Roma’s Michael Bradley will be cheering like an Egyptian against Ghana
In an interview with BBC World Football, Roma’s USA international Michael Bradley says he’s extremely proud of his father’s role as the coach of Egypt and will be cheering for the Pharaohs like every other Egyptian against Ghana.
26-year-old Roma and USA international central midfielder Michael Bradley, son of the Egypt national team coach Bob Bradley, was asked about his views towards his father’s attitude and steadfast support of the Egyptian people and their football fans: “[I’m] Incredibly proud of him, of my mother, who’s there with him, and their commitment to finishing what he started,” Michael told BBC World Football.
“He went there with the idea, with the dream of taking Egypt to the World Cup. And in the midst of all the instability in their country, in the midst of the revolution, in the midst of massacres and in the midst of so much trouble in their country, they have managed to keep a group of guys focused and committed on really the dream of the entire country.
“I think it’s in these ways and these moments that we’re all able to see how powerful football is. In a country like that with so much turmoil, maybe the only thing that the Egyptians can agree on is there love and support for the national team and how the dream is to see them back in a World Cup.”
When asked if he ever worries about his parents, the Roma midfielder responded: “No, the Egyptian people have been incredible to them. There has not been a day where they feel in anyway unsafe or not at home. They’ve grown to really like Cairo.”
Bradley was asked if he’d be tempted to go to Ghana and join his dad in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off, as he’s currently sidelined with an ankle injury: “If the first game were in Cairo I’d be there for sure,” he said.
“Ghana might be a little bit more difficult to get to, but no, I’ll be watching and cheering like every other Egyptian that day.”
The first leg between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt will be played on Tuesday 15th October at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi while the return leg will be held among the presence of fans at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium on November 19.
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