Algerian journalists clash with Egyptian police at Pyramid ground
Egyptian police had a tough time with some Algerian journalists yesterday during a tour of the Pyramid organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The tour, which saw journalists from different parts of the continent visiting the historic Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was almost at its conclusion when confusion erupted.
Algeria defeated Guinea 2-0 to reach the quarterfinal of the on-going Egypt 2019 AFCON.
After spending some time touring round the Pyramid, the organizers decided that all the journalists should take group photograph. It nearly turned into a clash between the Algerians and Egyptian police at the venue, when the North Africans brought out their country’s flag to be displayed in front of the group photograph.
It did not go down well with the Egyptian police, who insisted the flag must be removed before the photograph was taken. On their part, the Algerian journalists stood their ground of displaying their country’s flag in the photograph within the Pyramid premises. It took the intervention of some CAF officials to prevent what could have been a big clash between the two North African countries.
Egypt was sent packing from the competition by the Bafana Bafana of South Africa with a lone goal in their round of 16 clash.