Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Anything Israelish pointed in the direction of Egypt is likely to be identified quickly; and so it was.
Last Sunday in the African Champions League, Malian outfit Stade Malien de Bamako beat Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly 1-0 thanks to a late Limane Diawara header.
The goal aside, one image in the crowd caught Egyptian TV audiences about as much as the final result.
As the home fans celebrated their impending victory in the final minutes of the contest, a large Israeli flag was spotted being waved around by – what we assume to be – a random Bamako supporter.
The image of an African waving around an Israeli flag, though, is nothing new. Back at the 2006 World Cup, after Ghana’s Sulley Muntari scored the Black Stars’ second to defeat the Czech Republic, defender John Pantsil dominated the TV screen by excitedly waving the Israeli flag alongside his rejoicing teammates.
Pantsil’s celebration was roundly chastised in Egypt at the time, with the independent daily Al-Masry al-Yom then reacting with the headline, ”Egyptians supported the Ghanaian team all the way until the 82nd minute, and regretted it after the Israeli flag (waving).”
Going off that precedent, we guess that this latest flag episode probably didn’t go down well in Egypt this time either.