A week after deadly clashes at the end of an Egyptian league match between Ahl-Masry and Al-Ahli turned tragic when Al-Ahli fans were attacked and killed by Masry supporters, football’s world governing body FIFA has responded by donating over $250,000 to families of those affected by the violence.
Mr Blatter confirmed that the funds would be transferred to an account that had already been set up for Al Ahli fans who perished in the violence. This probably has to be among the worst tragedies in recent African football history after the death of 7 fans in Kenya during a league match.
“I’m still very shocked by what happened. Many of the victims were so young and they were also a crucial support for their families, who now need help.” Blatter said.
Speaking about African football, the semi finals of the AFCON begin tonight with crunch with equally interesting matches in both fixtures. Zambia and Ghana face each other in the late fixture while Ivory Coast and Mali lock horns in the early fixture.
Everyone is probably expecting an Ivory Coast-Ghana final, however, having watched Zambia’s sensational run, i believe that the Black Stars are in for a rude shock tonight.
Ghana have looked slow and to be honest, i think they will have a hard time against the pacy Zambians. Though, Ayew has impressed, i believe that the Zambians are more hungry for success and frankly speaking a Zambia v Ivory Coast final will be very entertaining.
So there are just two matches left until the curtains come down of Africa’s footballing showpiece. The tournament has not been as interesting as i would have liked, however, co-host Equatorial Guinea and Gabon gave a good account of themselves.
71 goals have been scored so far and very good statistic by all means noting that top nations like Cameroon, Nigeria and Egypt did not make to the finals. However, crowd numbers is something CAF will have to work at for the next edition of the tournament.
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