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Thursday, February 07, 2008


Egypt Beats Ivory Coast in Semis; Abutreika World's Most Popular Player

Egypt beat the Ivory Coast, 1-4 in the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal; they'll be defending their title against Cameroon, whom they beat previously in the tournament, in the final in Ghana on Sunday.

And their "smiling assassin" Mohamed Abutreika, who was yellow-carded for lifting up his jersey in an earlier game to reveal a tee expressing "sympathy with Gaza," will be feted in Egypt for winning the "World's Most Popular" award.

According to AhlyNews.com "Abutreika won this award presented by the IFFHS last Monday after receiving more than a million votes from a total of two million votes."

According to Ahly coach Hossan Elbadry, “Abutreika deserves this award, it is enough how much love all Arab people have towards him and how much backup he received after showing his message for sympathy towards Gaza.”

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