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Hijabs for soccer boots (GN)

Goitsemang Nkomo/Twenty Ten

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File name of Audio piece: Women in Egypt: Trading in their Hijabs for soccer boots.

SFX 1: Drums from football match. (U20 FIFA World cup: Paraguay vs. Egypt) 00:15” (fade out)
Cue: Throughout the world, football is a sport dominated by men. The world is slowly starting to welcome female football players onto the field. In Egypt, women are starting to trade in their Hijabs for soccer boots. Egypt is a Muslim country, with strict social and religious restrictions, but the women in Egypt are challenging the traditions. How far have women in Egypt come with soccer and what is stopping them from progressing to international competition?

Vox Pop: Question: What do you think of women playing football in Egypt? 00:19”

Link 1: The first female team in Egypt was established in 1996 by Sahar-al-Hawari, now a leading female football administrator in the country. Mothers were initially skeptical about allowing their daughters to train with Hawari, pioneer trainer and coach. Conservative Islamic groups voiced their opposition and the media showed no support. But Egypt practices a liberal form of Islam, compared with other Muslim countries including some of its Arab neighbours. Saudi Arabia for instance does not even allow women to drive. From an early age boys and girls are socially integrated in Egypt.

SFX 2: Fade in background noise from the Wadi Degla sporting club, New Cairo Egypt 00:35”

Fade down hold in background under commentary

Link 2: Female footballers in Egypt are taking on the challenge, to change the state of the game. FROM A MODEST BEGINNING IN 1996 Egypt now has a female football league. Wadi Degla, a sporting club in new Cairo, is home to the top team in the women’s national league. Sofia Abdedayem of Wadi Degla Sporting club of New Cairo in Egypt is aware of these challenges.
Insert: Interview: Sofia Abdedayem (female football player: Wadi Degla Football club) 00:27”
In: My family…
Out...and play tactics

Bring up sound: fade hold in background.

(Wild Track): Sporting ground ambience recorded at Wadi Degla Sporting club.
Dip sound
Link 3: So who has the ability to help Female football reach its peak? Merhani Yahyaali, another Wadi Degla player:

Insert: Interview with Wadi Degla football player, Merhani Yahyaali. 00:12”
In: We still need …
Out: … even the media.

Link 4: In any society, media plays an important role. Wadi Degla female football team coach, comments on the role of the media in female football in Egypt.

Insert: Interview with Wadi Degla female football team coach, Mohammed Khamal. (Arabic)
(Translation) “First of all, I would say that female football in Egypt has been around for over ten years. But female football is lacking in exposure from the media. The media is only interested in the premier league that is the men’s league, and the first Egyptian men’s national team. Media exposure for women in football comes last in Egypt. 00:30”

SFX 3 (fade in) Sound clip: Call to prayer at a Mosque in Cairo.00:27”

Link 5: As a Muslim country Egypt has strict social rules. The rules are a lifestyle and impact everyday living. A main issue around women’s soccer is the idea of women running around in shorts. Sofia Abedayem again:
Insert: Interview with a Sofia Abdedayem Wadi Degla sporting club football player.00:11”
In: I am Muslim…
Out: …love to play soccer.

SFX: Music (fade in)

OUTRO: In a country where football is the oldest sport, the men’s national team, known as the Pharaohs, continue to make the mark for their country. Compared to countries with strong national female teams such as Sweden, Germany or the United States, Egypt may be a minor, but it continues to lead the way for other Arab nations.
Sign out: This Is Goitsemang Nkomo reporting live from Cairo, for Twenty Ten.
SFX 4: music fades out


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