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Egyptian Soccer Team Beats Korean Team 1- 0
Amb. Helmy Invited Egyptian Delegation Day Earlier
By Oxana Davydenko
Staff Reporter
Emad Abdel Nabi of Egypt celebrates after scoring a goal during the friendly match with S. Korea at Seoul's Sangam World Cup Stadium Feb. 4, 2005. Courtesy YNA

Egyptian Soccer Team defeated South Korean team 1-0 during a friendly match held at World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, western part of Seoul Feb. 4, 2005. The "unexpected" victory was made when Emad Abdel Nabi of Egpyt scored a goal around 14 minitues into the first half of the soccer match.

One day earlier the visiting Egyptian soccer delegation was warmly received by Ambassador Amr Helmy of Egypt, who showed special interest in them. The top Egyptian envoy hosted a reception for them at his residence in downtown Seoul Feb. 3, 2005.

The Egyptian soccer delegation including 20 players arrived in Seoul Feb. 2, 2005. The match took place at the World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong in the western part of Seoul at 8 p.m. Feb. 4, 2005.

For the Egyptians, this match was to prepare against the Libyan team in FIFA 2006 African World Cup qualifiers, which is slated for March 2005. They will also play a similar game against Belgium on Feb. 9, 2005.

Amb. Amr Helmy of Egypt (right) speaks with officials of the Egyptian National Team.

This match is also a warm-up for the Korean team's match against Kuwait on Feb. 9, 2005 at the Asian World Cup qualification.

Although the Egyptian team is experienced in playing against the Korean teams in both South Korea and abroad, it was their first match in the year 2005.

Initially, the Egyptian soccer leaders were not optimistic about their victory. "Obviously South Koreans are advantageous because they just returned from the US where they played against teams from Sweden, Columbia, and Paraguay," mentioned soccer expert, Dennis D`Arcy, an official of KAM Sports International.

Egyptian National Football Team are accompanied Amb. Amr Helmy of Egypt and participants of football delegation Feb. 3, 2005.

They expressed their concerns over the harsh weather conditions in Seoul before the match.

"Even though we had time for training twice on Korean land previously, we still need more before the match," said Hassan Shehata, head coach of the Egyptian National Team. "We are extremely concerned about the cold weather and how it may influence our players who are not accustomed to the current unusually low temperature in Seoul."

The 20-member Egyptian football team included Nader EL-Sayed, Tarek Said, Mohamed Aboutraika, Ahmed Abo Mosalam, Mohamed Barakat, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Shawki, and Amr Fahim, and Emad Abdel Nabi. They braced nippy weather and faced tough South Korean players for the prescious victory over the South Korean team.

South Korean coach Jo Bonfrere used ace soccer players including Lee Dong-Gook and Chung Kyung-Ho for this match. But the resolution of the Egyptian team was firm.

"We intend to win this match," said Nader EL-Sayed, the captain and goalkeeper of the Egyptian team.

President Essam Abdel Moneim of the Egyptian Federation of Football at the residence of Egyptian ambassador.

The Egyptian victory was an unexpected pleasure for top Egpytian soccer official. It seemed that their chances for a win were not high.

"The football of Koreans features an aggressive and powerful play as other Asian football," said President Essam Abdel Moneim of the Egyptian Federation of Football at the reception. "We are considering this match as a friendly one, as a chance to play an interesting game. And a win in this match is not a goal. But of course we will do everything in our power."

Yet, the top Egyptian envoy to Seoul was expecting a good result from the soccer match. During the reception Amb. Amr Helmy voiced confidence that his compatriots will make every effort to play a good game in this match. The Egyptian National Soccer Team leaves Seoul Feb. 5, 2005.

Related photos

Players of the Egyptian National Team at the residence of Egyptian ambassador in Seoul Feb. 3, 2005.

Head coach Hassan Shehata of the Egyptian National Team at the residence of Amb. Amr Helmy.

Players of the Egyptian National Team at the residence of Egyptian ambassador in Seoul Feb. 3, 2005.

Dennis D`Arcy, KAM Sports International representative at the lunch at the residence of Egyptian ambassador.

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Ms. Oxana Davydenko serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She covers foreign embassies in Seoul with a particular focus on Russia, and Eastern European embassies. Davydenko also covers international cultural events including business. Previously she worked as a journalist for Kommersant business daily in Russia. She majored in journalism at the Voronezh State University.