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Egypt’s soccer fans call foul on Africa Cup tickets

Several Egyptian activists on social media, sports critics and public figures have rallied against the ticket prices of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Soccer Football - African Nations Cup Qualifier - Egypt v Tunisia - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - November 16, 2018   Egypt fans cheer their team  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC1EEB11E250

Around 35,000 Egyptian soccer fans paid hefty sums to travel to Moscow last year to see their team defeated in its first game of the World Cup. Ever since, the fans have pinned their hopes on the Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in five cities around Egypt on June 21-July 19.

But any hope that they can afford buying a ticket to a game was shattered with the announcement of the games' ticket prices, which are well above what the average Egyptian can pay in a country where per capita income is $200 per month.

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