10 February, 2008

A well deserved win for The Pharaohs

Last evenining, with a little help from a mistake by the Cameroonian captain -- Rigobert Song -- defending champion Egypt defeated Cameroon 1-0 and won the trophy of the Africa Nations Cup for the sixth time! A record of the continental tournament. The Egyptians, as always, were: controlled, organised and continuously kept attacking. And they won despite being unfancied to win in Ghana.

What is most admirable and applaudable of the Egyptians, is that -- unlike all major soccer teams in Africa and the Arab world who depend on expensive, foreign coaches -- Egypt has one of their own as the coach: the shrewd Hassan Shehata. Shehata has succeeded in winning the African Nations Cup after failing three times as a player for his country. Congratulations to Shehata and to Egypt! Hopefully Egypt will take their dominance and keep their momentum into the build up towards the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Hopefully, a team from Africa will win the cup -- then.