Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Seeing NDP personnel did really get me thinking, not just about the game but also about its aftermath. It may sound inconceivable but perhaps some deaths were spared due to their presence and that of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak. After the dreaded match of November 17th of 2009 in Sudan, criminal Algerians instigated an attack against Egyptian spectators despite having won and qualified to the world cup. The attacks were carried out by Algerians who did not seem to be concerned with the game at all and they targeted civilians with women and children along with many celebrities who had gone to watch the match.
I think our team did their best and it was pretty damn good too. Forget about the people who criticize Hassan Shehata, he’s got us so far and they wouldn’t be able to do half of what he’s done. There was a great deal of bad luck and I think that the players did what they could. Not to mention the extremely biased and cowardly referee Eddy Maillet who was either unable or too afraid to implement the basic rules of football of fouls and yellow cards. I would have to say Bravo to those players who gave it all they’ve got, who played under enormous pressure here in Egypt and there in Sudan. I won’t tolerate anyone being critical of them because I was there and saw the match, we were unlucky and we were butchered and the goal that was scored against us was lucky and unstoppable.
We lost, but it wasn’t fair and square. We lost and we got beaten and I don’t know yet if people have died, but I do know that a football game has turned into something brutal and that the Egyptians were gracious losers, we knew how to lose, something we’ve practiced well over the years. Perhaps so many factors saved lives, our loss was certainly one of the factors but so was the presence of Gamal and Alaa and NDP personnel who had their own security forces with them. I don’t know exactly what the role of these security forces was but they must have actually been used to protect some of our people at least.
The odd thing is that Gamal and Alaa decided to stay until others came to the airport, and while that may be propaganda, it’s still commendable and what’s more, Alaa’s phone call to Khaled El Ghandour was expressive of an Egyptian citizen. We can say what we want about Alaa and Gamal in other circumstances but in this case they really were stand up guys. I suppose we’re not in cheesy novels where evil is pure, even perceived villains have a good side to them.
As an Egyptian I’m not disappointed in our football team, I am content that no other players and no other coach could have gotten us this far with all that’s been happening around us. They have my applause and my gratitude for giving us a great day on the 14th of November of 2009. The late victory provided us with one of the greatest football moments of all time. I tell the players that they’ve done all they can, it was not meant for us to win nor for thousands of Egyptians to die.
There was much premeditation in these attacks, incited by horrible media from Algeria provoking every Egyptian and every Algerian. Egyptians were provoked, that’s their mistake but they had very good self restraint considering all that happened. They cheered and won, celebrating with a bit of silly non premeditated violence but they also lost and endured a lot of premeditated violence. Our security prevented vandalism of their embassy while our businesses in Algeria were ransacked. We have managed to act better though not perfectly, and I hope this doesn’t change. The last thing we want is to stoop to their level, the last thing we want is repaying this violence with a similar cowardly violence. I’m not inciting violence or hate, I’m trying to inspire justice.
Mercenaries were sent to fight us, and when the president’s son complains about them, I think it can be taken as less of an exaggeration than when a cab driver talks about it. The Algerian mercenary operation in Sudan is one that we will never forget. The NDP security might have saved lives for a change, and never has losing a match been that useful, for a life is worth a thousand wins. That’s why the Algerian victory is not worth anything, they will go to the world cup and they will terrorize other countries if they so choose. We don’t want the world cup if that’s what it takes to get there. We lost a lot despite our victories on many occasions but in this instance, I say we won a lot despite our defeat.