History Beckons

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 13, 2018 16:26



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History Beckons

by Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (July 29th 2011)

Appointment with History

Egyptian football, like the country has endured a torrid few months. Despite three successive African titles, the Pharaohs, are on the brink of surrendering their title without even kicking a ball at the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year. Former President and ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak is attempting to cheat justice by refusing to eat.

His discredited government was one of the first to fall in the Arab Spring as ordinary Egyptians occupied Tahrir Square demanding change. Their courage was rewarded as first Mubarak and then his successors were forced into concessions to democratic values. The Egyptian revolution has yet to be completed.

Football has often provided an escape route from the woes of life. Mubarak and his cronies basked in the reflected glory of Hassan Shehata’s achievements, but not even formidable success on the pitch could save Mubarak.

A New Dynasty

Shehata’s success now seems a distant memory, but football has the chance to lift Egypt again. Ahmed el Shenawy won admiring glances during the African Under-20 Championship in South Africa earlier this year. Veteran keeper Tawfik el Hadary will have to be replaced sooner rather than later. El Shenawy has both the opportunity and stage to stake a claim and what better opposition to cement a reputation than against Brasil.

Nurtured by Egyptian legend Hossam Hassan, Zamalek’s 19 year-old attacking midfield maestro Mohamed Ibrahim, cannot wish for a better opportunity than this to prove his worth. Mohamed Salah is another to observe closely despite the relegation of his club Arab Contractors. They will look to establish a new dynasty in Egyptian football, starting tonight. Midfielder Rami Raofat plays for Danish club Nordsjæland. Fellow midfielders Hamada Said and Mohab Mourab and defender Yasin Allam also play in Europe. The rest of the squad have a shop window to announce their talent, but the events of Tahrir Square may play an even more important part in motivating them for the stiffest test they can face in their opening match – the mighty Brasil.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 13, 2018 16:26