Egypt Officials Sacrifice Cow for Good Luck at AFCON

The Egyptian Football Association made headlines by sacrificing a cow in hopes of bringing luck to the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations. The tradition of sacrificing animals for good luck is a common practice in some cultures, and the Egyptian team’s actions have stirred up a mix of curiosity and skepticism.

In addition to the unconventional ritual, Egypt’s campaign in the tournament has been riddled with challenges. The team has been hit by injuries, with star player Mohamed Salah sidelined with a hamstring injury, and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy also out with a dislocated shoulder. Despite these setbacks, the team remains determined as they head into the round of 16, aiming to secure their first win in the competition.

This unconventional approach to seeking good fortune, coupled with the team’s resilience in the face of adversity, adds an interesting layer to Egypt’s journey in the Africa Cup of Nations. As they prepare to face Congo DR in the next round, all eyes will be on whether the cow sacrifice will indeed bring the Pharaohs the luck they are hoping for.
On January 26, 2024, at 03:34 PM ET, the Egyptian Football Association performed a sacrificial ritual involving a cow in an effort to enhance the team’s fortune at the Africa Cup of Nations. Team spokesperson Mohamed Morad confirmed to The Associated Press that the federation slaughtered the cow and distributed its meat to underprivileged individuals in Cairo on the previous day.

The national team from Egypt, which has yet to secure a victory, is scheduled to face Congo DR in the round of 16 in San Pedro on Sunday. However, their flight from Abidjan to San Pedro was delayed by an hour on Friday.

Egypt’s campaign in the tournament has been marred by injuries, including the loss of star player Mohamed Salah to a hamstring injury and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy to a dislocated shoulder. Emam Ashour was also hospitalized for concussion treatment after a head injury in training, but has since rejoined the squad.

It is worth noting that Egypt players have previously resorted to sacrificial acts during training, which seemingly contributed to their victory in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

As the record seven-time champions, Egypt has drawn all three of their group games, similarly to Congo. The upcoming match will determine which team advances to the next stage of the tournament.