Hit Hard by COVID-19 Pandemic, Soccer Player Turns Into a Street Vendor

Football | Associated Press | May 19, 2020, 1:32 pm
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 On a hot Saturday afternoon, Mahrous Mahmoud is busy as can be. The professional soccer player, however, is working up a sweat in a different way these days — as a street vendor. (Image: AP)
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On a hot Saturday afternoon, Mahrous Mahmoud is busy as can be. The professional soccer player, however, is working up a sweat in a different way these days — as a street vendor. (Image: AP)

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 At this time of the year, Mahmoud would be on the field playing as a defender for Beni Suef, a club in Egypt's second division. But like millions in the Arab world’s most populous country, he has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)
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At this time of the year, Mahmoud would be on the field playing as a defender for Beni Suef, a club in Egypt's second division. But like millions in the Arab world’s most populous country, he has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)

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 These days, Mahrous heads to work in a crowded market in an Upper Egypt town. Shoulder-to-shoulder, shoppers jostle around stalls as he prepares a pancake-like pastry. (Image: AP)
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These days, Mahrous heads to work in a crowded market in an Upper Egypt town. Shoulder-to-shoulder, shoppers jostle around stalls as he prepares a pancake-like pastry. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud makes Ramadan sweets at a souq, in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud makes Ramadan sweets at a souq, in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Prior to the pandemic, Mahmoud made about $200 a month playing for his club. That went a long way toward feeding his family of three but he also did part-time jobs to supplement it. (Image: AP)
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Prior to the pandemic, Mahmoud made about $200 a month playing for his club. That went a long way toward feeding his family of three but he also did part-time jobs to supplement it. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud holds up his Egyptian national football team jersey he trains with, inside his home, in Manfalut, Cairo. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud holds up his Egyptian national football team jersey he trains with, inside his home, in Manfalut, Cairo. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud and his best friend Alaa Antar stand at the construction site where they work, in Manfalut, Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud and his best friend Alaa Antar stand at the construction site where they work, in Manfalut, Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Sweet shop where Mahrous Mahmoud works in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo, in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Sweet shop where Mahrous Mahmoud works in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo, in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud, speaks on his mobile on the balcony at his home in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud, speaks on his mobile on the balcony at his home in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in the province of Assiut, Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud poses with his family inside his home,in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud poses with his family inside his home,in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud looks at his phone as he walks down the stairs of the building where he lives, in Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud looks at his phone as he walks down the stairs of the building where he lives, in Egypt. (Image: AP)

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 Mahrous Mahmoud stands in front of the building where he lives with many families, in Manfalut, Egypt. (Image: AP)
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Mahrous Mahmoud stands in front of the building where he lives with many families, in Manfalut, Egypt. (Image: AP)

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