Like many Egyptians, I stopped watching any international or local sports event, especially when those events were accompanied by violent incidents that became a constant feature in Egypt.
‘Egyptians deserve to be happy’
We lost the game and our dreams have collided but, on the other hand, we won our reality.Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Some even went to the extent of paying for Egyptian fans to travel in special airplanes to Ghana. Others started recalling the ambiance of our famous match against the Algerian team in Sudan a few years ago. Ideas were put forward to motivate the fans to encourage the team. This required of course thinking about procedures to protect Egyptians there, but a reasonable voice was questioning “what if we lose the game there in light of the emotional constraints and a betting war linked to 22 pairs of shoes erupts?” This rational voice influenced the way to deal with the match at this level.