Only two months after their explosive clash for a place at the World Cup, Egypt and Algeria face off once more in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. Defeat in Khartoum went down as a national tragedy for the Pharaohs, who will be keen to restate their supremacy in a tournament they have won a record six times. But the Desert Foxes have so far relished their role as outsiders and will be looking to upset their bitter rivals once more. Our Observers plead for the spirit of sport to prevail.
Our Observers Abdelkrim Mekfouldji and Salah Adel Anwar speak ahead of the crunch game between Algeria and Egypt.
Abdelkrim Mekfouldji is one of our Algerian Observers for the Africa Cup of Nations.
I don’t think there will be any trouble because the people are a lot more relaxed about this game and the stakes are lower. I hope the match will give both countries a chance to come together and build closer ties. After all, it’s only football. May the better team win!"
Hicham Ezzat lives in Cairo and supports the Pharaohs of Egypt.
I hope this semi-final will give us a chance to bury the hatchet. The media on both sides have sought to calm tempers, ditching the warmongering employed in the build-up to the World Cup qualifier. I hope the fans and the press will be able to prove before African countries and the outside world that we are brothers and that we are capable of putting on a great show."