This affected many football players in the country as they suffer from financial issues due to their low wages.
This includes Beni Suef SC center-back Mahrous Mohamed, who reportedly earned just over EGP 3,000 per month, who is now forced to work as a daily laborer, mainly in construction, and is currently worker at a pastry shop during the month of Ramadan.
Talking to AP Images, Mahrous revealed that he was forced to do so in order to provide for his family as he stopped receiving his monthly income from Ben Suef SC. He also explained that despite the circumstances and the government’s lockdown he is forced to work.
“I should do any kind of work to help feed them [his family],” he said.
“Nobody is immune [to the coronavirus]. But those like me and my family have to survive,” he added.
The Egyptian government have recently implemented stricter measures to try and prevent the increase in coronavirus cases, which already surpassed the 12,000 mark.
These new steps include a longer curfew from 5pm to 6am in the upcoming two weeks and all cafes, restaurants, malls or sports clubs will be closed.
Egypt’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbouly, also revealed that he expects football to return by mid-June in accordance with the government’s plan for the return of ‘normal’ life.
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