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Current issue | Issue 1400, (5 - 11 July 2018)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1400, (5 - 11 July 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Hand in hand

30 June Revolution

Various issues engaged the people and the press this week, including the Egyptian role in Africa, the 20 June anniversary and the World Cup.

The editorial of the daily Al-Ahram said that it was clear that Egypt had exerted every effort throughout the last four years to increase its affiliation to the African continent and focus on African issues.

Thus, the edit said, while we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 30 June Revolution, we remember the efforts that Egypt exerted ever since its membership was frozen immediately after the revolution until the return of its strong role in African institutions including its chairmanship of the African Peace and Security Council.

We also remember, the edit added, the countries that President Al-Sisi visited, hosting various African leaders in Egypt and hosting important African conferences including the conference of the three largest economic blocs - COMESA, EAC and SADC - in Sharm El-Sheikh.

“Egypt realises that the challenges it is facing in Africa are more than at anytime before, namely tackling corruption and black terrorism,” the editorial said.

Suleiman Shafik wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei that we celebrate these days the fifth anniversary of the 30 June Revolution while the people are facing major challenges. He noted that all Egyptians – Muslims and Christians – participated in the revolution, the sixth in Egypt’s modern history.

“Six revolutions – 1882, 1923, 1958, 1971, 2011 and 2014 – followed by six constitutions during which Copts and Muslims stood hand in hand,” Shafik wrote.

The writer said that given that the fate of all Egyptians is linked to the future of the country, Egyptians are required at present to stand side by side in the face of terrorism. They still face the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, like they did before in various phases in history. But the suffering of Copts is double fold because they are Egyptians and because they are Christians.

Commenting on the performance of the Egyptian team in the World Cup, Emadeddin Adib wrote that when the king of football, the Brazilian legend Pele was asked about the most important factor in an efficient coach, he responded: flexibility and choosing the right time.

Pele explained that what he meant by flexibility was the ability of the coach to read the capabilities of his team and the other team as well as the flexibility to adjust to the changes in a match.

Thus, Adib added, one cannot avoid noticing the conventional policies that Egypt’s coach Hector Cuper adopted. The Argentine insisted on barren defence policies that he never changed regardless of the developments in the match.

Besides, he elaborated, late action is another policy that Cuper repeatedly adopted.

“Flexibility and choosing the right time are two indispensable factors in leading a team, a company, a political party or a country,” Adib wrote in the daily Al-Watan.

By Amr Selim, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Russia 2018

“I will sue the Egypt Football Association. They gave us the impression that we have a sport called football in Egypt!”

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