Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1407, (30 August - 5 September 2018)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1407, (30 August - 5 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Attack for the sake of attack?

Renaissance dam

Various pressing issues engaged the press this week, including Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia which have a serious impact on the question of the Nile water, and Mohamed Salah’s differences with the Egyptian Football Association. 

The editorial of the official daily Al-Ahram said Egypt had managed to restore its pivotal regional and international role in the last few years and correct the track of relations with some states that had recently become strained.

This, it added, applied to Egypt’s relationship with Ethiopia that has recently seen serious steps to build mutual trust and boost cooperation.

That is why, the editorial explained, this week’s visit to Addis Ababa by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel is very important as it is aimed at enhancing Egyptian-Ethiopian relations and discussing recent developments with regards to the Renaissance Dam.

“Egypt is keen on improving its relations with Ethiopia in all fields in a way that preserves the interests of both peoples and follows up on developments of the tripartite negotiations on the dam in light of efforts exerted to implement the 2015 Declaration of Principles and the outcome of the last nine-party meeting held in Addis Ababa in May 2018,” the edit said.

As for Salah’s row with the EFA, Yasser Ayoub wrote that it is easy to attack the association in defence of Salah, even easier to attack Salah in defence of the association and easier still to attack for the sake of attacking.

After Salah posted his tweet, Ayoub elaborated, many did not wait to understand the details of the problem Salah was complaining about and started attacking him and accusing him of blackmailing the association.

In the meantime, he added, others started attacking the federation, accusing it of corruption and failing to deal with a superstar as big as Salah.

“No one will know the truth. Salah did not mention clear reasons for his complaints. And the federation did not respond to Salah’s concerns. The only problem is that it was a chance for the British media to again criticise Egypt for its football failures just two weeks after it attacked the country following the death of two British tourists in Hurghada,” Ayoub wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei.

Mohamed Barakat tried not to involve himself in the attack and counterattack back and forth and wrote that unfortunately we are facing a real failure in managing the crisis.

I assumed, Barakat said, that all the parties concerned, especially the football association, had known since the end of the World Cup that there is a crisis. Thus they should have prepared a comprehensive assessment of the Egyptian participation in the tournament, including the negative aspects.

“Any unbiased assessment or objective study would have pointed to a major failure in the management and the technical preparation of the team’s participation in the World Cup,” he wrote in the daily Al-Akhbar.

But unfortunately, Barakat concluded, the association did not bother to prepare a study or listen to Salah’s complaints or the reasons behind his frustration.

By Mohamed Abdel-Latif, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

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