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Egypt cyclist begins 7000km journey to Russia World Cup

Mohammed Nufal set off on Saturday from Cairo [AFP]

Date of publication: 8 April, 2018

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An Egyptian football fan has started his 7000km journey from Cairo to Moscow to see his country play in the 2018 World Cup.

An Egyptian cyclist set off on Saturday from the heart of downtown Cairo heading to Moscow to support Egypt's national football team in the upcoming World Cup.

The tournament, which will kick off in June, will be Egypt' first World Cup since 1990.

Mohammed Nufal, 24, embarked on the long-haul journey from the famed Tahrir Square and is planning to traverse seven countries across three continents including Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. Nufal said he will only take a flight from Jordan to Bulgaria to bypass war-torn Syria.

"The languages are among the biggest challenges," Nufal told The Associated Press. "I will deal with that using translation apps and sign language."

Nufal says he expects the cycle to take 65 days, during which he will cover a distance of around 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles).

Prior to this ride, Nufal had completed a 70-day ride from Egypt to Gabon, which passed through Chad, Sudan and Cameroon.

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