Allah an Egypt soccer supporter?
A superstitious soccer coach seeks outside intervention:
Egypt coach Hassan Shehata wants only players who observe Islam, and says team selection is based equally on religious piety and skill.
Shehata's comments, published in Egyptian newspapers, show how sports and religion are increasingly mixing in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation of some 80 million.
The intrusion of religion into sports is part of the country's gradual movement toward religious conservatism over the last few decades, with more people praying at mosques, most women adopting the Islamic veil in public, and diminishing tolerance for secular Muslims or minority Christians.
The ploy ain't working:
Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990.
Allah bestows his blessings on those with foot-skills, which explains why no predominantly Muslim country has ever won the World Cup. More time practicing; less than praying should improve on-field perfromance. Sure the less than pious will end up in Hell, but everything in life has trade-offs.