Bendary opened the “Je Suis” academy nearly three years ago in Alexandria.
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Mina Bendary dreamed of becoming a professional footballer in Egypt, but found his Coptic Christian name was an insurmountable barrier in the Muslim-majority country.Egyptian professional clubs and the national team are currently void of Coptic players.Hany Ramzy is one Coptic player who did represent his country – he was captain of the national side in the late '90s before playing abroad. Copts make up around 10 percent of Egypt's population of 96 million and have long complained of discrimination in the workplace, education system and state institutions.The Egyptian Football Association denies such prejudice extends to the sport. For the North Cairo Electricity youth team, including talented Christian players has led to on-pitch success in the Egyptian capital.
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