet to secure a victory.


Nantes' Mustafa Mohammed, who scored three goals in the group stage, is poised to lead Egypt's forward line in the absence of Mohamed Salah, while midfielder Ashur, recovering from a head injury during training, is expected to contribute to the team's efforts.


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