|Al-Ahram Weekly Online
2 - 8 August 2001
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Youth team back homeFlocks of officials and fans drowned Cairo International Airport this week, as Egypt's national youth team arrived home after a month long absence.
Congratulations were in order, as the team came home boasting an unprecedented victory for the nation in the Youth World Cup that took place in Argentina. Their strong performance and honed talent captured the admiration of the Latin American fans, and gave them the edge to clinch the bronze medal for the first time in the history of Egyptian football.
The team then left for Ottawa, Canada where they participated in the Francophone Games. And despite extreme exhaustion from the harrowing competition in South America, the team continued its winning streak in the northern part of America too; winning, again, the bronze medal.
At the airport, the fans yelled with joy as the team stepped out of the plane decorated with the bronze medals. The entourage continued, as the team headed first to their hotel, then to the hospital where team-mate Mohamed El-Yamani, top scorer in Argentina was being treated for injuries sustained in a car accident three weeks ago. El-Yamani flew to Belgium on Sunday for rehabilitation. Congratulations aside, high official decorations and prize money await the team and their technical staff.
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