The Egyptian men’s team made their Homeless World Cup debut this year in Glasgow, following in the footsteps of the Egyptian women last year in Amsterdam. The team entered the tournament unranked and quickly showed that their hard work and training were worthwhile, winning four of their first five games. Two wins in the second round earned them a spot in the Men’s Plate competition where they faced Ireland in the final, losing in a tight match in overtime.
The squad finished in 10th place overall and their enthusiasm and skill earned them the Best New Team award. “Football is everything to them. It is their exit,” explained NAFAS programme manager Karim Hosny. NAFAS hopes to bring both a women’s and a men’s team in future years.
Team Egypt 2016 (Men’s)
The goal of NAFAS is to initiate and manage sports programmes that give street children and young people at risk a place to breathe, hence their name, which means “breath” in Arabic. By creating a positive medium through sports, participants can receive help tailored to their unique needs with social reintegration as the ultimate goal.