Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
16 - 22 September 1999
Issue No. 447
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Charlton time

A DELEGATION from the English Football Association, including Sir Bobby Charlton, is due to visit Egypt today to promote England's bid to host the World Cup in 2006. Sir Bobby will be accompanied by Alec McGivan, director of England's World Cup campaign.

During its two-day visit, the delegation plans to meet Mustafa Fahmy and other representatives of the Confederation Africaine de Football and the Egyptian Football Association, to whom England's bid will be formally presented. The delegates will also have the opportunity to meet leading Egyptian sports personalities at a reception hosted by the British Council and will take part in a question-and-answer session with local youths.

Tomorrow, Sir Bobby will take part in a match with mentally disabled Olympic athletes at the Misr Language School. Later in the day he will visit the SOS Orphanage.

Bobby Charlton is one of England's great sporting legends. He began his career with Manchester United in 1956 and went on to make 606 league appearances during which he scored 217 goals. He represented England 106 times, most famously as a member of the England team which won the world Cup in 1966. His record of 49 goals for England has never been beaten. In 1994, he was knighted by the Queen in recognition of his contribution to British sport.

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