A Postcard from Egypt

by Dexy Longshot

Friday, February 15th, 2008


Roolll aahhhtt the Barraaawww!, well ave a barrah of fun, wheyy-hey!! No, i’m not talking about Dean Ashton coming on for the 2nd half, i’m talking about The final of The African Cup of Nations and how my boys The Pharaohs whipped everyone else into submission earning me some luscious lolly in the process…touch!!!

Yep, my boys from the Sahara did me proud and won a record-breaking 6th title to boot. The tournament has a whole was simply breathtaking and one of the best i’ve ever seen. (99 goals in 32 matches, nearly 3 a game) and plenty of them shots were the money. Top drawer drivers, fantastic free kicks, cracking curlers, awesome headers, this was really what the game was all about, end to end action, pity we don’t see it much over here lately. So what if most of the keepers were pony with the exception of the two finalists, it made for excellent viewing.

The final was to say the truth a dull affair compared to some of the games we had in this competition but it was miles better to watch than Chelsea V Pool on the other side, bore me later.

Egypt and Cameroon both went into the final with 14 goals a piece including Eto’s record breaking 5 (3 pens). Unfortunately, it was a bit of a stop start game with Cameroon decimated by injuries early doors. The Egyptians eventually wore the Lions down in the 2nd half when they brought on the superb Zidan who gave Rigobert a right run-around before teeing up the classy Aboutrakia (one of my players of the tournament) to poke in. That was it, The Lions heads went down and Eto’o and co were cream-crackered, half-hour later, The Pharaohs were holding aloft the cup.

The players who really impressed me were Muntari and Geremi, let’s hope we can see some of their blistering set pieces this season. Kalou had a good tournament for the Elephants, I still think the Drog wasn’t 100% match fit.

Zaki & Zidan for Egypt although the whole team were excellent and rightful winners. John Mensah before his red card, Rigobert Song marshalling the Lions back line; he was unfortunate at the end. Then Manoucho from Angola, his aerial ability and shooting are deadly and Man U will reap the reward when he comes back from Loan in Greece next season, he will be a star! Then of course, Eto’o. He broke the record and got his top goal scorer award, I think he could have got more though, 3 were pens, and he’ll wanna keep that quiet.

I’m surprised there was not more coverage in the press and on the box. This was excellent television and judging by the way the African countries are improving, it won’t be long until the likes of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Cameroon will be looking for top honours in the World Cup. If they can sort out there own infrastructure in the African leagues (which may take a bit of time), they certainly have the talent; they probably have to up the teamwork as a whole but I reckon they may do it in the next 20 years. I wonder where I can get a bet on that!

Dexy in Egypt

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