I REMEMBER WHEN I was around 13 years old and I scored an own goal from the halfway line. No shit. Our keeper had kicked the ball down field, and it came to me, hovering around the centre circle. And… I volleyed it… straight back into the top right corner of my own team’s goal. I don’t know how – let alone why – I did it, but we went on to win the match anyway, and I played like an incandescent demon of embarrassed rage from that point on.
Luckily, this penalty cock-up by Algerian striker Amir Sayoud for Egyptian superstars Ahly didn’t cost them the game either. Though it might cost him a few sleepless nights.
To add insult to injury, Sayoud was also booked for “disregarding the opponent” – presumably a kind of contempt of court for the football field.
Ahram online reports the Ahly assistant coach said Sayoud just needs a bit more experience, saying:
“We will not punish him for sure. We will just work on developing his shooting skills during training.”
Kicking the ball instead of the ground would be a good start.
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Nick lived in Egypt for six years, working as a tour leader, EFL teacher, city guide editor, and online guidebook writer. He's currently in San Francisco searching for his centre. He (kinda sporadically) blogs at Delicious Chaos, and you can follow him on twitter.