Egyptian kids win Street Child World Cup in Doha

STORY: As they trained in the field after coming back home as winners, the players said they are aiming to become professionals and compete in international tournaments.

Ten 17-year-old players were qualified to represent Egypt in the competition, after NAFAS, an Egyptian social enterprise partnered with institutions specialised in dealing with children at risk.

Prior to the tournament, NAFAS held tryouts for around 80 children from Egyptian slum districts like Al fustat, Dar el Salam, El-Abagya and Sayeda Zeinab. They then organized a closed camp to train the ten selected players and gave them basic English classes as well.

NAFAS co-founder Karim Hosny expressed how continuity is key to honor the success of his team.

For the teenage players of the team, winning the international tournament in Doha made them dream big.

“What I really want to achieve is for all of us to play in big respectable sporting clubs, where coaches could help us... I wish to achieve my dream to be in a better place and to add value to the Egyptian national team, not only in friendly tournaments, but in international ones too,” said Amr Mahmoud, who goes by the name of Modrić, in reference to the Croatian soccer player Luka Modrić.

The team’s outwear uniforms - a colorful design with drawings of pharaonic icons representing Egypt - were designed by other children living in slums.

Street Child World Cup brought together this year a total of 28 teams from 24 countries to play soccer.