Smoke like an Egyptian! World Cup shisha fails to stop Pharoahs' exit

Egyptians have been getting into the football mood by smoking shisha pipes which resemble the world cup trophy. On a visit to the entrepreneurial cafe in Cairo on June 19 — the day of Egypt crashed out of the tournament — the patron, staff and customers spoke about how their love for shisha and how their side's chances for glory went up in smoke. Tarek Saleh, a regular customer, said while the... Еще Pharoahs — the nickname for the Egyptian national football team — had disappointed at their first world cup in 28 years, the shisha had allowed him to get into the footballing spirit. «It is really nice to smoke a shisha in the spirit of the world cup. I see people coming here to take photographs,» said Saleh. Barman at the Syrian Smoking Store Abdu El-Rahman Sayed admitted that Egypt's exit had hurt business, but aficionados remain loyal «for the sake of memory». Indeed, the 'sporty' shisha has attracted worldwide demand, according to Yahia Ghalyoun, owner of the cafe and a shisha manufacturer. «The World Cup shisha has become famous and many people ask for it, we export it to many countries like Libya and Brazil,» he told interviewers. The shisha is a single-hosed hookah pipe shaped into a gold-coloured replica of the infamous world cup trophy. Perhaps it will make a return at Qatar 2022.

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