Egypt Prays Its Way To The Final
After a disappointing performance, an overlooked penalty kick for Senegal, and a near-punch raw between Mido and Coach Hassan Shehata, Egypt is through to the semi-final! Can you believe this??!
I love this game!
Anyways, as always I was in the stands armed with a camera, an Egyptian flag, and a worn-out voice.
4:00 PM 3 hours before the game, the stadium is in full tilt! Wow, those Egyptians are real football freaks!
6:45 PM Minutes before the game started; you can cut the tension in the stands with a knife!
More than half way into the first half, Egypt is awarded a penalty kick after a very stupid error from Senegal defender. You can see Ahmed Hassan burying it...
...but you can't see it hitting the net (it did...you have to take my word for it, I guess!)
7:55 PM From this angle Sphinx seems every bit as interested as his fellow Egyptians!
8:00 PM "Hello, my cute American friend. Thanks for the cheering, we'll repay you one day...uh, sorry...I forgot you suck in football--our football"...just kidding, seriously, thanks! Appreciated!
To the surprise of everybody in the stadium, Amr Zaki, Mido's sub, scores the second goal after a magnificent header. Despite my humble opinion about his footballing skills, I'll have to thank him for that. Touche!
Tam, tram, tam, tam Misr..Tam, tram, tam, tam Misr..
The Eagles of Saladin are flying all around me. (Inspired by my favorite football song, Football is coming home, it is more appropriate for eagles than crosses of St. George anyways!)
The fans celebrating afterwards. Or are they rushing to get next game's tickets?
That's all folks!
For next game I plan to do something different: I am planning a blow-by-blow account of the game as it unfolds, i.e. live!! I'm all geared up for blogging-on-the-move. But, I'll only do it if enough people are interested. The way I see it, the gratification I get from pretending to be a real journalist, should at least approach the excessive fees I'll have to pay for GPRS throughout the match.
So tell me what you think...