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AFCON 2023: EFA board slaughters a calf for a strange reason

by Lesley Ngwa
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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Board is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to win a record extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.

According to reports, the Board has announced that a calf has been slaughtered and parts of the slain calf have been given out to the poor. This according to them is to help the Pharaohs of Egypt avoid more injuries and draws in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire.

The Board believes this sacrifice will protect the team from picking up injuries and also avoid drawing games at the competition.

A similar practice was undertaken during Egypt’s 2008 AFCON run in Ghana that ended in Egypt’s second of three AFCON title wins in a row.

Heading into the present tournament as one of the favorites, Egypt has failed to live up to the expectations after failing to win any of their three Group B games.

Egypt drew 2#2 with Ghana, Cape Verde and Mozambique respectively but went through to the round of 16 stage due to the 2#2 draw between Ghana and Mozambique in the final group game resulting in both countries finishing with two points.

On the injury front, Egypt has been rocked by the hamstring injury to star forward Mohammed Salah. The Liverpool player is expected to return to action should Egypt make it all the way to the AFCON final on February 11.

Salah has returned to Liverpool for extensive treatment to his injured hamstring.

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