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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Cairo Bad Boy strikes again!

Good! The sooner he's back the better. We've missed him.

Egypt golden boy Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam has been thrown out of the African Nations Cup and suspended for six months following an on-field bust up with Pharaohs' manager Hassan Shehata on Tuesday.

Mido was substituted in Egypt's 2-1 semi-final victory over Senegal and after initially refusing to leave the pitch, in disbelief that he was being withdrawn, the Spurs striker became embroiled in a slanging match with Shehata on the touchline.

Obscenities were hurled and the 22-year-old had to be physically restrained by veteran player, and Egyptian legend, Hossam Hassan. The 74,000 strong home crowd voiced their disgust at Mido's antics with roars of 'Out! Out!'

The coach's decision to substitute Mido in the 79th minute was vindicated when his replacement Amr Zaki scored the wining goal two minutes later - booking the hosts a place in Friday's African Nations Cup final against Ivory Coast.

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