This normally chaotic but otherwise peaceful city of 18 million has been wracked by football fever gone mad. The government has deployed thousands of riot police and plain-clothed cops in a part of town normally known for its fancy restaurants and upscale shops. Thursday night thousands of angry football fans descended on the island of Zamalek, a posh neighbourhood popular with rich Egyptians, diplomats, businessmen and journalists. Wednesday evening the Algerian and Egyptian football teams faced off in Khartoum, Sudan, for a final qualifying match for the World Cup, aptly described by the Daily Telegraph as the "play off from hell. Egypt and Algeria came to a standstill Wednesday evening to watch the match, played in Khartoum's Marreekh Stadium.