Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It Is Just A Football Match And We Should Keep It This Way

The Egyptian national football team is going to play with Algeria next Thursday insh Allah in Angola in its quest to keep the African cup of nations for the third time. You can’t imagine how there is a lot of worry and anxiety in Cairo , I do not know about Algiers. People as far as I see want to have a civilized game yet they want this game to happen wishing that we win the game insh Allah to restore back our dignity from their point of view.

Honestly I do not fear from the attack but rather I fear from the game itself and I think we should not be so worried from its implications because they will not be worse than last time.  I do not know if the Algerian football team players will shake hands with the Egyptian football team players , I do not have doubt that ours will shake their hands but Algerian players expressed in the media very negative views about Egypt and Egyptian players except Abu Tarika who is not playing now.

It is just a football match and it is a natural thing to play with Algeria , in fact we should play and reconcile with them again. We should keep it as a football game and our regime should be proactive for once to save its dignity in front of the world and not to lose it in front of the Algerian regime.

Our media and the Algerian media should act in more responsible way this time.

Already we will not send many fans like last time because Angola is faraway and its flight tickets are expensive , I do not know about Algeria. I think it is better to play without audience.

May be Angola and FIFA will take more precautions this time after what happened with Togo.

We should pray to play and win a fair interesting game to prove that we deserve to keep the cup once again ins Allah.


  1. Sudanese Observer1/28/2010 02:09:00 PM

    If you won't send players to the match because of the costs involved, the Algerians have, and will because they can afford it and are free to do so.
    I agree with the spirit of your post that the media of both countries should act responsibly.
    I wonder what Amr Adib will say?
    Will you continue quoting him?
    Sudanese groups are still awaiting an apology from him, and he refuses to take the calls of Sudanese journalists.

  2. Well to day we know what the outcome was and Sudan could learn a good lesson from Angola on how to organize security around such a high charged match.

    To expect an apology after being such a failure in Omdurman is just ridiculous!

  3. Sudanese Observer1/29/2010 08:35:00 PM

    So if Egypt loses the final against Ghana the causal link will be established between performance and Angolan security? Utterly laughable. I can't wait until we have a fully elected parliament in Khartoum in May. With comments like yours and blind defensiveness in apologizing for unjustifiable slander you are losing what little goodwill you have amongst the only Nile Basin State that tolerates Egypt.

  4. Mr. Sudanese Observer, I was in Omdurman and luckily had some Sudanese friends who provided a save place to hide from the Algerian mob.
    Besides I don't pretend that Egypt played well on that day - but Sudan should not pretend that it was up to the task protecting the unarmed innocent fans who had come as guests to their country.
    As for your elections and your President who can't travel abroad without risking immediate arrest - I better don't comment as you might feel tempted to cut off my water :)

  5. Sudanese Observer1/30/2010 02:07:00 AM

    Mr. Anonymous:

    What do you have to say about the following statements by your Ambassador in Khartoum regarding the security situation following the Omdurman match?

    The Egyptian Embassy Doctor called in to Amr Adib's program and stated in the aftermath of the football match, that he and his team toured the capital and found 'not even one serious injury, only scratches'.
    The reason why some buses carrying Egyptian supporters were intercepted by Algerian pedestrians was the insistence by some Egyptian celebrities to not follow the security route outlined by the Sudanese security forces, and they did this to get some fast food.

    Muhammad Fuad who caused the biggest ruckus was found by Sudanese security forces smoking sheesha in a Lebanese restaurant in Khartoum...

    The following video speaks for itself and your weak evidentiary basis:

    Your comment regarding our current President precisely demonstrates our different perspectives on politics and Statehood.

    Our current President was not elected in multi-party elections.
    Our President is not a President for life, unlike yours.
    The fact that he has been indicted by the ICC does not upset me as he is a Head of State with 'defined' terms, subject to a popular ballot. There are many men and women who are more than capable of taking his place.
    The whole point about the coming general elections is that they will bestow a sense of legitimacy on the next President and the next parliament.

    We have had 3 multi-party democratic experiences since 1959 - unlike you.
    In our elections, unlike in yours, there are no guaranteed winners.
    The next President will be properly elected and accountable to a fully elected parliament...

    Your country supports our indicted President to safeguard it's water interests - if only it knew what little goodwill it garnered amongst the Sudanese electorate and political class...

    Ultimately we will use up our share of the Nile's water and more - we didn't sign up to the 1959 Agreement under a democratic administration, and by that time, unless you take a long introspective look at yourselves and substantively engage us on a civilised and equitable footing, you will have no friends whatsoever.

  6. I did not see this 'doctor' and frankly think it is a ruse. Sudanese authorities allowed military planes to carry thousands of thugs without visa or even passport control to enter (I watched them arrive, they crossed the tarmac and rushed into the city).

    Say what you like about our leader. He did/does a great job and we do not have an ongoing genocide in our country. So don't point at us pretending that you were superior.

    Your self-righteous attitude leaves you without friends and as for thugs and their buddies we don't want/don't need their friendship.

  7. We were never your friends nor will we ever will be.
    Political relations are built on common interests.
    You define us as a 'downstream' riparian on the Nile when we are 'midstream'.
    You have 'no friends' on the Nile Basin.
    You live on 2% of the territory of your country which is mostly desert and have large demographic growth.
    You are the last to talk about self-righteousness as you have not managed to stem the racist portrayal of the Sudanese and black Africans for over half a Century.
    You probably even excuse the massacre of defenceless refugees in Mustafa Mahmoud square some years ago.
    Good luck finding alternative water resources.


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