From the hell of war in Sudan
The Sudanese were busy watching the fateful match between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
Khartoum – Khaled Fathi
Published in: May 18, 2023: 10:44 AM GST
Last updated: May 18, 2023: 11:49 AM GST
The fun of football matches is no longer limited to the stadiums, but rather has extended to affecting the lives of millions of fans of the round witch around the world. In Sudan, the hell of war raging 34 days ago did not prevent football fans, the most popular and beloved game among the Sudanese, from following the fateful match between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
The fans of the round witch in Sudan made faces, last night, Wednesday, at the “Al-Ittihad” stadium in England, where the decisive match was played between the two ancient clubs, which ended with a landslide victory for the English team over the Spanish Royals by 4-0.
In the suburb of Al-Thawra in the city of Omdurman, watch clubs gathered in large numbers, despite the suffocating atmosphere of war.
One of the citizens told Al-Arabiya.net: “I went to a viewing club near the house a few minutes before the start whistle sounded, and I found it full of people, and some had to stand on their feet to be able to watch the exciting match.”
Real Madrid and Manchester City confrontations
The club official confirmed that the crowded seats were filled to capacity, about an hour before the start of the match, according to what the Sudanese citizen told Al Arabiya.net.
Sudden bullets separated the audience
The suffocating atmosphere of war soon returned to steal the few moments of euphoria, as successive gunfire near the end of the first half caused terror and panic, and the audience dispersed, and the crowded viewing hall turned into a “crowded floor” out of excessive panic and surprise, so that one of those present ran away. A cup of tea in his hand. However, the enthusiastic club-goers soon returned to their seats, one after the other, once again, after the disappearance of the sounds of bullets and the return of relative calm and tranquility to the place.
Passion under the dark and bombardment
In turn, journalist Nasr El-Din Abdel-Qader told Al-Arabiya.net exciting details about that match, saying: “The power outage in Al-Shajara and Al-Hammadab areas, south of Khartoum, caused the vast majority of the watching clubs there to stop serving. However, there is one club that remained steadfast in the market. Al-Shajara area, not far from the Armored Corps Command, and when we reached it, we found it filled to the brim with passionate fans.
Nasr El-Din continued: “Amidst that confusion and heartbreak, we were told that another watch club entered service, so we went to it, and there I was lucky and found a chair, and breathing became very difficult due to the extreme crowding, and people were sitting on chairs, sitting on the ground, or standing on their feet, As if the gasping breath of the running players came to us from there.”
A boiling volcano like a cauldron!
The passionate Real Madrid journalist added: “The first goal of the English club Manchester City sparked a massive revolution in the narrow place, which turned into a boiling volcano like a cauldron. The second goal was scored, here I succumbed early to the idea of the Real Madrid leaving the tournament, the Spanish club was exhausted like us because of our absurd war, as if in the black uniform that appeared there in the Etihad Stadium in Britain, he had come to share our sorrows.
In the same context, the journalist told Al-Arabiya.net that during the match, the mutual shelling stopped completely, and the heavy artillery shelling of the armored corps began towards the Jabra suburb, south of Khartoum, a few minutes after the end of the match, as if the match was like an unannounced truce.