Oooh - don't say 'it's only a game' in NZ.....Its only a game, and they didn't play good enough and they lost, get over it.
Rioting here is away of life or so it seems, two years ago I was downtown collecting my airline ticket and as I went to go out the door a huge crowd swept up the street the clerk pulled me back inside locked the door and we all rushed into the back of the shop, that had nothing to do with football it was the arrest of a well known man who opposes the government, then they set fire to a beautiful building. I was stuck in the office for 3 hours and the only way I got out was because my car has green number plates and the police would let the car through for me,
I wonder if it is really just frustration at life that they are rioting against? Football or at least these matches gave them in their eyes justification to riot. When you are as poor as the majority of people here are there are two things in life for you that are free, religion and supporting your national football team.
On Friday Alaa Mubarak, the son of Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak, made a rare public statement calling for a "tough stance" to be taken against Algeria.
"When you insult my dignity... I will beat you on the head," the businessman, who had attended the game in Khartoum, told a TV news programme.
Now isn't that a statement to help the situation?