Egyptian arrested for taking the place of a football player in the exam.© Instagram
A young Egyptian man scored an own goal pretending to pass a university exam for professional footballer Mostafa Mohamed, who currently plays for the Pharaohs in the Africa Cup of Nations, state media said. The impostor was arrested. Mohamed, 24, is in Cameroon with the Egyptian national team that has made it to the last 16 leg of the African league as the national exams take place at home this week.
Mohamed, an attacker from the Turkish Galatasaray, is registered at the institute in Cairo. But a campus official noticed that Mohamed was not the one taking the exam and filed a court complaint.
State media quoted the impersonator, whose true identity has yet to be revealed, as saying he was merely “helping a friend” and “had already taken three exams instead of Mostafa Mohamed”.
Many on social media in football-crazed Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, poked fun at the incident.
One Twitter user called it “the dumbest crime in the 20th and 21st centuries” and said: “The 100 million Egyptians who follow football across the continent know that Mostafa Mohamed is in Cameroon.”
It was unclear whether the footballer had asked the other man to take his place, and what the penalty would be.
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