Egyptian cyclist pedals to Russia to support team at World Cup

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CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian cyclist has set off from the heart of downtown Cairo heading to Moscow to support Egypt’s national soccer team participating in the World Cup.

Twenty-four year old Mohammed Ibn Nufal embarked on the long-haul journey Friday and is planning to cross seven countries including Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.

“The languages are among the biggest challenges,” Ibn Nufal said. “I will deal with that using translation apps and sign language.”

He expects the trip to take 65 days covering a distance of some 4,350 miles.

Ibn Nufal had previously biked for 70 days to Gabon, passing through Chad, Sudan and Cameroon.

Egypt has qualified for this year’s World Cup for the first time since 1990.