Meet Ahmed, the inspiring volunteer who interviewed Sadio Mane

Mane with Gemi
Mane with Gemi

Volunteers are the backbone of every major tournament. And the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt is just another proof for that. But there are some stories worth telling.

Ahmed Gamal is one of the media volunteers in Cairo International Stadium. Despite losing his sight he never surrendered and was graduated from Media College in 2017. But he couldn’t find a chance to work in the field he loves, till he heard about volunteering in AFCON 2019.

And things just became better. Ahmed, who supports Liverpool since 2005, dreamt of interviewing The Reds Superstar Sadio Mane. When Senegal came to Cairo Stadium to face Uganda in the Round of 16, he hoped Mane could come to the pre-match press conference to meet him, but that never happened. Yet, he asked Coach Aliou Cisse who immediately agreed to take him to the Teranga Lions training session, where he made his dream come true.

“I was very happy to meet Sadio Mane. I’m a Liverpool fan since 2005 and I personally love Mane, same like (Mohamed) Salah. He is a very friendly and humble person. When I asked him for a short interview he welcomed and I was thrilled to meet him”.

“My first practical experience is volunteering in this AFCON, so to have Sadio Mane is my first ever interview is just awesome. I was very nervous when I met him. Time was short and I wanted to ask him more questions but I’m really satisfied to interview a superstar like him. I hope this is a good omen for my career”.

Volunteering in AFCON 2019 is a great experience.It’s just the start for my career. Ahmed Gamal, media volunteer

He later went on to have another interview with Nigeria’s and Arsenal star Alex Iwobi. It seems his dream is going to other level.

Ahmed owes a lot to the idea of volunteering in Africa’s football showpiece. “Volunteering in AFCON 2019 is a great experience. I met many other volunteers who did that before but that was my first experience in such stuff. I love football so once I heard the LOC are asking for volunteers I applied. Thank God I was accepted as a media volunteer in Cairo Stadium. This experience is amazing and will add to me as I’m dealing with people from all over the world and that was something I’m really happy with. It’s just the start for my career”, he concluded.