Egyptian football fans are preparing to return to the game for the first time since the military took power in a coup in 2013.
The country’s first ever game between the national team and a top-flight Egyptian side is being held in Cairo on Monday.
The match, which was previously played on a private basis between the two sides, is being broadcast on state television.
“Egypt is ready to resume its footballing life,” Egyptian Football Association (EFAA) president Mohamed Kamel told the state TV channel Al-Masry Al-Youm.
“We hope that this will bring joy and enjoyment to football fans all over the world.”
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in a new stadium at the Suez Canal city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Sheikh” is the name of the city where the 2022 World Football Cup will be held.
“The stadium is the first stadium built in the country after the coup,” said Al-Sisi.
“Its main goal is to provide the country with a football stadium that will be able to host the World Cup and the Olympics in 2020,” said an Egyptian government official.
“It’s an important moment in the history of Egypt.
Egypt will return to football.”
Egypt has been struggling with poverty, crime and the threat of war with neighbouring Syria since the 2011 revolution that toppled President Mohamed Morsi.
The military has been trying to modernise the country’s antiquities and restore its national image.
The EFA hopes the game will bring a sense of pride to the country.
“This will bring Egyptians back to their roots,” Kamel said.
“Football will become a real sport.”
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, is a strong supporter of football.
“I don’t know about the game in general, but football will be a great sport for the people of Egypt,” he said in May, a month after the Egyptian Football Federation (AFF) announced it was to change its name from the Egyptian National Football Association.
“My dream is to see Egyptian football becoming a reality, and I’m very excited about this,” he told Al-Ahram TV.
“In the future, when we want to see Egyptians on the field playing football, we should have the best of both worlds.
What I’m hoping is that football will become an event of national pride for Egypt.”