Soccer fans in Egypt are reportedly bitter after the Zimbabwe national football team, the Warriors, exited the Africa Cup of Nations after finishing bottom of Group A.
The Warriors were a second team to some Egyptian fans especially given their valiant display in the opening match of the tournament in which they narrowly lost to the hosts 1-0.
Ahmed Hassan, an Egyptian taxi driver, spoke to The Herald about the locals’ sadness following the Warriors’ departure. He said:
It’s a shame, really, I didn’t watch the game because I was following what was happening in the Egypt game.
I had this feeling that the Zimbabwe team would qualify, they gave a strong performance against us and they should have won against Uganda.
Here, the supporters love an underdog and, before the game against Zimbabwe, we were so sure we would win three, four or five goals but we were surprised that it was a tough one.
That won Zimbabwe some respect and it’s bad they are going home and that was a big defeat, no one expected that.
The Warriors were also popular as local football giants, Al Ahly and Zamalek are reportedly keen on signing talisman Khama Billiat.
More: The Herald
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