Egyptian MPs Turn Ceerleaders in Nat'l Soccer Team's Grudge Match with Morocco
A group of 80 Egyptian lawmakers will arrive in Rabat Saturday to support their national soccer team in their 2002 world cup heats match against Morocco, reported the official Maghrebe Arab Presse (MAP) on Wednesday.
The Egyptian Parliament will pay for part of the trip and the amateur cheerleaders will pay for the rest, said the agency.
The Egyptian soccer team will also be supported by leading artists and businessmen try shrug off a "bad omen" that has always loomed in their games against the North Africans, MAP said.
Egypt has defeated Morocco only once in official competition, in the semi-final of the African Nations Cup played in 1986 in Cairo.
The sole goal was then scored for Egypt by a sent-off player.
Morocco's Atlas Lions currently top group C with 12 points, ahead of Egypt and Senegal who total 9 points each, and Morocco will be trying to widen the gap – Albawaba.com
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