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Why aren’t there any Coptic Christians in Egypt’s AFCON squad?

Some Coptic Christians, who make up 10% of the country’s population, don’t feel that the national team represents them.  Historically very few Christians are picked up by professional teams and there are no Copts in the 23-man national squad. Shaimaa Khalil speaks to Coptic Christian footballer Mina Bendary, religious rights activist Ishak Ibrahim and Egyptian federation spokesperson Magdi Abdul Ghani.

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Photo Credit:  Jonathan Bolingi Mpangi of Rd Congo heading on goal during the 2019 African Cup of Nations match between Egypt and DR Congo June, 2019.

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