Introducing Egpyt: Its Sport, Her Sheroes (Pt I)

 By Nouran Hegazy 

 

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When you talk about sports in Egypt, football comes in the first place with no other competitor.

The sport is adored and passionately followed by millions of Egyptians, with the majority being  Al Ahly and Zamalek fans.

Despite football being a male-dominated team sport, the percentage of female fans has noticeably risen in the past years as was evident in 2006 when Egypt hosted the African Cup of Nations, as females were present at the stadiums, cheering for their national team.

It was only normal for a women’s football team to catch the flame

The team made its official debut in the 1998 African Women’s Championship, a match against Uganda that ended with a 1-1 draw.

Nevertheless, it was that same competition when they were handed their biggest loss against the host country Nigeria, an unforgettable 6-0 beating.

They did not qualify for the subsequent round as the team finished bottom of the group.

The women’s team has not been as successful as the corresponding men’s team; the team which was crowned as the African Champions three times in a row 2006, 2008 and 2010.

By 2012, the women’s football team had participated in the African qualifiers just four times.

 

Numbers:

The team is currently ranked 82nd on the FIFA standings.

The highest rank was achieved in December 2005 at 58th place whereas the lowest rank was 121st place in March 2008.

They were able to thrash Iraq 15-0 in October 2010, recording their biggest ever win.

 

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