Analysts have expressed their fear that many talented athletes will give up their Egyptian citizenship, and will naturalize them with other nationalities, play in the name of those countries, and win international medals that raise the flag of other countries in international forums, which raises the eyebrows of many, but the practices that athletes face in many Egyptian clubs It reveals the secret behind the migration of sports, as well as scientific and technical competencies out of Egypt, whether due to lack of capabilities or financial extortion by clubs to provide a real opportunity for young talents to play games.
Many live testimonies and media reports reveal the practice of financial extortion, which has become known in most Egyptian clubs in the recent period, where young people in team and individual sports are subjected to a process of financial extortion demanding that they pay exorbitant money to get an opportunity to play in sports teams in clubs, under the investment sword or other forms of financial extortion. Disguised bribes.
Among those cases, 16-year-old Mustafa Abdo, a former player in the Helwan Cement Club’s lions team, and the son of the village of Shabramant in Giza Governorate, Mustafa began his passion and madness for football in his eighth year, playing the game in the street, like thousands of Egyptian boys. Despite his thinness and short stature, Mustafa surpasses all his peers in the chapels of Shabramant.
“From the first time I saw him playing in the street, I told him that he would be a great talent in football, I took care of him and offered him to play professionally in clubs instead of the street,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a coach at the Omrania Club.
In 2017, Mustafa began his professional career with football in the junior team of Helwan Cement Club in the fourth degree. He submitted to the team’s tests, and soon the head of the junior sector in the team chose him from among hundreds of players. He attended trainings that start at nine in the morning three days a week.
Mustafa’s family consists of four members, the head of the family works as a barber and Mustafa helps him in the shop, in addition to his work as an air conditioning technician, and his daily ranges between 30-35 pounds, of which he spends 25 pounds a day going to and from the club.
Mustafa’s journey begins by taking a car from his home to the Munib station subway, and from there to Helwan station, and finally taking a collective bus to Helwan Cement Club.
Despite the difficult financial conditions, Mustafa tries to adhere to a strict diet, “I must eat two hours before training and provide protein, such as eggs and milk, and it is forbidden to eat from the street.”
Mustafa first joined the industrial secondary school to save the most time for playing football and to escape the expenses of private lessons in high school, following the advice of his father, whom Mustafa considers the first supporter of his dream of becoming a football player. ».
Mustafa plays in the position of the playmaker or the attacking midfield, and he chose this position specifically after the player of Al-Ahly club and the former Egypt national team, Mohamed Aboutrika. ».
Pay to play
A year after joining the team, the head of the youth sector told him that “there is an investor who bought the sector, and that he asks each player 3000 pounds as a down payment, provided he continues in the team next season.” My day goes to transportation money, and I won’t be able to get such a large amount of money,” says Mustafa.
Mustafa was forced to leave the team, and after two months passed, he applied to the Goldie Club tests in the third division, and was chosen among many applicants, and after three months of his enrollment in the team, the same thing was repeated in the new club.
The coach informed him that an investor bought the sector, and asked each player 5,000 pounds as a down payment. Mostafa says, “I saw players just to have the amount completed in the team, and players who entered recently, even though they had no talent in football.”
Selling Junior Sectors
The same thing was repeated a third time in Al-Qadisiyah Club in Matrouh Governorate, which he joined in 2018. entire.
It is noteworthy that in recent years, the concept of “investment clubs” has penetrated most of the youth sectors of football teams, the investor buys from the club president the entire youth sector, and the player is required to pay a sum of money each season to be enrolled in the team, and the main purpose in most of the youth sectors of the clubs is Achieving quick financial gains only, and in return for these quick gains, Egyptian football loses opportunities to discover great talent projects that may become a source of huge funds on the long term.
Clubs focus on players
An official source in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who preferred not to be named, considers that “the Football Association is the one who allowed the phenomenon of selling the youth sectors to investors, but its regulations allow this, because the player’s registration and deletion and the registration of the team list is through it from the ground up, and the Football Association must enact Regulations prohibiting the ratification of the sale of a team or the youth sector or players without his approval, and if the federation allows that matter, it will be responsible for wasting talent in the ball.
The investment clubs focus on the players, and the player usually leaves after paying the financial compensation for joining the team, or even in the best case, the payment is annually in exchange for staying in the team, and the Football Association has not issued laws criminalizing cases of fraud against players in clubs or even monitoring investment clubs, according to Mahmoud Fathi, coach. In the junior sector at “Al Hilal”.
As a result, many talented people in the youth sector leave their clubs or are not accepted in the team tests because they are of low income.
Money before talent
As for Tamer Abdel Hamid, the former player of Zamalek and the Egyptian national team, he explains that “only he who owns money is the one who plays and is registered in the team, even if he does not have the talent.” He describes the youth sectors in Egypt as having become mere business, especially since most club boards are not interested By achieving the junior sector championships because it is not economically viable.”
Because of the lack of economic feasibility of its championships, the youth sectors suffer from a miserable condition, as most of the youth teams in the clubs suffer from the lack of stadiums to train on.
Club boards prefer to make a quick profit instead of directing attention and care, developing players, discovering their talents and developing their skills so that they ascend from the juniors to the first team. Eloy Ahmed, a former managing director at Goldie, and general coach at Ismaily Matrouh.
Because of the state’s neglect of supporting clubs and youth sectors, many clubs resort to donations in favor of junior or senior teams, which destroys sports talent in Egypt.
In a club such as the Arab Contractors, which has a great history in sports in Egypt, the club stipulated that any player in the club’s teams must pay an amount of 30,000 pounds.
This phenomenon has led to many changes affecting Egyptian football and its clubs in general in recent decades. The companies’ teams have increased, which have become the largest percentage of the Premier League teams in Egypt, at the expense of popular clubs, which have disappeared with the rise of companies such as Olympic of Alexandria, Tarsana, Mansoura, Suez, Damietta and Damanhour. , And popular clubs that suffer from severe financial crises can no longer compete with other companies affiliated with companies that have large capital and allocate a huge budget in favor of the football team and can pay to bring in distinguished players, in the last football season, for example, corporate teams acquired more than 60% From the Premier League, and the three teams that qualified for the new season are companies teams (Farco, Coca-Cola and Al Sharqiya for Tobacco).
Some blame the Football Association for this, and this appears clear to them, in the way the federation distributes the companies’ teams to the groups of the second division league or the Egyptian Premier League “B”, so that their way to qualify for the Premier League is easier. The Egyptian second division consists of three groups, which are: Cairo, Bahri and Upper Egypt, and each group consists of 12 teams, from which three teams qualify, while three others from each group are relegated to the third division.
The Football Association circumvents the laws to increase the number of companies’ clubs in the Premier League through the so-called affiliation system. Some of the clubs in the Giza and Cairo regions play in the Upper Egypt group, as it is the easiest group. For example, he used to play in the Upper Egypt region, and the same was true with Al Sharqiya for Dukhan.”
This violates the principle of equal opportunities, especially with the severe financial poverty in the Upper Egyptian clubs and the mass clubs, in which players receive negligible financial compensation and most of them are forced to work in different jobs.
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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