An Egyptian-Gulf consortium acquires 89% of Domty's shares    Orascom details how deceased billionaire Onsi Sawiris' legacy was divided    First Arab social media platform Baaz Launches in Egypt    Egypt, Poland hold bilateral consultations in Warsaw    Egypt's Al-Sisi, Qatar's Emir Tamim sign 3 MoUs    Mark Zuckerberg introduces Community Chats for Messenger and Facebook    Queen Elizabeth's death and the anger on #IrishTwitter, #BlackTwitter and #BrownTwitter    Health Minister, EU representatives discuss cooperation in medical sector    GEM wins award for best project in field of green building    GEM wins award for best project in field of green building    Banque Misr, CIB sign EGP 6.35 bln syndicated loan with Benya Group    Egypt signs 7 new MoUs for green hydrogen projects    Egypt's gold reserves hike to $7,078bn in November – c.bank    16 Arab films participate in Venice Film Festival, including six in official competition    Miss Namibia: Country seeks women empowerment, tourism promotion through int'l beauty pageants    Irrigation Minister stresses importance of scientific research in water sector    Irrigation Minister stresses importance of scientific research in water sector    EAC, DRC sign agreement for deployment of joint regional force    MV Logos Hope floating library to arrive in Egypt in January 2023    Self-care matters – 36% of professional gamers in MENA, Turkiye, Africa worry about mental health condition    Amazon unveils blueprint to boost workplace inclusivity for people with disabilities in Egypt    Dior showcases 2023 fall men's collection at Egypt's pyramids    Egypt holds its first championship in American dominoes    Egypt holds its first championship in American dominoes    Byline: Pressing save on the metaverse – the future of tangible experiences    Brazil-Argentina replay called off    US aquarium saves 150 sea turtles from cold    Tech giant Apple 'expresses interest' in acquiring Manchester United – report    Egypt operates solar-powered cars at 2 archaeological sites in Luxor    Egypt launches 200 Years of Continuing Science tourism campaign    QNB Group names TikToker Khaby Lame official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 brand ambassador    Three possible scenarios as Egypt's central bank governor resigns – MP    Adele is living a love story, wants to be a homemaker    In Photos: Egypt swears in 13 new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle in extraordinary session    Spain: prosecutor seeks 8 years sentence for Shakira over tax evasion    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Too bad
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 13 - 10 - 2011

After everything was ready, the Egyptian Football Association suddenly decided it cannot host the 2012 Olympics football qualifying tournament, Inas Mazhar reports
The tournament was scheduled to take place from 26 November to 10 December in Cairo. According to the EFA media director Azmi Megahed, the EFA decided to officially apologise to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and pull out from hosting the tournament because the timing will coincide with the Egyptian parliamentary elections also next month. The fear is that following the January revolution, the country is still lacking in stability.
Megahed said that Algeria would probably replace Egypt as the host nation.
Egypt will now be playing away and will be deprived of the home field advantage. Egypt's last Olympic football appearance was in Barcelona 1992.
Megahed added that the Olympic U-23 team will continue its preparations in Cairo and is planning two friendly matches to warm up for the competition.
The EFA secretary-general confirmed to Al-Ahram Weekly the Egyptian withdrawal from the event. He added that the Egypt versus Brazil friendly will take place as scheduled in Qatar.
The draw for the first ever African U-23 championship, which will also serve as a qualifier for London 2012, was conducted at CAF headquarters in Cairo in September. Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon and South Africa were drawn in Group A while Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria and Senegal make up Group B.
Group A matches were to be held at the Military Stadium while Group B games were to take place at the Arab Contractors Stadium. The final and third and fourth place matches were to take place on 10 December at Cairo International Stadium.
The top three teams will qualify for the London 2012 Olympics while the fourth placed side will engage a team from Asia in a play- off.
CAF had decided then to turn the final phase of the Olympic qualifiers into an African U-23 championship. This means that the tournament will be held every four years and will fall in the year before the Olympics.
This past weekend saw the end of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications come to an end with all 16 teams identified:
Gabon and Equatorial Guinea (co-hosts), Niger, Angola, Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Libya and Sudan.
Libya and Sudan secured the two places at the 2012 ACN reserved for the best runners- up from qualifying groups containing three or four teams.
Though Egypt registered its only victory in the qualifications by beating Niger 3-0 in their last African qualifier, the Egyptians, the defending champions, will not be making an appearance at the ACN. South Africa also failed in showing up at the 2012 finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
It was an impressive 3-0 victory by the young Pharaohs who played the last two games in the qualifications replacing the seniors when it became apparent Egypt would miss the boat to Africa. Interestingly, the seniors lost to lowly Niger 1-0 in their away match but their youngsters avenged in Cairo.


Clic here to read the story from its source.