It is no secret that this past year has been quite a fruitful 12 months for Egyptian women. Female power is spreading throughout the nation on a social and political level. Women athletes, in particular, have chalked up quite the high score in various sports. Whether it’s Farida Osman in swimming, Nour El Sherbini in squash, or Manal Rostom in mountain climbing, female athletes are gradually dominating the field.
It seems that the US Embassy in Cairo was not oblivious to this obvious progress in sports, based on the announcement on their official site a few days ago, targeted towards women football players and their coaches. To further develop coaches’ critical role of empowering the young women on and off the field, a coaching workshop was conducted from the 12th to the 16th of May.
As for the trainers of the workshop, we can confidently say that the selection was well-picked. The US Embassy gives us a brief synopsis on each of them on their website. Firstly, we have Linda Hamilton, who is a retired American soccer player and former member of the US Women’s national soccer team. She is currently the head coach of the women’s soccer team at Southwestern University in Texas. Secondly, Tiffany Marie Roberts is an American soccer coach, former defender, and Olympic gold medalist. She was also a member of the 1999 US national team that won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Finally, we have Jeffrey Alan Agoos, who is a retired American soccer player, and one of the all-time appearance leaders for the US Men’s national team. Agoos served as the Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls and is currently the Vice President of Competition for Major League Soccer (MLS).
Thomas Goldberger, Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires of the USA in Egypt since 2017, stated, “With the FIFA Women’s World Cup around the corner, we are delighted to bring these prominent American coaches to Cairo.” He continued, “Our partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports demonstrates a shared commitment to empowering women and girls through sports, and we look forward to more successful collaborations in the future.”
Apart from the valuable opportunity for American and Egyptian members to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experience in the world of football, the workshop’s participating teams played mini-matches during the week. It will end with a final tournament Today (May 16th) at the Gezira Youth Center to conclude an epic collaboration between the US Department of State’s Sports Envoys program and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.