Sam Morsy agreed to represent Egypt's national football team in a friendly game in Cairo only to get asked to serve in the military upon his arrival.
British-Egyptian football player Sam Morsy, who plays in the English Football League Championship, was asked to represent Egypt's national football team in a friendly match with Togo at the end of March. After arriving in Cairo to join the team's training camp, the UK-born Egyptian midfielder received an official letter instructing him to submit his documents in order to serve in the Egyptian army, Youm7 reports.
Morsy was picked to join Egypt's national football team before AFCON's competition earlier this year, but couldn't obtain an Egyptian passport because of his military service status. "I've submitted all the papers and documents that prove I'm not required to serve in the Egyptian army. I'm currently waiting for the final exemption papers so I can represent Egypt."
Born and raised in the UK, Morsy's journey with football stardom took off in 2010 after being included in the senior squad of Port Vale, after which he won a UK Youth Player of the Year Award. He currently plays for EFL Championship club Wigan Athletic as midfielder.
The Egyptian military service is mandatory for all Egyptian males, between 18 and 30, who are fit to serve and meet a set of family conditions. Dual-nationals are lawfully obligated to submit their documents, but the unofficial policy is to exempt them if they have lived in a foreign country for a large portion of their lives.