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Battle of Omdurman: Egypt or Algeria, the Sudanese called to choose

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KHARTOUM - "Pharaohs" or "Fennec"? The Sudanese are expected to choose their sides in the context of Egypt-Algeria decisive match Wednesday for the qualification to the World cup-2010 which is one of the most important meetings to be held in the country in nearly 40 years.

  •    This historic meeting will be more scrutinized than the Saturday night match won by Egypt in Cairo (2-0) before 70,000 spectators, which has been marred by violence against the Algerian team and fans respectively before and after the match.

       At the end of Egypt-Algeria match, Emad Meteab has brought joy to tens of thousands of Sudanese addicted to football by scoring the second goal of the "Pharaohs", synonymous to the decisive match in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, on the Nile West Bank.

       But if the celebrations were upbeat in Egyptian cafes in Khartoum, the bet remain open on the allegiance of the Sudanese.

       "I hope that Algeria will win," said Ahmed, a supporter of the Sudanese club Al-Merreikh which stadium of some 40,000 seats will host the match on Wednesday.

       "I think the Sudanese are going to support Egypt because both countries have historical relations. Also, it was Egypt who requested that the match be played in Sudan", said Abdelmajid Abdelraziq, director of sports pages of the great Sudanese newspaper "al-rayy al-aam (public opinion).

       "Despite these reasons, there will be many supporters of Algeria", he added.
        
                              5 to 10,000 Algerian supporters
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       The Algerian supporters rushed to the offices of Air Algeria, which will allow 5,000 to 10,000 people, attend the meeting.

       Moreover, if Cairo is a traditional ally of Khartoum, relations between the two countries bordering the Nile do not flow from the source, the Sudanese who sometimes feel disrespected by Egyptian cousins.

       Egypt of Mohammed Ali Pasha had colonized Sudan in 1820 on behalf of the Ottoman Empire, marking the beginning of the period of "Turkiyya" which the "Mahdi", a famous Sudanese Muslim revolutionary ended in 1885.

       In Khartoum, "we will feel at home. Sudan is a friendly country; we will not be greeted with stones as in Cairo, declared to a public Algerian radio President of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF), Mohamed Raouraoua.

       "All is not lost: there is the rendezvous of Khartoum, a neutral ground, away from the insults and malicious acts, cheap shots and dirty tricks," stated the editor of the Algerian newspaper Liberte, in reference to the overflows in Cairo.

        
                                              Heat
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       But Gasim Khalid, of the sports newspaper al-Hilal of Sudan, expressed an opposite view.

       »fans will support the Egyptians who will play in Sudan as if they were in Cairo. There will be no difference," he predicts.

       Both teams will arrive Sunday in Khartoum, said a senior official of the Sudanese Federation of football. "The security teams will be as in any other international match," he said.

       Sudan, the largest African country, has never participated in a final phase of the World Cup. But the qualifying games for the World Cup are held regularly in Khartoum, and Sudan won at home the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 1970.

       Hostility, Wednesday, could ultimately come down to the weather; heat is still raging on the Sudanese capital.

        
    Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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Comments (33 posted):

ABDELAZIZ on 15 November, 2009 05:15:35
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I SUPPORT THE ALGERIAN NATIONAL TEAM > AND WE WILL WIN IN SUDAN BECAUSE THERE ARE NO STONES TO THROW AT THE ALGERIAN TEAM
THE EGEPTIANS PLAYED TRICKES AND 3 ALGERIAN PLAYERS ALMOST GOT KILLED IN EGYPT (KHALED,HELLICHE AND SAIFI).
ANOTHER REASON WE WILL WIN IS THE SUDANESE WILL SUPPORT ALGERIA BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LIKE EGYPTIANS
Mohanad on 15 November, 2009 05:53:39
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The Algerians are our friends, however Egypt are our neighbours that's why we will be supporting them.
Ibrahim on 15 November, 2009 06:18:38
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Egypt will win for sure inshaallah, simply because we are way better than the Algerian team, even if all Sudan supporteed Algeria, We will beat them.
Egyptianoooo on 15 November, 2009 06:22:59
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123


they think that sudan is their "tunis" or "morocco"..Sudan is our second home

Steven on 15 November, 2009 07:35:16
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I support the Egyptian side. The Algerian media, fans, and team overplayed any incident that happened to win public opinion and have something to lean on if they lost. Cheap. I didn't hear the Egyptian side crying when the Algerian hotel they stayed at fed them spoiled food, gave them food poisoning, and partied outside their hotel room all night before their first meeting (oh, and spread rumors that they Egyptian team was partying with prostitutes all night).

GO EGYPT!!!!!



Iman on 15 November, 2009 09:06:32
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EGYPT WILL WIN!!!!!!!!!! We beat Algeria yesterday!!!!




tamershw2y on 16 November, 2009 04:00:56
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we suport egypt which better
moulhajban on 16 November, 2009 05:57:57
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Algeria is the enemy f Morocco and Morocco will cheer for Egypt the leader of the Arab world. Algeria is the traitor of the Arab world supporting the polisario to kill Moroccans.
You are a cowad for not posting my comments.
Vive l'egypte a bas l'algerie



this is the answer of Khalid from Morocco:

morocco and algeria:
one country,
one love,
one language,
one music,
one religion,
one tradition,
one faith
& one heart

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RAJEL on 16 November, 2009 06:41:22
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INCHALLAH YA KHOYA. BI IDNI'ALLAH
Ahmed B. on 16 November, 2009 12:21:20
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At last the game will be held on neutral ground. As a Sudanese, I have a gut feeling that Algeria will win. What the egyptian supporters did, and furthermore to top it off with the total lies from the egyptian authorities that nothing did happen the the Algerian national team is total cowardness. It is savagery, it is barbarism. having egypt as a neighbor, is like sleeping with your enemy (be ready for an attack while he is trying to gain your trust). We people of Sudan support Algeria 100%. I can guarantee that they will be received as hosts. Sudan is a civilized nation, not like egypt. Land of the pharaohs. However, the remains of the pharaohs are at the museums, they are antiquities. GO SUDAN, GO ALGERIA. You are very welcomed in my country Sudan.
Yacine on 16 November, 2009 04:39:37
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I am simply gobsmacked on how these two so called Arab brothers countries behave when dealing with each other!!!. I only thank god that they do not share borders!! who knows what would happen then?!. I want to say something here to both nations, please let us not make the world express more amusement at us. Enough that we are perceived as nations of terrorists enough that the list of synonyms for Muslim and Arab is a long one and hardly contains words that reflects goodness or friendliness in the mind of other nations on this planet.

I understand that both Algerians and Egyptians would like to see their respective team win, and I understand the tension the supporters go through during a game. But this is a football game, all emotions should be expressed and kept within the stadium and during the game.
It was nice to see European teams entering stadiums last Saturday holding hands!! and all the supporters having fun. Why them and not us ?? is that hard ? are we really brothers or are those just the words used by politicians ?

In terms of the incidents that we have seen in Cairo, I believe the best way to summarize this is by quoting what Salah Aougrout, a well known Algerian comedian, who went to Egypt for the game said Quote “…. This Egypt and with all my respect to all the Ullama, and to my true brothers in Cairo, this country (Egypt) is the first time I have been to and it the last time I see it in my life, I would hope not to even see this place in my dreams”. unquote

It is clear that if my brother comes to visit me at my home and I treat him the same way the Algerians team and supporters were treated, and then he goes back and says this, I would be certain not only that he does not consider me a brother anymore but most importantly I would have nothing to be proud of. By behaving like this I just proved to myself that I am not any better. In fact I might be worst.

I would want to see a true football game on Wednesday the 18th and I have every confidence in the Sudanese people to organize and create a great friendly atmosphere for all. As for me I will of course support my team and wish them all the best. Allez les fennecs! You are the strongest side, you deserve the win and remember that Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can.
abdelkader on 16 November, 2009 06:55:51
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ha ha ha the algerian whene they take the bus it's writing honest no no no personality for egyption at all algerian football team they are kids the best player thene you thank god evrey one in the world he now how egyption how they like behand civilisation 250 years the good think north african never are arabic country incloded marroc libya sudanmali muritania all this country against egypt the worst pupol on the earth
annie on 16 November, 2009 10:09:59
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This is really an unislamic way of behaving. That’s why we are so behind.


There is no need to insult or bash one another...You’re only hurting yourselves and creating hatred. No need to insult or burn flags… and will be accountable in front of God of all bad actions you are doing.

Ask yourselves what are you gaining from all this???

The only thing you’re getting from this is being laughed from other countries around the world. Seeing how uncivilized you are

It’s normal that Egyptians want Egypt to win and Alergrians want Algeria to win.
Both have amazing teams regardless who wins.

For me I just want a Muslim country to represent in the world cup

I’m just sad to see how Muslims react this way when our deen doesn’t teach us to treat one another like this.

I don’t blame some civilians in Egypt to react this way, because of the non stop insults and burning the Egyptian from Algerian civilians. (It’s as if they burnt the whole Egyptian ummah.) So it’s normal that the Algerian team would not be greeted in Egypt very well.



You started talking about Islam, but you put the blame on the Algerians as if they were guilty. Sorry, this is HYPOCRISY, Shame on you all!
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Osama on 16 November, 2009 10:30:49
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Algerian Fans attack egyptian players in sudan, in a small suzuki car..
Jasmin Abdel-Raouf on 17 November, 2009 12:19:02
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I agree and respect Yacines opinions in the matter.
I would love for my country Egypt to win the game. But if Algeria wins we should be happy too. I hope that all those who are causing troubles in the both countries are simple hulliganes that destroys like hulliganes in Europe where i live, and that the true Egyptians and true Algerians don't have that much blackness in their heart like we have seen on the internet, media the last couple of weeks.

Go Egypt and go the whole Arabic world. May the best man win on Wednesday. Not the one who behaves most bad.
Moroccan to the bone on 17 November, 2009 01:52:42
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to moulhajban

As a moroccan, I strongly support our Algerian brothers. You keep your politics for yourself. The Egyptian, with their big mouths, don't deserve to go the World Cup and they won't inshallah.

PS. I'm sure an egyptian will try to trash morocco after my comment. My answer to you is: We've been beating you since 1991. So, Shut up
Mostafa on 17 November, 2009 03:54:43
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I guess Egypt won by a goal by emad metaib in the minute 95...

and i guess for you own us, an apology for such irresponsible actions by your media about killing people in cairo,
and after you embassedor official press conference ... and for all that claims you say that there's a beaten and so on...most of our players who came to algeria teams...beaten more ...
beside, i guess if , and i say if, beaten as you claims, then i guess the existance of 500,000 studients in Egypt is a more big reply for what you try to say ...
and i must warn here, the consquences, think about your family others on both sides ...

i have a friend of mine here an algerian who works with me in cairo, i was the first one to call him after the game and make sure he's alright ...
i even took him with me in the celebration personally and he waved with algeria flag inside the Egyptian crowaded .... but he surprised me, personally, call for both teams both countries ... and some of the Egyptians responded and it was OK! no outrage or something...

please,
think again

MO
ahmed on 17 November, 2009 04:33:16
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Ya Sudanyeen e7na el masryeeen el ganboko 3la defaf el nile 3shan 5atry 5aly balko mn el masryeeen
Khalid on 17 November, 2009 06:02:39
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Let us recognize that this is a football match. Let us recognize that there is one God that we all pray to. Let us recognize that we speak the same language and live in the same continent. MOST IMPORTANTLY Let us recognize that these incidents whether it be by Egyptians stoning our guests of honor or Algerians blinding our doctors with broken bottles, these are isolated events by much less than the majority of Egypt(85 Million) or Algeria(35 Million).

The issue is that THE MEDIA in both countries points out these stories, which in return causes the both countries people to erupt in anger.As an Egyptian, I watched the game with my Algerian, Palestinian, Sudanese, Syrian, Eritrean, Tunisian, Moroccan, Lebanese, South African, Libyan, Iraqi, Irani brothers. WALLAHI THEY WERE ALL THERE! WE WALLAHI ANA WE HABIBI EL GAZA2RY MOAATH NEFSINA BAS NESHOOF BALAD ARABIYA TERFA3 RASNA FE KAS EL 3ALIM!! TABA3N WE WANT OUR COUNTRIES TO WIN, BAS MESH MA3NAHA EN NE WATY MEN A5KHLA2NA!! YA GAMA3A FOOO22OOO!! RABENA YEHDEENA GAMEE3AN WEY WAFA2 EL FER2ETEIN YOM EL ARBA3 INSHALLAH!!
Neutral on 17 November, 2009 01:45:13
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Seriously both teams and fans should be ashamed of themselves! I wish both of you would fight for the dying children in Palestine instead of fighting over a title , which at the end of the day, is just a title!!
You people make me sick! It's a game for God's sake!
And i seriously wish BOTH teams would be disqualified coz both dont deserve to carry this title . You are giving the Arabs a bad image, and proving to the west that we ARE terrorist and would KILL for a stupid BALL!!

WAKE UP people!! and go do something useful for ONCE!!
amr on 17 November, 2009 04:09:35
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egypt will win IN SUDAN
GOOD LUCK ALGERIAN
Ali Mehdi on 17 November, 2009 07:05:10
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Algerians are our friends, but for sure we will support Egypt. If the algerian team was attacked in cairo, that's because they have a history of attacking the Egyptians in Algeria too.
Hope you win Egypt, all the support from Khartoum
TIBOU on 17 November, 2009 07:18:28
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I AM TERRIBLY ASHAMED FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN CAIRO ON THE 14 TH OF NOVEMBER FROM THE EGYPTIAN FANS AND AUTHORITIES. THE COWARDICE OF THROWING STONES AT THE ALGERIAN TEAM IN ORDER TO INJURE THE BEST PLAYERS, TO INTIMIDATE THEM, TO HUMILIATE THEM. ARE YOU, EGYPTIANS SO SCARED OF ALGERIANS THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GOING TO WIN BY DISTROYING THE BEST PLAYERS AND BY MAKING THEM LOOSE THEIR CONFIDENCE ?
WELL, YOU ARE WRONG, ALGERIANS ALWAYS FIND A GREATER CONFIDENCE IN ADVERSITY AND SURELY BY HAVING ALL THEIR PEOPLE BEHIND THEM IN ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE. cOME ON ALGERIA, YOU ARE THE BEST TEAM AND WE LOVE YOU. YES WE CAN !!!AND WILL !!!VIVE L'ALGERIE !!!
hello coucou on 17 November, 2009 11:21:43
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Anyway...whoever wins....the other country will suppport in june 2010...because they're brothers.
Alger4life on 18 November, 2009 02:47:13
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Damned the FIFA.. its not fair the game is played in sudan. we want it in our tunisian brothers!!! But we will win anyway as egyptians are scared form what happened to them here in algeria.. 1 2 3 VIVA L'algerie
Noor on 18 November, 2009 06:08:13
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well u should see the streets here in sudan,, in every 20 people 19 of them are supporting algeria and only 1 supporting egypt, which is very shocking i should say!
tommy on 18 November, 2009 05:36:35
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i was called as the peace lover since my childwood ... and i felt ery hapy when egypt played in algeria , there where well hosted , and well treated ... after that my impression has been totaly changed , when the professional football team was hit by stones in cairo ... guess if we played with yahood our real enemy they won,t do what egypt in cairo .. what the shame ..
Apollo on 18 November, 2009 09:37:54
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Egypt may win the game owing from its past football history at an international arena.Which ever wins,we shall support it.
Matthew on 18 November, 2009 10:37:25
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Algeria Won But i must say it should of been Egypt Because Algeria Simply Isnt Better Than Egypt!
Egyptian 4 ever on 19 November, 2009 06:27:40
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Alegeria is the most savage coutnry i have seen. Even you guys won after the match u sent convicts to kill or hurt (mostly) kill all the egyptian fans that were in sudan.
who's it it u (algerian)
on 20 November, 2009 01:26:18
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Salam,
Allowed me to mention some of the Egyptian barbaric act against Algerian team and fans, women, man and children

1. Did you know that Egyptian fans attacked Algerian players in Egypt and injured 3 players and goalkeeper’s trainer?
2. Did you know that Egyptian fans attacked Algerian fans in Egypt and injured 32 according to Algeria media (Egyptian media says 13)?
3. Did you know Egyptian Police women took tow Algerian women (one pregnant) to a room and asked them to take there cloths off to search them and after the Algerian women took there cloths off the Egyptian police open the door of the room for her police man to see them naked?
4. Did you know that one Algerian pregnant women lost her baby in her stomach?
5. Did you know that Egyptian police beat up Algerian women and man in airport? and in the street
6. Did you know we had up to 5 Algerian deaths in Egypt?
7. Did you know Egyptian fan attacked our women and took off there HIJAB?
8. Did you know that Egyptian fans attacked our children and elderly in Egypt?

We did not start attacking you. We welcomed you with flowers and you welcomed us with stones

We Algerian helped you in your war in 1967 and 1973. We sent our man to fight with you.
In 1973 our president Boumediene stated to Egypt: “Our Army Is Under Your Orders”

Do you still want me to apologize first?


Salam
masraweya gamda on 21 November, 2009 07:52:35
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ok guys i think that egypt should've won cause the way algeria treated our players




but don't u realize that all of this happened cause of football !!!!!!!!!!
nabil bennai zeghar on 06 January, 2010 10:40:26
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MAN ALL U EGYPTIAN SUDAN SUPPORTED US TUNISIANS ALSO AND EVEN THOUGH WE ARE IN CONFLICT WITH MOROCCO WE ARE BROTHERS AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THEY SUPPORTED US NIGERIA ALSO
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