CAN 2010 semi-finals: Road to Benguela
Immediately after the victory of Egypt and its qualification to the semi-finals, fans of the Algerian national team started comments regarding the next meeting, as expected against the Pharaohs.
- Egypt, winner of Cameroon 3 1 after extra-time Monday, will meet again to Algeria in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), two months after the violent incidents that marked the qualifying matches for the World Cup-2010 between the two teams.
With two goals in quick succession at the start of overtime, Egypt struck Cameroon to afford a third semi-final in a row in the competition. The Indomitable Lions out of the 2010 edition, head down, undermined by their defensive deficiencies on which they will need to address in five months of World Cup-2010 in South Africa.
The “Greens” should beat the Pharaohs Thursday in Benguela if they want establish their supremacy. Egypt wants revenge after its defeat (1-0) in the support game for the World Cup-2010, last November 18 in Umm Omdurman in Sudan. The match, which had been preceded by incidents, on 12 November, a bus transporting Algerian team who came to play in Cairo had been attacked with stones, and three players were injured. The meeting two days later in Cairo had also been followed by violent incidents.
The only two Arab countries qualified in the semi-finals, each of the two will want to win, not only to reach the final, but especially for the particularity of the meeting.
Egypt will never beat us outside and we do not fear them
Yacine, aged 45 "Egypt would never beat us outside and we deserve more this cup because the Algerian team showed its strength despite the extraordinary mishap that occurred in the first round"
Cameroon and arbitration offered the qualification to Egypt.
Djouher secretary "We have seen the match Egypt-Cameroon, and have seen that Egypt did not have the level of Algeria, who qualified in overturning a team as great as the Côte d’Ivoire. Luck has smiled once more to Egypt after having played in a weak group. The second goal against Cameroon was a gift from the Cameroon defense while the third was a gift from the referee.
It is a matter of nif (Dignity)
For Elias, this is a matter of nif (dignity) and the meeting will be a special meeting, very involved as both teams will try to prove their supremacy, especially after what happened in Sudan. The Algerians never accept humiliation and insults, this why the “Greens” will do everything in their power to overcome the Pharaohs and silence the evil tongues of Egypt media, who continue to pour their venom on everything that is Algerian.
Aunt Tamani, 95, is a real fan of the Green, "We have men capable of winning," she says proudly, adding "God is with them because they are honest and capable men, they love their country and their people. God will guide them by the voice of victory, have no fear."
Ennahar / Zahida Tabet
Zidan: I did not wish to meet Algeria; it will be a real war
The Borussia Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan said he did not wish to meet Algeria in African Cup of Nations, currently taking place in Angola. Algeria and Egypt have qualified in the semi-finals, respectively, against Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
For Mohamed Zidan, the encounter between the two teams would look like a war, will be a matter of life or death. "From our side," he said, "we want to show the world that we deserve the qualification to the World Cup." He added "we do not feel any pressure, we are the champions of the continent and we want to realize the triplet and bring joy to the Egyptian fans.
Ennahar / special envoys in Angola / K. Chafik / Tarek