It could get ugly when the Egyptian and Tunisian football teams battle Sunday for a spot in the Sidney 2000 Olympics.
A win in Tunisia means Egypt players can book their plan tickets to Australia this summer. Al Ahram daily reports that the Egyptian squad gathered yesterday for a brief training session in Cairo before this vital game. The team's technical managers, however, were concerned that some of their key players missed this session. Hani Saeed, for examples, who plays in Switzerland is still waiting for his club's approval to join his mates in Cairo. Muhammad Abu al Ala, Zamalek star, left with his club to a tour in Dubai. His participation in the match on Sunday is doubtful.
In fact, the issues of the national football players are creating a storm in the Egyptian football league as many feel the players have too many responsibilities. Besides the regular league, for example, some Egyptian clubs are involved in the African club championships. The upcoming game in Tunisia puts more pressure on these players.
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