Egyptian or Pakistani.. The World Cup ball ignites controversy over its manufacturer

In addition to the enthusiasm sparked by the fever of the 2022 World Cup matches, football has hosted a debate of another kind outside the stadiums.

Between Pakistan and Egypt, a conflict erupted on communication sites over the home of the industry World Cup ballAfter an Egyptian official announced that it was 100% pure Egyptian industry.

A few days ago, Saif Al-Waziri, the head of the Egyptian Presentation Company, wrote through his personal account on the social networking site Facebook, “The Qatar World Cup ball is an Egyptian industry, and 100% Egyptian hands.” He added, “I was honored to be a small part of the great achievement, and Egypt will be a major destination for exporting Adidas balls to the whole world, starting with the 2022 Qatar World Cup.”

To ignite a whirlwind between those who expressed their pride in this achievement, and those who questioned it, stressing that the 2022 World Cup ball is a complete Pakistani industry, especially since Pakistan has had a monopoly for many years. this industry.

What is the truth about its manufacture in Egypt?!

definitive official response

However, the Egyptian government answered those doubts categorically. Yesterday, the Council of Ministers announced that Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister, met with representatives of the “Forward Egypt” company participating in the manufacture of the official ball for the World Cup in Qatar, and congratulated them on the step of manufacturing this sports product, appreciating that this was done by Egyptian hands, as a contribution to the national industry in this most famous tournament. spherically in the world.

In addition, the government’s congratulations revealed that the manufacturer is the international company “Adidas”, which approved the factory of the Egyptian “Forward Egypt” company to manufacture the ball and contracted with it to produce 1,500 soccer balls, with international measurements, as the company’s factory in Egypt is the first and only approved by “ Adidas International in the Middle East.

In the context, Jasser Al-Sayed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, explained that the factory is located in the city of Al-Rubiki, east of Cairo, and that it operates in a partnership agreement with the National Service Projects Agency of the Army, as the company brought technology and machinery from Pakistan, in coordination with Adidas, and transferred expertise from it, as it is a country A pioneer in the field of manufacturing soccer balls, the timing of the opening of the World Cup was chosen to start actual production.

He also added that this factory operates with a production capacity of about 3.5 million soccer balls annually, and the number of workers in it is 600, all of whom are Egyptians who have been trained, according to the latest systems and experiences in this field, in addition to 3 foreign experts.

In addition, he pointed out that the agreement with Adidas provided for the complete settlement of the industry in Egypt, so that 100% of the production would be local within a year, provided that the international company purchases 100% of the production to be exported. He explained that the company is involved in manufacturing a specific share of the official football for the 2022 World Cup, along with other factories in two countries of the world.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian government had previously announced that this factory could represent a valid nucleus for the establishment of an integrated industrial city in the country for international sports products, expressing the government’s readiness to provide support and assistance, so that this experience becomes a national success story.

It also approved a draft decision to establish a private free zone in the name of the “Forward Egypt” company for sports and football industries, on a 25,000-square-meter plot of land in the industrial zone in the 10th of Ramadan City, Sharkia Governorate.

The establishment of this free zone aims to work in the field of producing and manufacturing all sports supplies, and storing chemicals needed for the manufacture of sportswear and balls for international brands, as it will include 3 factories for each of footballs, shoes and sportswear, and a chemical store.

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