by Abdel Moneim 'Shatta' Hussein
I was very happy to see many Algerian fans at the stadium, it is obviously a big thing for them to be at the World Cup again after a 24-year absence so they were more than happy and willing to travel all the way to South Africa and support their team. Of course for me as an Arab this makes me very proud, since they are here as the Arab world’s only representative.
Let me also add that I was very proud of the team, despite their loss they played a very good game and they dominated most of the time, and the goal was really just an accident by the goalkeeper which does happen and we have seen it already before during this specific tournament with the English goalkeeper so yes it does happen!
All in all, I believe this team has a very good future and they shouldn’t be negatively affected by this result, there is still hope for them in this tournament so they shouldn’t give up. It is not the first time for them to have a bad start in a tournament. We all watched them in the African Cup of Nations when they lost their first game but still went through to the semi-final so hang in there Desert Warriors!