Egyptian man arrested for taking footballer’s place at an exam

A young Egyptian man was arrested after pretending to take a university exam for professional footballer Mostafa Mohamed, who is currently playing for Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, state media said.

Mohamed, 24, is in Cameroon with the Egyptian national team which has made it to the last-16 stage of the African competition. In Egypt, national exams are taking place this week.

Mohamed, who is a forward for Turkey’s Galatasaray, is registered at the Cairo institution. A campus official noticed that Mohamed wasn’t the one sitting the exam and filed a judicial complaint.

State media quoted the impersonator, whose true identity has yet to be revealed, as saying that he was “helping a friend” and had “already taken three exams instead of Mostafa Mohamed”.

Many on social media in football-mad Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, found the incident amusing.

One Twitter user called it “the stupidest crime in the 20th and 21st century” and said: “The 100 million Egyptians following football across the continent know that Mostafa Mohamed is in Cameroon.”

It was unclear if the footballer had asked the other man to take his place, or what the charges would be.




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