The most popular sport in the world “Football” is also affected by Coronavirus even North African Football united against coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic that is currently sweeping the globe is an invisible enemy that can quickly dominate our conversation. Life has suddenly changed as we yearn for the little things that we routinely did before the crisis to become normal again.
Governments around the world have taken measures such as closing schools and requiring companies to send their workers home or lay them off to reduce costs. In such difficult times, the livelihoods of poor families in countries like Egypt, which are already suffering from economic difficulties, are severely affected.
- Egypt’s Zamalek and Al Ahly unite against COVID-19
- Footballers welcome Rafik Saifi’s initiative in Algeria
- Tunisian and Moroccan football federations join the battle against the virus
Egyptian Football: North African Football
Regardless of which of the two big Kairos you supported, your favorite club and its arch-rivals have now joined forces. The stars of the two largest Egyptian clubs, Zamalek and Al Ahly have decided that this is the time to act and give.
Al Ahly’s defender Saad Sameer launched the (good_challenge) initiative, announcing that he would sponsor 20 families by the end of the crisis, and encouraged teammates from both clubs to follow suit.
The initiative soon turned into a snowball, and many soccer stars signed up. Tarek Hamed, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Mahmoud Kahraba, Amr El Solia, Wael Gomaa, Sherif Ekramy, Shikabala, Mido, Ahmed Hegazi, Trezeguet and Ahmed Hassan (Kouka) soon joined, and others come on board daily.
Hundreds and maybe thousands of households benefit from this challenge, which shows the beautiful side of the Egyptian people in a time of need.
Rafik Saifi’s initiative
In Algeria (North African Football Country), former international Rafik Saifi, who participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™, launched a campaign calling on all current and former international players to help finance Algerian hospitals. Many players, especially Yacine Brahimi, Carl Medjani, Ramy Bensebaini and almost the entire squad that won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations title last year, responded positively to the campaign.
In addition to this joint initiative, some players such as Abdelmoumene Djabou, Salim Boukhenchouche, Andria and several other soccer players in local leagues have individually decided to support some impoverished families during the crisis.
The President of the Algerian Football Association (FAF), Kheiredine Zetchi, announced that the FAF has made all financial and human resources available to the Algerian authorities in the fight against COVID-19. He said the football association would not hesitate to play an active role in overcoming the Algerian people’s plight.
The federal technical training center in Sidi Moussa will also be made available to the government after completion of the work there. The facilities will be used as a quarantine center if necessary, with the exception of the Hôtel Les Fennecs, which will not be completed until next year.
Tunisian (North African Football Football ) family mobilize to fight the virus
Tunisian football also rallies behind the state in this difficult time. Many internationals, such as Anice Badri, Fakhereedine Ben Youssef, Yousself Msakni, Taha Khenissi, Wahbi Khazri, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Wajdi Kechrida, Bassem Srarfi, Ferjani Sasi, Ellyes Skhiri and all Eagles of Carthage players participating in the FIFA football World Cup Russia 2018 ™ has made donations for the solidarity of the coronavirus.
For its part, the Tunisian Football Association (FTF) made the national team center available to the Ministry of Health, which prepared the facility for a possible emergency.
The FTF provided another 100,000 dinars to provide medical care to the Borj Cedria and Ain Draham centers and also made them available to the Ministry. In addition, the medical and paramedical teams temporarily monitoring the centers are being funded and have announced that their teams are ready to help the government respond to the crisis.
The FTF also provided all quarantine centers with internet access and gave every Tunisian returning from abroad a mobile SIM card with data. In a separate step, it provided 700 Tunisian families with basic foodstuffs, cleaning agents and sanitary liquids and made five buses available to the Ministry of Transport.
Moroccan (North African Football) FA and professional clubs make financial contributions
In collaboration with its professional and regional leagues and women’s football associations, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced that it would donate ten million dirhams to the Anti-Coronavirus Fund.
Some of the country’s professional league teams have also announced donations to the fund, and campaigns by current and former players and coaches continue to raise awareness of the severity of the virus and the need to follow instructions to contain the virus.
The Sun will definitely rise
Nobody knows how long the crisis will last, but it will end one day and the stadiums will open their doors again. And when we see that these players are back on the pitch, we will see how important it is to give in this life and that it can only continue through our unity and solidarity. The Good Challenge Initiative in Egypt, the Saifi Challenge in Algeria and similar measures by the Tunisian and Moroccan football authorities show that football is “the beautiful game”.