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Bob Bradley’s message to Egyptians 3 years after Port Said
On February 1, 2012, an unprecedented riot occurred following a game between Al Ahly and Al Masry in Port Said. The pitch was invaded, Al Ahly fans were attacked and 74 people lost their lives. It marked a turning point in Egyptian football.
There in Egypt to witness the event and its ripple effects was the American Bob Bradley who, after a period of national mourning, then took it upon himself to rally back Egyptians, and especially Al Ahly players, around a new cause and somehow shepherd a campaign for World Cup qualification amid a murky Egyptian footballing climate.
Yesterday, Bradley shared a few words with KingFut.com in memory of what happened…
I will never forget February 1, 2012. The 74 young men that lost their lives. Their families. The unanswered questions. I will never forget seeing the players at the memorial. Knowing what they had seen. But I will also never forget the response of those players. Their determination and strength and love for their country. I’m sorry that I’m not at Ahly club today but I’m thinking about my Egyptian brothers. I’m sad but I have hope. I will never forget our experience together. I believe in all of you.
– Bob Bradley