Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:07:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 TMG to sponsor 5 Egyptian athletes qualified to Tokyo Olympics 2020 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/21/tmg-to-sponsor-5-egyptian-athletes-qualified-to-tokyo-olympics-2020/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:31:04 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719738 Company allocates unlimited budget for the players

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Talaat Moustafa Group (TMG) signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to sponsor five Egyptian athletes who qualified to the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy said the TMG always supported the Ministry, pointing out that TMG co-financed development of two youth centres in Sharqia and Assiut governorates to be comprehensive community service centres.

TMG sponsorship will include boxer Abdel Rahman Orabi, judo player Mohamed Abdel Aal, shooting champion Azmi Mahilaba, and pentathlete Heidy Adel.

CEO and Managing Director of TMG Hisham Talaat Mostafa said companies have social responsibility, and emphasised on boosting development in the areas most in need.

He promised to give all support to Egyptian athletes participating in Tokyo 2020, noting that

his company has supported all sectors of Egypt for 50 years.

The company has developed many technical education schools.

In response to a question by Daily News Egypt about the value of the sponsorship contract, he said the company has allocated unlimited budget for the players, in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Hisham Hatab, head of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, said TMG’s and other companies’ support for Egyptian athletes will garner positive results in the 2020 Olympics.

Moreover,

the Ministry of Youth and Sports signed EGP 10m sponsorship contract with Wadi Degla Clubs for seven athletes qualified to Tokyo 2020.

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Egyptian sports in 2020: challenges and opportunities https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/02/egyptian-sports-in-2020-challenges-and-opportunities/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 09:00:39 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=718131 Cairo to host CAF Awards ceremony, and Pharaohs get ready for 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

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Egypt is anticipating several important sports events in 2020 after last year’s great local, regional, and international achievements. The first major sports event in Egypt this year will be hosting the 2019 CAF Awards, to be held in January in Hurghada. Later on, Egypt will take part in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Several Egyptian athletes in different games have qualified to Tokyo 2020, including swimming, shooting, modern pentathlon, table tennis, and football.

CAF Awards

For the first time, Egypt will host CAF Awards for the Best African Player of the Year in 2019 on Tuesday 7 January, on the Red Sea shores of Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada.

The event will witness the attendance of African football legends and senior officials. There will be several award categories in recognition of exceptional contributions to African football. The CAF, led by Ahmad Ahmad, granted Egypt the right to organise the special event to continue its successful organisation of major continental competitions last year, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and U-23 AFCON, which Egypt has won for the first time in history.

Egypt has great potentials to host major sports competitions, including FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cup (each once), in addition to AFCON in 1959, 1974, 1986, 2006, and 2019.

Hosting such events sheds the light on the touristic destinations in Egypt, which have recently witnessed major developments. The CAF Awards ceremony will coincide with the New Year and Christmas celebrations. It features several award categories for men’s and women’s football including: African Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Youth Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Goal of the Year, Africa Finest XI, Federation of the Year and several new award categories which will recognise exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals. The Interclubs Player of the Year Award has been reintroduced and will be dedicated to honouring key actors in CAF’s club competitions.

Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah was shortlisted for the Best African Player of the Year along with his colleague in Liverpool, Senegalese Sadio Mane, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez, who plays for Manchester City.

Moreover, Zamalek and Egyptian national team player Tarek Hamed competes for the African Interclubs Player of the Year award, along with the Tunisian Anice Badri (Esperance) and Algerian Youcef Belaïli (Esperance / Ahli Jeddah).

Al Ahly and Zamalek compete for CAF Champions League

Four Egyptian clubs are participating in two strong continental competitions, as Al Ahly and Zamalek play in CAF Champions League, while Al Masry and Pyramids play in CAF Confederation Cup.

Al Ahly have eight Champions League titles and aim to won their first African trophy since 2013, while the White Knight have five titles the last of which was in 2002. Both teams had good results in the groups stage of the competition so far.

In the CAF Confederation Cup, which Zamalek won in 2019, Al-Masry and Pyramids were drawn in the same group, and both of them have greater chances than their competitors to qualify to the next round.

Al Masry is now led by coach Ihab Galal, while Pyramids have recently signed Croatian coach Ante Čačić, in succession to French Sebastien Desabre.

In the Arab Club Championship, Ismaily will face Al Ittihad Alexandria in the second leg of the quarter-finals on 24 January. Both Zamalek and Al Ahly had won the Arab title in 2003 and 1996, respectively.

African Men’s Handball Championship

Egypt will participate in the 24th edition of the African Men’s Handball Championship that will take place in Tunisia from 15 to 25 January.

The 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship will act as the African qualifying tournament for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship in Egypt. The best three teams of the 2020 African Championship will qualify for the Men’s World Championship while the winner of the tournament will directly qualify for the Olympic Games.

The national team played two friendlies against Serbia on 28 and 29 December 2019, in preparation for the African Men’s Handball Championship.

Last Olympic qualification chance for Egyptian volleyball team

The Egyptian national volleyball team missed their chance to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics through the Friendly International Championship held in December in Bulgaria, after they were ranked third in Group A of the competition. However, the dream of qualifying to Tokyo has not end yet, as Egypt will take part in the men’s Africa volleyball Olympic qualifying tournament, which starts in Cairo from 7 to 11 January.

The African Volleyball confederation (CAVB) confirmed that only five countries out of 54 states in the continent have been cleared to contest for the single slot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

In addition, the women’s Olympic Games qualifiers for Africa will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon from 3-10 January. Egypt will face off hosts Cameroon, Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Botswana, Rwanda and Mauritius for the one slot reserved for Africa.

The 2020 Men’s Olympic volleyball tournament has twelve-team quota spots: the hosts, the winners of each of six intercontinental qualifying tournaments, and five continental Olympic qualification tournament champions in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North and Central America.

2020 African Para Games

Egypt will host the first African Para Games from 23 to 31 January.

Around 768 athletes from 43 African countries are expected to attend the continent’s main Para sport competition and compete across Africa’s four most-practiced Para sports. Most of the events will act as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, set to be held between 25 August and 6 September.

African Para Games will coincide with the end of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union (AU) which reflects the country’s increasing support to the people with disabilities.

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EPL Gameweek 19: Leicester face leader Liverpool aiming to keep title hopes alive https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/26/epl-gameweek-19-leicester-face-leader-liverpool-aiming-to-keep-title-hopes-alive/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 09:00:54 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717496 The beginning of the Boxing Day will be on Thursday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where the seventh-place Spurs (26 points) will host thirteen-place Brighton (20 points). Tottenham aims to compensate their 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in Gameweek 18.

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English Premier League (EPL) Gameweek 19 kicks off with a bounty of games around the festive period.

The beginning of the Boxing Day will be on Thursday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where the seventh-place Spurs (26 points) will host thirteen-place Brighton (20 points). Tottenham aims to compensate their 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in Gameweek 18.

The day will conclude with a super clash between second-place Leicester City (39 points) and leader Liverpool (49 points) at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes aiming to keep their title hopes alive.

It will be the Reds’ first league match after winning the Club World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Brazilian side Flamengo in Qatar.

In the same day. Aston Villa, for whom the Egyptian duo Ahmed Elmohamady and Mahmoud Hassan Trézéguet play, will host Norwich City at the Villa Park Stadium. In a relegation battle, eighteenth-place Aston Villa (15 points) and nineteenth-place Norwich (12 points) will fight for their spots in the prestigious competition.

Southampton will fly to London to meet fourth-place Chelsea (32 points) at Stamford Bridge. The Blues, under coach Frank Lampard, seeks to continue their distinguished run this season especially after their precious victory over Tottenham in the last round, while the Saints (18 points) have just moved three points clear of the drop zone. It may seem like a tough test, but the Blues do not have the best defensive record under Lampard and are typically better away from home.

At Goodison Park, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti will debut his managerial mission with Everton against Burnley. Everton have 19 points, while Burnley have 24 points in the tenth place.

At Selhurst Park, the twelfth-ranked Crystal Palace (23 points) will host West Ham United (19 points).

Suffering unbalanced performance despite appointing a new coaching staff, Arsenal will visit Bournemouth, aiming to turn things around. The Gunners have 23 points in the 11th place, while Bournemouth occupies the 14th place with 19 points.

Simultaneously, the fifth-placed Sheffield United (28 points) will host bottom of the table Watford (12 points) at the Bramall Lane. Sheffield are having an impressive start to life back in the Premier League. With half the season over, the Blades currently find themselves sat in a very impressive spot in the table.

Later Thursday, Manchester United will host Newcastle United at the Old Trafford in search of restoring their rhythm after the defeat in the last round. Manchester United are in the eighth place with 25 points, followed by Newcastle with the same amount of points.

Gameweek 19 will end on Friday with Manchester City traveling to Wolves. Pep Guardiola’s men have struggled this season in comparison to previous campaigns but have comfortably beaten Arsenal and Leicester in their last two league games.

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Winter transfer window: some patch up their squads, others add depth https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/26/winter-transfer-window-some-patch-up-their-squads-others-add-depth/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 09:00:21 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717500 The winter transfer window usually opens on the first day of the New Year and closes on the last day of January. However, in some leagues of Scandinavia and Asia, the transfers continue until mid-February.

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The 2020 January transfer window will open in just a few days and there is sure to be a flurry of activity, particularly in big clubs. Some Egyptian teams need to patch up their squads to adjust their situations in the Egyptian Premier League, while others want just to add depth as they participate in more than one competition parallelly.

The winter transfer window usually opens on the first day of the New Year and closes on the last day of January. However, in some leagues of Scandinavia and Asia, the transfers continue until mid-February.

Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek are targeting some players who would replace others in both clubs.

Al-Ahly’s Swiss coach Rene Weiler has apparently settled on the basic squad and the players who will leave the club, whether permanently or on loan, namely Saleh Gomaa, Hussein El Sayed, Angola’s Geraldo and Morocco’s Walid Azaro, Salah Mohsen, and Ammar Hamdy.

As for Zamalek, the team’s new coach Patrice Carteron also chose Mohamed Antar, Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, and Morocco’s Khalid Boutaïb to be sold during this winter transfer window.

Those players can make the difference in mid-table clubs, so many teams will consider signing them in January.

Ismaily SC is also looking forward for the winter transfer market, as they want to move up in the table – currently in the ninth place – and restore their balance.

Also, Pyramids SC forward Ahmed Ali is expected to leave the club, after he spent most of the team’s matches as benchwarmer since joining them last summer coming from El-Mokawloon.

Six under-the-radar players who may join Al Ahly

The football sector officials in Al Ahly will meet with Weiler soon to develop a settle on the club’s plan for next winter transfer window. A source from the club said that this meeting will be after the Red Devils’ clash with Zimbabwean FC Platinum in the CAF Champions League group stage next Saturday at Al Ahly Stadium.

Weiler preferred to postpone this meeting so that he can focus on this important match that will likely decide the fate of the team in the African championship. Al Ahly have three points in the third spot after two games in Group B, which also includes Tunisia’s Étoile Sportive du Sahel and Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The source said Al Ahly will sign a player in January who can play in different positions according to the needs of the team. Given the possible injuries among the players, the position of the new player may change at any time.

He pointed out that FC Luzern’s Nigerian forward Blessing Eleke is among six players targeted by Al Ahly in the January transfer market.

The Red Devils have already concluded the signing of Mahmoud Abdel Moneim, known as Kahraba, from CD Aves. Kahraba may be added to the team’s squad within a few days if the club managed to sell or loan any of their existing players.

On a different note, Al Ahly contacted doctors in Germany to identify the team’s star Ramadan Sobhi’s injury situation, and whether the player should travel to Germany for treatment. The Egyptian professional footballer plays as a winger for Al Ahly on loan from Huddersfield Town.

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Liverpool become the most crowned English club after winning FIFA Club World Cup https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/23/liverpool-become-the-most-crowned-english-club-after-winning-fifa-club-world-cup/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 08:30:21 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717202 Manchester United were the last English team to win the Club World Cup in the 2008 edition. Ironically, the Red Devils were crowned the title on 21 December after beating LDU Quito 1-0, which was the same case for Liverpool in terms of the match date and the result.

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Liverpool became the most crowned English football club after winning the 16th FIFA Club World Cup edition for the first time in their history. The Reds on Saturday defeated Brazilian CR Flamengo 1-0 in the final with a stunning extra-time winner by Firmino. Liverpool are now the most successful English club with 47 titles, having won the English Premier League 18 times, six UEFA Champions Leagues (UCL), seven FA Cups, three Europa Leagues, eight EFL Cups, and four UEFA Super Cups.

Liverpool were the tenth team to win the Club World Cup after Real Madrid, which hold the record for most victories, winning the competition four times, followed by Barcelona (three titles); Corinthians Paulista (two titles); and Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Manchester United, AC Milan, Internacional, and São Paulo (one title each).

Manchester United were the last English team to win the Club World Cup in the 2008 edition. Ironically, the Red Devils were crowned the title on 21 December after beating LDU Quito 1-0, which was the same case for Liverpool in terms of the match date and the result.

Liverpool fans are now in heaven as their team won the last UCL, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and currently lead the English Premier League.

The Reds ended the Spanish teams’ dominance of the Club World Cup, where Real Madrid won 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions, and Barcelona in 2015.

Liverpool also avenged their previous 3-0 loss to Flamengo in the 1981 Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

Mohamed Salah makes history

Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah is now the first Egyptian player to win the Club World Cup and the Best Player award in the world competition.

However, Salah is not the first Egyptian footballer to play a Club World Cup final. Al Ahly’s star Hussein Al-Shahat once played the world competition’s final with his previous team, Al Ain, but they lost to Real Madrid in the last edition.

After Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup title, the FIFA Technical Study Group chose Salah as the Player of the Tournament.

Given his outstanding performance throughout the competition, the Liverpool star was a deserved winner of the Adidas Golden Ball and Alibaba Cloud Player of the Tournament award.

In addition, Salah was also named Man of the Match against Mexico’s Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final.

Jürgen Klopp ends his final curse

Liverpool’s German coach Jürgen Klopp managed to turn his miserable record in finals around and began to achieve titles, after he had his share of bad luck, before leading the Reds, where he lost three European finals. Under Klopp, Liverpool won two European titles in 2019 following three failed attempts. The Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in the 2019 UCL final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and won UEFA Super Cup at the expense of Chelsea, ending Klopp’s bad luck with the continental competitions.

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund lost to Bayern Munich in the 2013 UCL final at Wembley Stadium. Three years later, the German coach with Liverpool reached the Europa League final but lost to Sevilla. In 2018, Liverpool played against Real Madrid in the UCL final and also lost the title. 

Klopp hopes to complete the successful run with the Reds, and lead them to win the English Premier League title for the first time after 29 years since they last won it. Liverpool now lead the Premier League table, with 49 points, 10 points ahead of the second-placed Leicester City.

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Amateur Football Alliance grants Egypt the rights to hold local amateur league https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/18/amateur-football-alliance-grants-egypt-the-rights-to-hold-local-amateur-league/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:48:44 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716930 The Amateur Football Alliance is the first and largest entity organising 5, 6 and 7-a-side football competitions for amateurs and we received the rights to hold these competitions in Egypt, Chairperson of Usports Mohamed Abdallah said.

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Egypt, represented in Usports for sports management company, has officially obtained the rights from the UK Amateur Football Alliance to hold local amateur football league.

The Amateur Football Alliance is the first and largest entity organising 5, 6 and 7-a-side football competitions for amateurs and we received the rights to hold these competitions in Egypt, Chairperson of Usports Mohamed Abdallah said.

The company announced opening the door for those wishing to form teams to participate in the league, either individually, an entire team, or through companies, provided that the age of players not less than 16. The company is scheduled to announce the whole league system after registration of teams is completed.

The 5, 6 and 7-a-side football is simply a smaller version of the traditional game, with less players and smaller pitches making for a more close-up and less energy-sapping way of playing the game.

He added that the league system stipulates that the champion will qualify to participate in the amateur club world cup in Spain next May, in addition to the formation of the Egyptian amateur national team to participate in the amateur World Cup next year. Egypt has participated in the first edition of the competition in October 2019 in Greece, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“The idea was met with great acceptance among a large segment of young people who want to play football competitively, but cannot find the opportunity to join professional clubs,” Abdallah explained.

“The idea of the Amateur Football League comes in line with the state’s policy to spread sports everywhere and to all young people.”

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Liverpool to kick-start FIFA Club World Cup campaign, eyeing first-ever title https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/18/liverpool-to-kick-start-fifa-club-world-cup-campaign-eyeing-first-ever-title/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 06:00:11 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716785 The Reds to play Mexico’s Monterrey in semi-finals on Wednesday

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European champions Liverpool are set to launch their campaign at the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, seeking their first-ever title of the international competition. The Reds will face Concacaf champion Monterrey in the semi-finals on Wednesday at the Khalifa International Stadium.

It will be the second match for the Mexican team in the tournament after beating the hosts’ representative Al Sadd 3-2.

Almost all the stars of Liverpool’s first team travelled to Qatar, including Alison, Adrian, and Lonergan as goalkeepers; Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Arnold, and Neco Williams as defenders; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Chamberlain, Lallana, Curtis Jones, and Shaqiri as midfielders; and Firmino, Mane, Salah, and Origi as forwards.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s German coach Jurgen Klopp criticised the organising committee of the Club World Cup for holding the last four matches of the tournament on one stadium, which would harm the pitch and may affect the players.

The semi-finals and final of the competition were supposed to be held on two stadiums, but Khalifa Stadium will eventually host all the remaining games due to the unreadiness of the other stadium which would host the 2022 World Cup.

“I think it is raining there [Qatar]. This does not help the pitch where we will all play,” Klopp said, adding ironically that this organisation is “surprisingly good.”

“All the matches will be played on the same stadium and there will be rain. We will see how one pitch can withstand this situation, but this is a problem,” he concluded.

Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah aims to add a new achievement to his career during the Club World Cup, as the Egyptian pharaoh has accomplished a lot with the team, most notably winning the UEFA Champions League.

Salah receives great attention from Arab fans, especially as it is the first time that the first time for the Egyptian international to play with The Reds in an Arab country, and of course he will receive a great support inside the stadium.

If Liverpool won the title, this will increase Salah’s chances of winning the African Player of the Year award next January for the third year in a row.

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Amid calls for demonstrations, Catalonia hosts El Clasico on Wednesday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/18/amid-calls-for-demonstrations-catalonia-hosts-el-clasico-on-wednesday/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 05:30:10 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716784 Winner of Camp Nou clash will clinch the leadership of La Liga table

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All eyes of football fans are on the Camp Nou stadium as it hosts El Clasico, the wold’s biggest football clash, between Barcelona and Real Madrid in their postponed Gameweek 10 of the Spanish La Liga.

The match will take place amid high security measures due to calls by various groups, such as Tsunami Democratic, for demonstrations in Catalonia, which previously caused the postponement of the El Clasico, as it was supposed to be played on 26 October.

Both teams enter the game eyeing the victory to gain the leadership of La Liga as each of them has 35 points on the top of the league table, though Barca excel by goal difference. In 16 matches, Barca scored 43 goals and conceded 20, while Real Madrid scored 33 goals and conceded 12.

This is the first El Clasico since the 2009/10 season, where both teams have equal points in the league.

Interestingly, both teams’ top scorers in the league are also equal, as each of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid scored 12 goals so far, topping La Liga scorers this season.

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Zamalek clash with Pyramids in Egyptian Premier League https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/12/zamalek-clash-with-pyramids-in-egyptian-premier-league/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:30:03 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716464 Carteron faces his first tough league game, while Desabre aims to continue his victorious run

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Zamalek will play their first difficult game in the Premier League this season when they meet Pyramids on Thursday in the Gameweek 7. Zamalek and Pyramids matches are always exciting as they are top clubs in the Egyptian football and both of them have many distinguished players.

Zamalek aim to win Thursday game to restore their confidence after losing five points since the start of the local competition. The White Knights are in a good mood after they had won their last two games under the leadership of new head coach Patrice Carteron in CAF Champions League and Egypt Cup.

Zamalek rank fifth in the Egyptian Premier League with 10 points from five matches, winning three and drawing in one and losing another. Zamalek scored six goals and conceded four.

On the other hand, Pyramids rank fourth on the league table with 12 points from six games, in which they won three and drown in three. The team scored 13 goals and conceded seven.

Zamalek played Pyramids in seven previous games, in which Zamalek won five games and lost once. In these clashes, the White Knights scored 11 goals and conceded six.

Zamalek’s Carteron was successful in his first two games with the team. On 4 December, Zamalek beat El-Sharkia 3-1 in Egypt Cup’s round of 32. Then, they beat C.D. Primeiro de Agosto 2-0 in CAF Champions League’s group stage game held on 7 December.

Carteron decided to play Pyramids with the same line-up of their previous game, given he is one of the coaches who like to play with a fixed squad with minor changes.

Zamalek’s squad will probably include Mohamed Awaad (goalkeeper), Hamdi Nagguez, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Abdullah Gomaa, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Achraf Bencharki, Obama, Ahmed Zizo, and Mostafa Mohamed.

The Zamalek administration was keen to give the players a portion of their dues before the Pyramids game, to motivate them to continue the victorious run.

Pyramids also enter the Thursday game with high morale after thrashing Nogoom FC 6-1 in Egypt Cup’s round of 32 as well as Nouadhibou of Mauritania 6-0 in the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup’s group stage.

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Elneny’s Beşiktaş to face Wolverhampton in closing Europa League group stage game https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/12/elnenys-besiktas-to-face-wolverhampton-in-closing-europa-league-group-stage-game/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:46:46 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716462 AS Roma to host Wolfsberg, Manchester United to meet AZ Alkamaar

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The group stage of the UEFA Europa League will come to an end on Thursday with some decisive matches that will determine the qualifiers to the European competition’s knock-out stage.

In Group K, Braga, where Egyptian forward Ahmed Hassan Koka plays, will fly to Slovakia to meet Slovan Bratislava, where the Portuguese will aim to achieve their fourth victory in the competition and confirm their leadership of the group after securing the qualification to the final 16.

Beşiktaş, where Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed Elneny plays, will visit England to face Wolverhampton which also secured their spot in the next stage.

Braga ranks first in the group with 11 points, while Beşiktaş tails the ranking with three points, having lost four games and won once.

Simultaneously, in Group J, AS Roma will host Wolfsberg at Rome’s Olympic Stadium aiming to clinch the three points to ensure their qualification to the next stage as there is a strong competition in this group. In the same group, Borussia Mönchengladbach will host Istanbul Basaksehir in another fierce clash that will define the qualifiers from this group.

Borussia are in first place with eight points in Group J, and Roma are second with eight points too due to goal difference, followed by Basaksehir in third place with seven points. All of them have equal chances to reach the final 16.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will host AZ Alkamaar in the game that will define the top spot of Group L as the former have 10 points and the latter have nine points. In the same group, Partizan will face Astana, but both teams have no chance to qualify as they have five and three points, respectively.

In Group I, Gent will host Oleksandriya at the Ghelamco Arena, while Wolfsburg will host France’s St-Etienne. Gent are leading their group with nine point, followed by Wolfsburg in the 2nd place with eight points.

In Group A, Apoel of Cyprus will fly to Spain to meet Sevilla which are in the first place with 15 points, followed by Apoel with seven points. The Cypriot team need at least get one point to qualify to the last 16. In the same group, Azerbaijan’s Qarabağ will play Luxembourgish F91 Dudelange, where the former must win to keep their qualification chances alive if Apoel lost their next game. Qarabağ have four points in the third place and Dudelange are fourth with three points.

In Group F, Arsenal will fly to  Belgium to face Standard Liège, while Eintracht Frankfurt will meet Vitória SC of Portugal. Both games are decisive in the group, as Arsenal are in first place with 10 points, followed by Eintracht in second with nine points, then Standard Liège in third with seven points, while Vitória are fourth with two points. The first three teams have equal chances of qualification to the last 16.

In Group D, Austria’s LASK will host Sporting Lisbon, and PSV Eindhoven will meet Rosenborg BK. The Dutch team need to win to keep their hopes of qualification alive as they have seven points, while Sporting lead the group with 12 points, and LASK are second with 10 points. Rosenborg are fourth with no points.

In Group G, Glasgow Rangers will host Young Boys of Switzerland at Ibrox Stadium, where both teams must win to go forward in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Porto will host Feyenoord in the same group.

Rangers lead Group G with eight points, followed by Porto in second with seven points, Young Boys are third with seven points too, and finally Feyenoord have five points in the fourth place. It’s a very tough group and all the four teams have equal chances to play in the last 16 stage.

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Al-Sisi honours the Olympic, Squash, Karate, and Paralympic teams https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/08/al-sisi-honours-the-olympic-squash-karate-and-paralympic-teams/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:00:52 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715899 The honouring ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, as well as the presidents and officials of the relevant national sports federations

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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received yesterday the Olympic football team, the national squash team, and the national Karate teams for their latest achievements.

President El-Sisi congratulated the Olympic National Team for the African Nations Youth Championship that qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. The president awarded sports medals to
the National Squash Team who won the Championships for adults and juniors, the National Karate Team Mission that won the World Youth Championship, and the Paralympic National Team mission that participated in the World Championships in Australia, in addition to the technical staff that trained them.

The honouring ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, as well as the presidents and officials of the relevant national sports federations. Bassam Rady, spokesperson for the presidency, said that the president praised the achievements of the champions and their contribution to strengthening Egypt’s position on the regional and international sporting field, stressing his appreciation to Egypt’s athletes for being role models for youth.

In this context, the president directed the provision of the necessary capabilities to the Egyptian athletes’ champions and their full support in order to ensure their continued achievements.

For their part, the honoured athletes expressed their pride in being honoured by the president, which reflects the appreciation and care of the president for distinguished athletes in Egypt, as well as the additional incentive for them to raise the name of Egypt high in sports forums.

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After a landslide win … Ahmed Ismail wins 6th of October club elections https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/02/after-a-landslide-win-ahmed-ismail-wins-6th-of-october-club-elections/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:00:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715445 Ismail expressed his pleasure with overwhelming confidence from the members of the General Assembly, noting that he will make every effort to achieve the aspirations and dreams of the club's members during the upcoming period.

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Member of the Board of Directors of the 6th of October Club, Ahmed Ismail won about 3830 votes for the club’s chairmanship, the highest number of votes in the club’s elections held on Friday.

Ismail expressed his pleasure with overwhelming confidence from the members of the General Assembly, noting that he will make every effort to achieve the aspirations and dreams of the club’s members during the upcoming period.

Ismail stated that he aspires to achieve a real addition to the club, away from false promises, pointing out that 6 October Club is his second home. He expressed that he will not fail its members, adding that he will provide all means of comfort and luxury in addition to upgrading various sports activities in the club.

Because of his work as a doctor specialising in the field of nutrition and obesity treatment, Ismail explained that he seeks to develop a comprehensive programme in the club to fight obesity and promote exercise within the framework of the government’s initiative to bring about a more fit generation.

He stressed that the treatment of obesity in the community is not borne by the Ministry of Health alone; the responsibility of this file must be taken by all sectors in terms of awareness of proper nutrition and exercise, especially for students.

It is worth mentioning that Ismail has won the world championship more than once in speedball.

The assembly of the October 6 Club Council was as follows: Abdel Nasser Khattab as the Club Director, Hossam Younes as Deputy chairperson, and Mohamed Fawzi secretary of the fund.

Over-age members include Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Garhi, Ashraf Hussein, Khaled Ghunaim, and Mohamed Mahmoud Osama Jaafar. Under age members include Omar Hegazy, Ahmed Rabia, and Aya Ali.

The 6th October Court had decided to execute the verdict of the case of the Olympic Committee versus the 6 October Sports club’s board of directors, where it was ruled that the board of directors would be dismantled. The lawsuit was submitted by persons excluded from running in the last elections.

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Wadi Degla opens new horizons for winning international squash titles https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/30/wadi-degla-opens-new-horizons-for-winning-international-squash-titles/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:00:56 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715306 Wadi Degla positioned as world-class club in squash

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Wadi Degla SC is planning to sign promising squash players who showed great potential since their childhood. The club offers quality training under coach Karim Darwish. All these efforts are in partnership with the Commercial International Bank (CIB). Daily News Egypt interviewed two promising talents in the club, Mazen Hisham and Mayar Hany, to learn more about their future plans in the game.

Mazen Hisham

Can you tell us about your start in squash?

I started practicing squash at the age of seven. My brother played squash before I did. This encouraged me to play it like him, and I liked it.

At the age of 10, I started winning local championships. At the age of 13, I began to participate in junior foreign championships, and later when I was 17, I played in the World Junior Squash Championship where I ranked third. Afterwards, I won several competitions, and began to develop my world ranking. I became involved in men’s tournaments. I must point out that not everyone is special in the junior stage. Players experience various situations. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but it is important to continue until you succeed. You may work very hard and reach a high level, but then find yourself in a situation during a match that may cause you to lose.

Is squash a profitable game?

Squash is an expensive and unprofitable game, but this situation changes over the time. As you advance in the ranks and win competitions, it turns into a profitable game and you get sponsors and prizes. You can say it is profitable only for the top-30 ranked players internationally.

What clubs have you played for?

I played for many clubs, such as Al-Shams, Al Ahly, Al-Zouhor, and finally Wadi Degla. I always transfer because of the change of the coach or for a higher offer at a different club.

How was your experience in Wadi Degla?

I have joined Wadi Degla five years ago and my contract expires in June 2020. As a professional player, it is very important for me to be paid appropriately and on time. They give players enough time for proper practice and they provide you with anything you need. If I want to play a friendly with any player from outside the club, there wouldn’t be any problem. All these things make me satisfied with the club.

What is the value of your contract with Wadi Degla?

The value of my contract is very satisfying. I’m very happy in Wadi Degla. The club has turned into a big brand around the squash world. Abroad, they ask me for the club’s shirt.

Do you have your own sponsor?

My personal sponsorship contract does not belong to the CIB, but the bank sponsors the club. It offers us the chance to participate in overseas competitions. It is the best squash sponsor in Egypt.

What about your world ranking?

I now ranks 19th in the world, and I am trying to improve that. I ranked 13th before, but I suffered a severe injury that prevented me from playing for a while, so my ranking dropped to 70th. It wasn’t until recent that I started to make a comeback.

You went through hard situations during your career, can you tell us about the most difficult one?

Unfortunately, I was injured during my career peak. It happened at the Men’s Qatar Classic 2015. At the time, I beat Ali Faraj, the world’s number one now, and made it to the semi-finals. That injury changed everything in my life. I could have become the best player in the world at the time. I was young and the opportunity was great.

What does the Egyptian Squash Association (ESA) offer to you?

The ESA offered me the treatment after my injury. Thanks to their efforts, the Egyptian squash ranked number one internationally.

Have you played for any foreign club?

I played in England for a while. I made good profits there, but Egypt is the best in the world when it comes to squash, so playing in Egypt is better.

What about your personal life?

It is normal. My social life is not that great because of constant playing and traveling abroad. Squash takes all my time. One day, I will get married and start a family, but I will not marry a squash player. I can’t make my personal life and my job the same thing. As for studying, I’m in my senior year at the Arab Academy For Science, Technology & Maritime Transport.

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Mayar Hany

How was your start in squash?

I started playing squash at the age of six. My brother and Mazen Hisham, who is also a family member, played squash before I did. Most of the family was playing squash at the time, so it was normal for me to play squash. At the beginning, I achieved positive results. I won many matches at Al-Shams Club and found great encouragement and support from my family.

During the junior stage, I always ranked first or second in Egypt, and I participated in the British Junior Open Squash where juniors aged 11-19 get to play. I was always among the top five players in that age in Egypt.

I participated in the WSF World Junior Squash Championships at the age of 19 and ranked 8th. Three years ago, I ranked 23rd in the world, but later I dropped to the 30th place now. I’m participating in eight tournaments in the coming year.

What clubs have you played for, and what makes Wadi Degla different?

I Played for Al-Shams Club and Al Ahly. I was trained by coach Karim Darwish in Wadi Degla. He does not only support me in the game, but he also gives all of us the required emotional comfort.

What about your contract with the club?

My contract with Wadi Degla is renewed annually, and our contracts as females do not differ than men’s. They are valued according to the global rankings of each player. Those who are in the top 10 receive higher contracts. To me, my contract is very satisfying. I will certainly continue with the club.

Do you have your own sponsorship?

My current sponsorship is Banque du Caire.

IS squash profitable for you?

Squash needs a lot to become profitable.

Do you feel like squash has deprived you of the things you should be doing at your age?

Squash is the most important thing to me, perhaps it has deprived me of some things, but I certainly try to have a balance in my life.

Do you think of getting married and starting a family while playing squash?

I don’t mind getting married, of course, but I think it is hard to get married and get pregnant while playing squash. I prefer to get married after retirement.

What is your ambition in the game?

I aim to reach the highest possible ranking in the world. I always do my best.

You have a special relationship with world’s number one Raneem El Weleily, can you tell us about it?

Raneem El Weleily is my idol, both in the game and life. I learned from her that morality comes first, and through it, you can reach anything. She is a role model in everything.

What are the most difficult situations you have experienced during your career?

Squash is a difficult game, sometimes you play and you lose, so it is necessary to be patient.

Is there a difference in the competition strength between men and women?

Men’s competitions are much better than women in squash, there can be no comparison, however, the presence of El Weleily and Nour El Sherbini gives great strength to the women’s squash competitions.

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Required infrastructure for 2021 World Handball Championship to be ready next October: Sports Minister https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/26/required-infrastructure-for-2021-world-handball-championship-to-be-ready-next-october-sports-minister/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 07:00:28 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714846 Sobhy said in a Monday press conference held at the ministry that the plan of action for the tournament is going well and expected to be completed next June or July.

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, stressed that the required infrastructure for the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship, to be held in Egypt, will be ready next October.

Sobhy said in a Monday press conference held at the ministry that the plan of action for the tournament is going well and expected to be completed next June or July.

He pointed out that preparation for the championship started in 2018. About 98% of the construction of the indoor hall complex in the New Administrative Capital. Also, construction works are ongoing in the 6th Of October sports complex that contains a new 4,500-capacity indoor hall, a new headquarter for the African Handball Confederation, a hotel, and an academy. Moreover, a sports city is under development in Borg El Arab, of which 50% have been completed, and some renovations are being made to the main hall of the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex and the media centre to suit the big event.

The Minister noted that these development works are undertaken by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

Hesham Nasr, head of the Egyptian Handball Federation, said that the inspection committee of the International Handball Federation expressed its satisfaction with the construction situation of the new sports facilities in the New Administrative Capital and Cairo.

Hassan Mostafa, head of the International Handball Federation, said in a video conference that the report of the inspection committee on the construction situation has not been presented to the federation yet, but he read it, “was not positive.”

Mostafa said he will form a new inspection committee to follow up on the new sports halls.

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AFCON qualifiers: Egypt to face Kenya in first official game under El-Badry https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/14/afcon-qualifiers-egypt-to-face-kenya-in-first-official-game-under-el-badry/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:45:47 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713885 Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah ruled out of the match for injury

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All eyes in Egypt will turn to Borg El Arab Stadium on Thursday where Egypt take on Kenya in the beginning of their campaign to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 to be held in Cameroon.

Egypt’s Coach Hossam El-Badry aims to make an impression in the national team’s first official game under his leadership. Of Course, El-Badri eyes victory over Kenya to secure their qualification group’s top place, especially as Egypt will fly abroad later on 18 November to face Comoros in their second match in the qualifiers.

However, El-Badry fears that the Egyptian fans will not be able to attend the game because the Egyptian Olympic team will meet Cameroon simultaneously in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations currently held in Egypt.

El-Badry held intensive meetings with the coaching staff to settle on the best formation and squad that can achieve the victory and present a satisfying performance in the kick-off of the men’s AFCON qualifiers. He was keen to motivate his players and encourage them to do their best in this match, especially as the Pharaohs presented a poor performance in their previous two friendly matches against Botswana and Liberia.

El-Badry has a strong squad of high-quality players, notably Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah. Although Salah was ruled out of the game for injury, but he insisted to join the team for fear of being accused of unwillingness to play for Egypt on the back of his dispute with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), after the Association’s ex-board failed to vote for Salah in FIFA’s Best awards.

The Liverpool star, who finished fourth in the Men’s Best Player award, had raised alarms of a possible withdrawal from Egypt’s national team after removing all references on his social media accounts.

Meanwhile, El-Badry has not yet decided on the formation of the team, especially as he was not satisfied with the performance of the forward trio in the last two friendlies against Botswana and Liberia, according to an official source within the national team. The trio includes Ahmed Gomaa, Hossam Hassan, and Marwan Hamdi.

According to sources, Al Ahly’s star Mohamed Magdy Afsha is close to lead the attacking midfield line of the team against Kenya instead of Abdullah El-Saeed, who was excluded from the squad following El-Badry’s decision not to include any player from Pyramids FC after the club refused to send his players Ragab Bakkar, Mohamed Hamdy, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Farouk, Abdullah El-Saeed, and Islam Issa for the national duty.

Goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy will maintain his place in the Egyptian team against Kenya after his excellent performance in the training sessions.

Closed meeting between El-Badry and Salah

Meanwhile, El-Badry held a closed meeting with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the presence of Mohamed Barakat, manager of the national team, on Wednesday during the Pharaohs’ training camp in preparation for Kenya.

El-Badry was keen to check on the player’s situation and readiness for first appearance under the new coaching staff. Barakat discussed the marketing rights of the player to avoid conflict with his sponsoring company for fear of repeating the problems that have occurred before, in a way that guarantees the rights of both the player and the national team.

 

 

Egypt vs Kenya

Played: 22 games

Egypt win: 18

Kenya win: 1

Draw: 3

Egypt scored: 48 goals

Kenya scored: 14 goals

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Egypt to host Liberia for friendly ahead of men’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/08/egypt-to-host-liberia-for-friendly-ahead-of-mens-2021-afcon-qualifiers/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:06:20 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713378 Egypt will start the qualifiers facing Kenya and Comoros on 14 and 18 November, respectively.

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Egyptian national football team will play its Liberian counterpart in a friendly on Thursday at Borg El-Arab Stadium as a part of the team’s preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. The Thursday match will witness 10,000 spectators.

Egypt will start the qualifiers facing Kenya and Comoros on 14 and 18 November, respectively.

Pharaohs new coach Hossam El-Badry earlier requested of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to play a friendly in order to better prepare his players, especially those playing with local clubs, for the qualifiers.

It will be El-Badry’s second match as leader of the Egyptian national team. He strives to restore the public confidence in the team after its disgraceful exit from the round of 16 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Egypt recently. After the 2019 AFCON, the EFA sacked the whole coaching staff of the national team, led by Mexican Javier Aguirre. Moreover, the EFA’s Board of Directors, under Hany Abou Rida, resigned.

Pharaohs’ first game under El-Badri was a friendly against Botswana, in which the Egyptian team barely won 1-0. The coach is expected to add new players to his squad from the local league, and may make some changes to the team’s formation.

Some of the players that El-Badri relies on will miss the Libera’s match, such as Ramadan Sobhy and Mostafa Mohamed, who joined the Olympic team that participates in the U-23 AFCON that will start on Friday in Egypt.

Daily News Egypt was informed by a source close to El-Badri that he will rely on players from Al Ahly and Zamalek in the next game.

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10 cameras to relay U-23 AFCON in Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/07/10-cameras-to-relay-u-23-afcon-in-egypt/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:18:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713386 Meanwhile, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad arrived to Cairo on Tuesday evening to follow up on the last preparations for the tournament that will kick off on Friday.

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To capture the action from multiple angles, Egypt has deployed as many as 10 cameras in both stadiums hosting the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations to be held on 8–22 November.

Meanwhile, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad arrived to Cairo on Tuesday evening to follow up on the last preparations for the tournament that will kick off on Friday.

He was briefed by the organising committee on its arrangements for the opening ceremony to be watched by millions of football fans around the world.

Ahmad held several meetings with the organising committee and Amr El Ganainy, acting chairperson of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), which supervises the tournament.

He also sat with the CAF Referees’ Committee and asked them to do their best in the tournament to avoid any mistakes that might affect the competition.

The CAF invited several African football stars to attend the opening ceremony of the tournament, including Uganda former international player Edgar Watson.

The opening match will be held between Egypt and Mali at 7pm Friday (Cairo Time), to be preceded by the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, two groups were formed to direct the tournament for live television broadcast. The first is headed by director Mohamed Nasr and will direct the games to be held at the Cairo Stadium starting from the opening match. The second group is headed by Hisham Abdel Wadoud, and will direct the matches of to be held at El Salam Stadium. Also, the opening ceremony will be direct for TV by Emad El Ghoul.

Meanwhile, an operations room was formed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to follow the games and related arrangements. The operations room includes representatives of concerned ministries to deal with any problem that may arise before or during the tournament.

The Sports Ministry is keen to make this tournament a success, especially after the ministry’s great experience in organising the previous Men’s AFCON hosted by Egypt from 21 June to 19 July 2019.

Moreover, the Sports Ministry Ashraf Sobhy moved his office to Cairo Stadium to follow closely the tournament.

The U-23 AFCON includes eight teams divided into two groups, where Egypt is placed in Group A. Egypt will play Mali on 8 November in the opening game, then Ghana on 11 November, and Cameroon on 14 November. Cairo Stadium will host the first group matches.

For Group B, it includes Nigeria, Zambia, Ivory Coast, and South Africa. The El Salam Stadium will host the second group matches.

The top three teams of U-23 AFCON will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This year’s tournament is the third edition. The previous editions were hosted by Morocco and Senegal.

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Sharmoofers, Nesma Mahgoub to perform at U-23 AFCON’s opening ceremony https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/04/sharmoofers-nesma-mahgoub-to-perform-at-u-23-afcons-opening-ceremony/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:45:20 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713008 The U-23 AFCON includes eight teams divided into two groups, where Egypt is placed in Group A. Egypt will play Mali on 8 November in the opening game, then Ghana on 11 November, and Cameroon on 14 November. Cairo Stadium will host the first group matches.

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Egypt’s Sharmoofers band and singer Nesma Mahgoub will perform in the opening ceremony of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will be held in Egypt on 8-22 November, according to Presentation Sports, the organiser of the ceremony.

The U-23 AFCON includes eight teams divided into two groups, where Egypt is placed in Group A. Egypt will play Mali on 8 November in the opening game, then Ghana on 11 November, and Cameroon on 14 November. Cairo Stadium will host the first group matches.

For Group B, it includes Nigeria, Zambia, Ivory Coast, and South Africa. The El Salam Stadium will host the second group matches.

The top three teams of U-23 AFCON will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This year’s tournament is the third edition. The previous editions were hosted by Morocco and Senegal.

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Why five African players were shortlisted for Ballon d’Or? https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/03/why-five-african-players-were-shortlisted-for-ballon-dor/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:48:33 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712874 Salah scored a decisive goal in UCL final, Mahrez won AFCON, says France Football

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Africa now dreams of repeating George Weah’s achievement of winning the Ballon d’Or after five African players were nominated for the award this year for the first time.

The five Africans shortlisted for the prestigious honour are Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Senegal’s Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Mali’s Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal). All of them were nominated before, except Koulibaly.

France Football revealed its reasoning for each nominee of the 30-man list, based on the vision of the publication’s editorial board, which was mere guidelines for the award jury to select the winning players.

Each voting journalist picks top five players from within the 30-man shortlist and then proceed to rank them based on descending order of merit.

The top-ranking player from each journalist’s selection will receive six points, with the second-ranking player earning four points, then three, two and one going down from the rest of their top five picks.

For Mohamed Salah, the magazine highlighted that he scored a decisive goal in the UEFA Champions League final to win the title. Less regular than in 2018, his movement and teamwork have improved nonetheless. Was joint-top scorer in the English Premier League (EPL).

Salah was nominated last year for the award after presenting an exceptional season with Liverpool, but he came sixth in the final standings.

For Sadio Mané, France Football described him as a fierce forward. It’s hard to pick his best quality: speed, technique, impact, duels, hard work, stamina, etc. He presented an exceptional year with Liverpool. He always helps his teammates in defence line. He also led his country to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

Mané was nominated twice for the award, and ranked 23rd in 2017 and 22nd in 2018.

For Riyad Mahrez, the magazine believes the Algerian lion has been developing over years since his debut in EPL in 2014, and gained huge experience. He won the EPL title with Manchester City last season. He’s still a wild card for the Citizens, but he offers different solutions than the other City forwards. Mahrez was the captain of the Algeria team that won the AFCON 2019. The magazine also highlighted the player’s coach Pep Guardiola’s praise of his remarkable moves on the pitch.

Mahrez was nominated for the award in 2016 when he led Leicester City to win the EPL, but he finished seventh in the final standings.

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CIB honours winners of PSA Women’s World Championship, Egyptian Squash Open https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/02/cib-honours-winners-of-psa-womens-world-championship-egyptian-squash-open/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 18:19:10 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712801 For the first time in the history of the game, the total women’s tournament awards reached $430,000, higher than its counterpart for men, which totalled $185,000.

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Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, chairperson and managing director of Commercial International Bank – Egypt (CIB), has honoured the winners of PSA Women’s World Championship and Egyptian Squash Open 2019, which was held from 24 October to 1 November in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

The two tournaments witnessed the dominance of Egyptian players, harvesting the first places in both championships, as World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad won the CIB Egyptian Squash Open, and the reigning champion Nour El Sherbini won the PSA Women’s World Championship.

Both tournaments were organised by IEvents under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Egyptian Tourism Authority.

For the first time in the history of the game, the total women’s tournament awards reached $430,000, higher than its counterpart for men, which totalled $185,000.

Ezz Al-Arab praised the outstanding organisation of the championships, in which 112 players participated from 20 countries, including 64 women and 48 men.

He emphasised the interest of CIB Egypt in developing the Egyptian society and supporting the sports role in promoting tourism in Egypt, which also shows that the country is capable of organising and hosting international events.

He added that increasing the value of the prize for the women’s tournament proves the bank’s support of women and equality.

Hussein Abaza, CEO of CIB, said the bank’s sponsorship of squash is not just about holding world championships, but it has been supporting the Egyptian Squash Association for eight consecutive years also.

Amr Mansi, tournament director and CEO of IEVENTS, expressed his pride after the successful organisation of the event and the large turnout it has witnessed.

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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah among 30 players competing for 2019 Ballon d’Or https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/01/egypts-mohamed-salah-among-30-players-competing-for-2019-ballon-dor/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:41:38 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712730 A group of 195 journalists participate in the award voting

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France Football magazine has started receiving the ballots of world journalists over the winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or after the magazine named the 30 contenders for the prestigious individual prize on 21 October, while Egyptian star Moahmed Salah and regular award rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made the list:

A jury of 195 journalists representing a variety of footballing nations is given the task of voting for the players they deem worthy of first, second and third place. Voting started on the following day of announcement and will end on 8 November.

The voting journalists will also vote for the Women’s award and the inaugural Yashin Trophy given to the best goalkeeper. Meanwhile, past winners of the Ballon d’Or will cast votes for the Kopa Trophy, given to the top under-21 player on the planet.

Each voting journalist picks top five players from within the 30-man shortlist and then proceed to rank them based on descending order of merit.

The top-ranking player from each journalist’s selection will receive six points, with the second-ranking player earning four points, then three, two and one going down from the rest of their top five picks.

The player with most points will win the award in a ceremony organised by the magazine on 2 December in Paris.

In the event of a tie for first place, however, the players are determined by the number of times they are voted in first place. If the tie still stands, then the tie-breaker will consider the number of votes for second place, and then by the number of votes for third place.

If the tie continues, then a new ballot is organised to select a winner between the tied players.

If, after all of this, a winner is still unable to be named, then the France Football editorial director – as chairperson of the jury – will be called upon to make an ultimate decision.

Selection criteria

There are three rules and regulations that the jury will need to follow to choose and rank their top five selections; the individual and collective performances (winners) during the year, the player class (talent and fair play), and the overall judgment of the player’s career.

Candidates for the 2019 award

The magazine has divided the 30-man shortlist into six groups, each of five players, according to the order of nomination:

Group A

Dušan Tadić (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), and Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur).

Group B

Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), and Donny van de Beek (Ajax).

Group C

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Alison Becker (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), and Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Group D

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Group E

Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Riad Mehrez and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Group F

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), and Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid).

History of the prize

It is an annual football award presented by France Football since 1956. However, between 2010 and 2015, the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year, and known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or. The partnership ended in 2016 and the award reverted to the Ballon d’Or.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the award a record five times each. The prize was awarded to several outperforming players, starting with the English Stanley Matthews in 1956 through Croatian Luka Modrić in 2018.

Due to the participation of a large number of journalists in the selection of the best awards, the magazine is keen to choose who did not participate in choosing FIFA World Player winner, so as to diversify the choices and prevent recurrence. This year’s nominations include nine players who have been also nominated in the FIFA World Player award, which was claimed by Van Dijk, while the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah ranked fifth.

Last year’s winner

The French national team’s results in the 2018 World Cup qualified some Frenchmen to be nominated for the 2018 Ballon d’Or which was eventually awarded to Croatian Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) who led his national team to win the World Cup. Ronaldo ranked second and Antoine Griezmann came third, followed by Kylian Mbappé, Messi, and Salah.

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Diligence and talent helped me to be World No. 1 in squash: Raneem El-Welily https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/01/diligence-and-talent-helped-me-to-be-world-no-1-in-squash-raneem-el-welily/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:30:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712677 I have achieved 23 titles and the World Championships are the most important to me

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When she hit the ball for the very first time, she knew that squash is what she is meant for. Fascinated by the game since she was just six years old, Squash Champion Raneem Al-Welily paved her way to become the world’s number one Squash player.

In light of the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship 2019-2020 and CIB Egyptian Squash Open taking place at Pyramids of Giza from October 24 – November 1, Daily News Egypt met with the Wadi Degla champion to learn more about her journey, the squash field, and future expectations.

First, tell us how your story started with squash?

I have been practicing squash since I was six. My brother also played squash a year before me. Racket games always attract children. When I was watching my brother playing, I really wanted to try it, so his coach allowed me. When I hit the ball for the very first time, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

How did your athletic career come about since then?

I participated in many local tournaments in Cairo and Alexandria with Alexandria Sporting Club. The game was not famous at the time. At the age of nine, I traveled to participate in the British Junior Open Squash for the first time, and I managed to win second place. I participated in many tournaments since then. When I was 13, I participated in the U19 WSF World Junior Squash Championships in 2001, a milestone in my career. Then, I participated in more local tournaments. At the international level, I played three overseas tournaments, and the Egyptian Squash Association supported me at the time. When I reached the age of 16, I won the U19 WSF World Junior Squash Championship, and secured the second place in the same tournament when I was 18. This made me feel that I achieved something special.

How was the transition from junior to women competitions?

When I was applying for universities, my family decided to move from Alexandria to Cairo, which affected my career.

The game in Egypt was also going through a difficult stage after the retirement of outstanding players. I was enrolled in a university in Cairo and played for Heliopolis club in 2008. I was not successful in the foreign tournaments I was participating in. It was until early 2009, when I was able to make remarkable progress in my career.

What does it mean to you to reach top rankings and win world championships?

I am now 30 years old and have won more than 23 tournaments, but the World Championships remain the most important to me. I managed to win in 2017, as it is any athlete’s dream. Eventually, I was able to rank first globally in 2015, and I was the first Egyptian to occupy this rank in any sport. I did not realize the importance of that achievement at the time, but now I see that I made a great achievement. There were ups and downs and it was a long journey that I enjoyed a lot.

Raneem El-Welily

What about your future plans?

I don’t have future plans. I always take it one day at a time, and make sure I do my best.

Every great journey has its ups and downs, can you tell us more about the challenges that you faced in your career?

There are always difficult times for any athlete. I used to call them “black moments”. For me, these periods always push me to do better. I always adjust my plan to prepare for better things. I have always seen the Malaysian professional squash player Nicol David as a puzzle, given that she has been able to achieve over the years. She is a true legend.

Do you see yourself as a legend?

I don’t see myself as a legend. I don’t think about it. I keep telling myself that I won the World Championship and that’s what I want.

Do you feel that you have deprived yourself of things compared to others your age?

I feel that I have lived a beautiful life that I have been happy with. I have made sacrifices for sure, but in return, I have achieved great things.

What about your personal life outside squash?

I am married. My husband is Tarek Mom’en, the world No. 3 in squash. We have a wonderful life. We play the same game and have the same schedules. We travel together for tournaments, we endure the stresses of life together, and this makes it easier for us in a lot of things. For me, family and friends are the most important. As long as I did my best, then I am very happy. With regards to raising children, it will happen at the right time. Some can give birth and go back to playing and others can’t. I believe that whatever I do, I should be 100% focused. Having children is a responsibility, not an easy decision.

Do you train with your husband?

No, we don’t train together. There is a big difference between our levels. Of course, men are physically stronger and faster. I can beat players at the age of 17. I can compete with those who are 19 years old, but other than that would be difficult.

Moving between Sporting, Heliopolis, and Wadi Degla clubs, what’s the difference you noticed between them?

At some point, I discovered that the clubs are mainly social, making you deal with the entire management board. I just want to play without going into details and approvals from the board regarding my contracts.

What does Wadi Degla offer you?

Wadi Degla brings me psychological comfort, which makes any athlete productive. The club offers me quality trainings under coach Karim Darwish, and we rely on him completely. I ranked first when I played for Wadi Degla. I aim to continue with the club, as I’m happy there.

Tell us more about your Commercial International Bank (CIB) sponsorship contract?

My contract with the CIB is linked to my contract with Wadi Degla. They offer me moral and media support.

Is squash a profitable game?

Squash is profitable for the top ten players in the world ranking only, as long as you are still playing, not after retirement.

You will compete in the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza, what does that mean to you?

I was dreaming of the return to the Pyramids tournament. It is a new challenge for me. I used to watch former squash legend Ahmed Barada playing and observe the interaction of the spectators in the tournament. It was a great experience. I used to travel from Alexandria to watch him. I did not expect that I would play one day at the same place.

What do you expect of the competition in the tournament?

I expect a heated competition from everyone, and from the first game. Draws will definitely dominate the tournament. For the PSA Men’s World Championship, I hope my husband Tarek Momen wins the championship.

What do you think helped you to be World No. 1?

When I was young, they told me that I was talented in squash, but talent alone is not enough. There must be diligence beside talent. Diligence cannot make something without talent, but talent and diligence together can do everything.

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Tazkarti sets ticket limit of 6 per account holder in U-23 AFCON https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/30/tazkarti-sets-ticket-limit-of-6-per-account-holder-in-u-23-afcon/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 21:04:14 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712549 The U-23 AFCON tickets can be booked through the company’s application headed by Montaser Al-Nabarawi. The company allocated an operation room to follow the process of selling the tickets led by the duo Ahmed Refaey and Ahmed Obada.

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Tazkarti company, which is responsible for selling match tickets in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Egypt on 8-22 November, has decided that each person with Fan ID can buy maximum six tickets per game in the tournament.

The U-23 AFCON tickets can be booked through the company’s application headed by Montaser Al-Nabarawi. The company allocated an operation room to follow the process of selling the tickets led by the duo Ahmed Refaey and Ahmed Obada.

Tazkarti has successfully applied its ticketing system in the Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt earlier this year.

For the U-23 championship, it includes eight teams divided into two groups. Egypt was placed in Group A, where it will play the opening game against Mali on 8 November, Ghana on 11 November, and Cameroon on 14 November. Cairo International Stadium will host Group A games, while El Salam Stadium will host Group B matches, including Nigeria, Zambia, Ivory Coast, and South Africa.

The organising committee of the U-23 AFCON, chaired by Amr El-Ganainy, has assigned Presentation Sport the organisation rights of the tournament’s opening ceremony.

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Novavera begins trial production of its football factory in Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/29/novavera-begins-trial-production-of-its-football-factory-in-egypt/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:58:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712367 Company to export 1,000 balls to Turki Al-Sheikh’s UD Almeria, says Al-Assyouti

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Novavera Sport started the trail production of its football factory in Egypt, exporting 1,000 balls to the Spanish club UD Almeria, owned by the Chairperson of the Saudi Entertainment Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh.

Mahmoud Al-Assiouty, chairperson of the company, told Daily News Egypt that the deal was made upon Al-Sheikh’s desire to support the Egyptian industry. The balls trademarked under Tempo bears the UD Almeria slogan. He added that the official opening of the factory will be next month.

He pointed out that the new ball will be available soon in the markets, and the company is trying to provide the highest quality possible at the lowest price, noting that the official ball for the Egyptian Premier League will not exceed EGP 950.

He noted that negotiations with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) are continuing, in terms of obtaining the rights to the unified ball for local tournaments.

The EFA has received two offers to sponsor the local league with a unified ball, the first from Novavera Sport licensed in Austria and the European Union, which produces a ball brand Tempo certified by FIFA, and the second from Goal marketing company that owns the agency of Sporta in Egypt.

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Youth Ministry considers launching sports university, race track in Sixth of October https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/28/youth-ministry-considers-launching-sports-university-race-track-in-sixth-of-october/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 06:30:02 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712271 Local and foreign investors inspected the project’s site

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports is considering the establishment of a sports university and motor race track in partnership with the private sector, under the usufruct system, within the Sports City project in the Sixth of October city.

A government source told Daily News Egypt that the project will also include a covered lounge, a training and leisure swimming pool complex, a water park, a commercial area, restaurants, an outdoor playground complex, a squash complex, a bowling alley, a ski resort, a hotel, and a fitness complex.

It will also have a running track, cycling track, social spaces, green spaces, a number of car parks, a sports medicine unit, a cinema complex, a cinema for cars, a business and financial services area, an open theatre for concerts and festivals, a pool hall for billiards and table tennis and arcade games, conference rooms, and wedding halls.

The source pointed out that Egyptian, UAE, and Kuwaiti investors, as well as German investors, inspected the project’s site, and discussed with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, the necessary measures to start the project.

The area allocated for the project is 70 feddan with a market value of EGP 1.42bn.

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Sports Minister mediates to end Cairo derby’s dispute https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/24/sports-minister-mediates-to-end-cairo-derbys-dispute/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:27:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712034 Meanwhile, the EFA officials said that a CAF committee will visit Egypt next week to inspect the Cairo and El Salam stadiums to ensure their readiness to host the U-23 AFCON.

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, mediated to end the dispute that erupted recently due to the postponement of the Cairo derby match between Al Ahly and Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League, which was scheduled to be held last Saturday.

The minister contacted the officials of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to find a solution that satisfies all parties, as well as postpone the local league during the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be played between 8-22 November. The tournament will determine which three African teams will compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament in Japan.

Meanwhile, the EFA officials said that a CAF committee will visit Egypt next week to inspect the Cairo and El Salam stadiums to ensure their readiness to host the U-23 AFCON.

In a different note, the Egyptian national team coaching staff, led by Hossam El-Badry, have settled on a list of 40 players from which they can make selections for the upcoming 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros. The Pharaohs are hosting Kenya on 14 November, then flying to face Comoros on 18 November.

The national team director Mohamed Barakat pointed out that the coaching staff wants to play a friendly match on 8 or 7 November to avoid conflicting with the opening of the U-23 AFCON, noting that they addressed Djibouti and Liberia, but none of them has replied yet.

Hossam El-Zanaty, head of the competitions committee of the EFA, will meet the national team’s coaching staff on Thursday to coordinate the match’s timing.

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CAF Champions League: Zamalek to host Senegal’s Génération Foot, eyeing spot in group stage  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/24/caf-champions-league-zamalek-to-host-senegals-generation-foot-eyeing-spot-in-group-stage/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:23:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712028 Zamalek need to win this game, as they lost 2-1 in the first leg.

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Egypt’s Zamalek will face Senegal’s Génération Foot at 8 pm (Cairo time) on Thursday in the second leg of their 32-round game in the CAF Champions League.

Zamalek need to win this game, as they lost 2-1 in the first leg.

The second leg was set to take place in the Petrosport stadium in Cairo on 28 September. However, just 24 hours before kick-off CAF informed Generation Foot that the game will be played on 29 September for security reasons.

They were then told that the venue was changed to Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria. In response, the Senegalese side was outraged and chose to not participate in the encounter. As a result, CAF decided to replay the game on Thursday, 24 October in Cairo as per Generation Foot’s demands.

The winner of the match will qualify for the group stage of the tournament, namely Group A which also includes Angola’s C.D. Primeiro de Agosto, ZESCO United of Zambia, Congolese TP Mazembe.

Zamalek enter the game with high morale after beating Al Mokawloon Al Arab 2-1 in the Egyptian Premier League. The club’s officials have pledged special rewards for the players in case of winning to motivate them.

Zamalek’s coaching staff, led by Serbian Micho, was keen to hold intensive sessions with the players in preparation for the game.

Zamalek’s medical staff announced the readiness of the trio Omar Al-Saeed, Abdullah Gomaa, and Mohamed Abdelghani to participate in the game after they missed Al Mokawloon match for injury.

Noteworthy, the security will allow 5,000 fans to attend the game.

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Elneny’s Beşiktaş to face Koka’s Braga in UEFA Europa League’s group stage https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/24/elnenys-besiktas-to-face-kokas-braga-in-uefa-europa-leagues-group-stage/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:23:19 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712026 AS Roma to clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Manchester United to meet Partizan

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The third round of the group stage of the UEFA Europa League will kick off on Thursday.

In Group K, Braga, where Egyptian forward Ahmed Hassan Koka plays, will fly to Istanbul to meet Beşiktaş, where another Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed Elneny plays, at the Vodafone Park.

Braga ranks second in the group with four points, while Beşiktaş tails the ranking with no points, having lost two games.

Simultaneously, AS Roma will host Borussia Mönchengladbach at Rome’s Olympic Stadium aiming to revive their strong performances in the continental competition.

Roma are in first place with four points in Group J, while Borussia are fourth with one point.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will fly to Belgrade to meet Partizan, eyeing the top spot of their group as both teams have four points. Manchester United drew with AZ Alkmaar in the last round of Group L, while Partizan beat Astana in the same round. Also, Astana will face AZ Alkmaar at the Kyocera Stadium.

In Group I, Gent will host Germany’s Wolfsburg in a tough clash at the Ghelamco Arena. Wolfsburg are leading their group with four point, beating Gent on goal difference.

In Group A, Sevilla will face Luxembourgish F91 Dudelange at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. In the same group, Qarabağ will play Apoel of Cyprus. Sevilla are in first place with six points, followed by Qarabağ with three points, then F91 Dudelange in third with three points, and finally Apoel with no points.

In Group F, Arsenal will host Vitória SC of Portugal at the Emirates Stadium. In the same group, Belgium’s Standard Liège will play Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena. Arsenal are in first place with six points, followed by Standard Liège in second with three points, then Eintracht in third with also three points, while Vitória are fourth with no points.

In Group D, Sporting Lisbon will host Rosenborg BK at the Jose Alvalade Stadium, while Austria’s LASK will fly to the Netherlands to meet PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch team leads Group D with six points from two wins, followed by Sporting Lisbon with three points, while LASK are third with also three points, and Rosenborg are fourth with no points.

In Group G, Glasgow Rangers will face Porto, and Young Boys of Switzerland will host Feyenoord.

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Egypt Gymnastics Federation prepares to host the Pharaohs Aerobic Championship in Hurghada https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/20/egypt-gymnastics-federation-prepares-to-host-the-pharaohs-aerobic-championship-in-hurghada/ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:00:18 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711476 A great dream for Egypt Gymnastics Federation is to host international and regional tournaments: Federation Head

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The Egypt Gymnastics Federation is finalising its preparations for the first International Pharaohs Championship for Aerobic Gymnastics in Hurghada, Red Sea governorate on 1 November.

Headed by Ehab Amin, the gymnastics federation decided to hold the championship in the covered hall in Hurghada, in a new tradition to hold international and continental championships outside Cairo and Alexandria.

A delegation from the federation visited the covered hall in Hurghada to get acquainted with the hall’s latest preparations and its readiness to host the international aerobic gymnastics championship and its guests.

The committees of the tournament are expected to be announced in the next few days.

The tournament is an important tourist activity that attracts the attention of a large number of tourists to the Red Sea Governorate, in addition to beach tourism and conferences.

Continentally and internationally, Egypt has been enjoying great success in gymnastics after receiving distinguished results achieved by the different teams, especially after Egyptian gymnast Abu Al-Qasim took home gold at the World Championships recently held in France.

In order to continue this momentum in the world of gymnastics, the International federation has approved Egypt as the next host for the World Cup of artistic gymnastics for men and women in 2020.

Amin told Daily New Egypt that what is happening now was a big dream for the federation, enabling them to host international and continental championships.

He noted that there is great support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, headed by Ashraf Sobhy, when the federation lacked some equipment.

He added that the federation was able to keep abreast of global developments and events happening in gymnastics within a short period of time.

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US confirms participation in Egypt-invented speed-ball world championship https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/14/us-confirms-participation-in-egypt-invented-speed-ball-world-championship/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:06:20 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710945 Walid Hanna, head of the American Federation of Speedball, affirmed the participation of the US speedball team among 25 other countries in the 31st edition of the world tournament.

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The International Speedball Federation has received a letter from the American Federation of Speedball’s confirming its debut participation in the speed-ball world championship to be hosted by France in October.

Walid Hanna, head of the American Federation of Speedball, affirmed the participation of the US speedball team among 25 other countries in the 31st edition of the world tournament.

Speed-ball is a racquet sport invented in Egypt in 1961 by Mohamed Lotfy, who obtained the game’s patent in 1962 from Egypt. He also gained the United States and European countries’ recognition of the game in 1972.

The International Speedball Federation is based in Cairo and chaired by Ahmed Lotfy. Egypt has been dominating the game since its inception. Egypt won the last world speed-ball championship, held in Kuwait, for men and youth, collecting 12 gold medals and two silvers. 

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