Originally Posted by Kampfschwein
The hotel: Our players didn't deserve any better than that really.
As for the field; I didn't notice anything bad about it. The Egyptians seemed to play just fine on it. :thmbup:
BTW: To be a bit positive on the game (afterall you guys did play very well no need to be that modest): That number 10 what a player.
Allong with the number 7 and Barakak (or something like that) the best players on the field IMO.
We always treat visiting teams exceptionally well, and I'm sure that the Belgian national team players and staff stayed in a 5 star hotel and we do have many 5 star hotels in Egypt, and in Cairo specifically. Afterall, we're famous for tourism you know.
The pitch wasn't in tip top shape but it wasn't as bad as I read in the article that you posted. If the person that wrote this article thinks that this is a poor pitch that should be used for planting potatoes (lol I find this pretty funny tbh
), then he should take a look at playing surfaces in other parts of Africa.
That #10 is Emad Meteb
. He plays for my club, Al-Ahly.
He finished as the leading scorer in the youth African cup of nations back in 2003 when Egypt eventually won the Cup. He's also leading the scoring charts in the league this season even if it's his first season in the senior team ! :eekani: And he's already an international player and he scored our winner against South Korea as well. He's 20 years old and I'm sure that he has attracted some eyes there in Belgium with that amazing second goal.
He also socred a great goal against England's U-20 side back in the U-20 World Cup. A pretty talented lad.
#7 is our right back, Ahmed Fathy. He plays for Ismaily and he was invited to a trial back in the summer at Arsenal (yup, THAT Arsenal) but he didn't succeed there. He played a couple of matches when Arsenal were camping in Austria. He's 20 years old as well.