Egypt has been revealed to be one of the countries responsible for manufacturing the 2022 World Cup official ball.
The Pharaohs failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after losing a penalty shootout to Senegal in the AFCON qualifiers back in March.
Despite missing out on the tournament, Egypt’s name was found on the official World Cup ball “Al Rihla” as photos started circulating on social media.
A company named Forward Egypt, an affiliate of the Pakistani Forward sports equipment group, has been found to be commissioned by Adidas to manufacture a portion of the official balls for the World Cup.
“We contacted Pakistan at the beginning of this year, and we were able to convince them that the balls will be manufactured in one of Egypt’s factories,” the managing director of Forward Egypt, Hesham El-Sayed, told Sada El-Balad.
“The company’s primary objective was for the factory to be approved by Adidas and to comply with technical and environmental specifications and that was done in February.
“Thus, the company became part of the process of manufacturing the World Cup ball in Qatar.
“Around 1,500 balls were manufactured for the World Cup in Egypt, out of 6,000 balls in total for the entire tournament,” he added.
The 2022 World Cup kicked off this week and has already seen monumental upsets with Saudi Arabia defeating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1.
The opening games also saw Japan pull off a similar 2-1 comeback win over Germany to go top of Group E on Wednesday.