By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
28-year-old Egyptian defender Mahrous Mahmoud who plays for Egyptian second tier side Beni Suef SC has resorted to selling Ramadan sweets on the streets of Mafalut, in order to sustain his family.
In mid-March, sporting activities were suspended in Egypt as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Due to the economic impact of the pandemic, players of Mahmoud’s club had to settle for a pay cut and the defender lost $200 from his monthly wages.
Mahmoud who is the eldest of two sons from his parents, has to work hard to support both his parents and his brother.
His father who is a retired part-time driver due to a diagnosed heart problem, can no longer contribute to the family’s up-keep.
Mahmoud looks after his family of four, which lives in one room of a three storey building that is occupied by six families.
“I should do any kind of work to feed them,” Mahmoud told the Associated Press.
“Nobody is immune, but those like me and my family have to survive.”
To make ends meet, he found work as a construction worker, earning $7 a day. But he could only do this job twice a week due to his highly charged schedule at the bakery.
The defender who is likened to Vincent Kompany but prefers Virgil Van Dijk is one of many who are impatiently waiting for the return of football in Egypt.
Egyptian clubs are gradually returning to training, with sports expected to return this summer or even as early as June.
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