Egypt trying to boost nation’s football pride

For Egypt’s men’s national football team, the Olympic tournament won’t be only about trying to win the gold medal. It will be about trying to restore football pride despite political unrest back home and the killing of more than 70 fans in a stadium riot.

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 2:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:17 AM

The team is hoping a good performance at the London Games will help give Egyptians reason to celebrate again and show that the nation’s football is alive and well.

Coach Hany Ramzy said Tuesday the players want to “send a message to the world” and show that they still have pride of playing for the country despite all the problems back home.

Captain Mohamed Aboutrika said the setbacks have given him and his teammates extra motivation to do well at the Olympic tournament.



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