Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sun, 23 Feb 2020 10:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Al Ahly play Zamalek for Egypt Super Cup in Abu Dhabi https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/19/al-ahly-play-zamalek-for-egypt-super-cup-in-abu-dhabi/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:37:44 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722569 It will be Al Ahly’s Swiss coach René Weiler’s second Super Cup with the team after he winning the previous edition in September 2019 in Alexandria.

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Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host on Thursday the Egypt Super Cup between Al Ahly and Zamalek. This the fourth time the UAE is hosting the competition, having organised it in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

It will be Al Ahly’s Swiss coach René Weiler’s second Super Cup with the team after he winning the previous edition in September 2019 in Alexandria.

Weiler picked 25 players to participate in the game: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed El Shennawy, Ali Lotfy, Rami Rabiaa, Mahmoud Metwally, Yasser Ibrahim, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Hani, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Hossam Ashour, Amr El-Soulia, Aliou Dieng, Mohamed Magdy (Afsha), Hussein El-Shahat, Geraldo, Junior Ajayi, Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim (Kahraba), Walid Soleiman, Marwan Mohsen, Aliou Badji, Mahmoud Waheed, and Ahmed Al-Sheikh.

Ramadan Sobhi has been on the sidelines for several weeks due to an injury and the Thursday game against Zamalek may witness his return.

Al Ahly President Mahmoud El-Khatib met the players before traveling to the UAE. He said that winning the Super Cup would push the team forward before their clash with South African Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League on 29 February at Cairo International Stadium. Al Ahly promised EGP 40,000 rewards for each player if they won the title.

On the other side, Zamalek’s morale is sky high after they won the CAF Super Cup last week at the expense of ES Tunis. The White Knights lost the Egypt Super Cup to rivals Al Ahly last year, so it’s expected to be intense this year.

Zamalek’s French Patrice Carteron picked 27 players for the game: Mahmoud Gensh, Mohamad Abu Gabal, Mohamed Awad, Mohamed Sobhi, Abdullah Gomaa, Mohamed Abd El-Shafi, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud al-Wensh, Mohamed Abdel Ghany, Mohamed Abd Al-Salam, Hazem Imam, Ahmad Eid, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Hassan, Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Youssef Obama, Mostafa Fathi, Shikabala, Karim Bambo, Achraf Bencharki, Mohamed Ounajem, Mohamed Antar, Islam Gaber, Mostafa Mohamed, Kabongo Kasongo, and Omar Al Saeed.

Zamalek President Mortada Mansour motivated the players and promised them exceptional awards if they won the Super Cup.

Al Ahly won Egypt Super Cup 11 times in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, while Zamalek won it three times in 2001, 2002, and 2016.

Special clash between Cairo rivals’ goalkeepers

Zamalek’s goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal is expected to play the team’s next game against Al Ahly in the Egypt Super Cup on Thursday, after his impressive performance in the CAF Super Cup and the Egyptian Premier League.

Abu Gabal seized this rare chance and gained the confidence of the technical staff and fans as the first and second goalkeepers Mahmoud Genesh and Mohamed Awad were absent for weeks due to an injury of the former and fluctuated performance of the latter.

Abu Gabal looks forward to winning his first Egypt Super Cup title and add it to the CAF Super Cup Zamalek won a few days ago.

On the other side, Al Ahly’s goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy has been playing consistently with the Red Devils and presented a fantastic performance, keeping his sheet clean in many games. He has been a key element in Al Ahly’s qualification into the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

If Al Ahly won on Thursday, it would be El Shennawy’s third Super Cup with the team.

Fierce midfield battle between Tarek Hamed, Aliou Dieng

Midfield players of Al Ahly and Zamalek will have a strong encounter at the Egypt Super Cup on Thursday. Both teams have significant midfielders, most notably Tarek Hamed in Zamalek and Aliou Dieng in Al Ahly.

Hamed has so far been nothing short of excellent as Zamalek’s midfielder. He has made himself a key player for his club and forced his way into Egypt’s national team.

Hamed operates as a defensive midfielder and his game is based on raw power that can leave defenders trailing in his wake. He is solidly built and uses his strength to great effect, while also demonstrating impressive acceleration when running with the ball. He helped his team win the CAF Confederation Cup last year and the CAF Super Cup.

Aliou Dieng is widely regarded as one of the best in Al Ahly’s squad. The young Malian has been a roaring success since moving to the Red Devils last July from MC Algiers, and looks set to be a major figure in African football for some time to come. He uses his skill to great effect to create chances for both himself and teammates, besides his high interception rate and rare miss passes.

Dieng’s strength lies in his ability to blend deftness of touch with his imposing physique as he seeks to dominate the centre of the pitch. It is a balance that, as he gathers experience, is becoming increasingly easier to maintain.

If Al Ahly won on Thursday, it would be Dieng’s second Super Cup with the team.

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UEFA Champions League: defending champions Liverpool clash with Atletico Madrid https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/18/uefa-champions-league-defending-champions-liverpool-clash-with-atletico-madrid/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:38:38 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722375 Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Spanish capital Madrid will witness the first leg of Atletico’s fierce clash with the Reds, while the second leg will be played at Anfield Stadium on 11 March.

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The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is back into action on Tuesday when the last-16 ties get under way. Atletico Madrid will host defending champions Liverpool, and at the same time, Borussia Dortmund will host Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Signal Iduna Park in what can be described as the most possible entertaining tie of the round.

Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Spanish capital Madrid will witness the first leg of Atletico’s fierce clash with the Reds, while the second leg will be played at Anfield Stadium on 11 March.

Liverpool’s German coach Jürgen Klopp is known for applying high-pressure in the opponent’s half through the 3-3-4 formation, which always results in creating many opportunities and successful interceptions. Klopp used this mechanism in the 2018 UCL final against Real Madrid, as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino isolated the defence line of the Spanish team, to the point where the latter were forced to make long passes that eventually fell into the hands of the Reds.

On the other side, Atletico’s Argentine coach Diego Simeone will do his best to get a positive result in the game to compensate the team’s setback in the La Liga.

Simeone will apply tight defence to restrict the Brazilian Firmino, being an important player in Klopp’s tactics.

The two teams met four times before, twice in the UCL and twice in the Europa League, where each team won once and other two ended in draw. The Spanish team scored four goals and conceded four others.

Liverpool generally played 40 games against Spanish teams, where they won 15 and lost 13. The English team scored 51 goals and conceded 44. Liverpool played 18 games in Spain, where they won seven games and lost six.

As for the other tie, PSG qualified for the round of 16 as top of their group. The French team played six games in the group stage; five wins and a draw. PSG failed to go beyond the UCL last-16 in the past three editions.

Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, barely made it to this round after facing difficult group stage ties against Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Czech SK Slavia Prague.

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Zamalek dominate Africa from Doha https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/15/zamalek-dominate-africa-from-doha/ Sat, 15 Feb 2020 16:22:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722104 Zamalek mission enjoyed a large welcome reception by White Knights fans, singing with the players who landed in Cairo at 11 PM on Saturday.

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A crazy joy dominates the corridors of Zamalek Club after the deserved coronation of the African Super Cup for the fourth time in history, defeating Tunisian Espérance Sportive de Tunis 3-1.

The super Cup confrontation took place at the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium in Doha.

Mortada Mansour, president of Zamalek club, decided to disburse immediate rewards for the players after the win of the title, the first since 2003.

“We achieved the super cup title and proved my words that the Confederation Championship is stronger than the African Champions League,” said Mansour.

“In 3 years, we won 25 championships,” he added.

Mansour noted that he insisted that the mission return to Egypt before the local super match, saying he had a feeling that they would achieve the Super Cup at the expense of Espérance.

Zamalek mission enjoyed a large welcome reception by White Knights fans, singing with the players who landed in Cairo at 11 PM on Saturday.

Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy was present to welcome the team.

House speaker Ali Abdel Aal congratulated the Egyptian palyers on winning the title.

Wydad AC of Morocco also congratulated Zamalek and posted a picture of its former team duo Mohamed Ounajem and Achraf Bencharki who currently play for Zamalek. The two in particular contributed to the victory of Zamalek.

For their part, the players promised to reap the local super cup and continue a victory streak on Thursday when they play Al Ahly in the UAE.

Mansour refused to participate in the top match against Al-Ahly in the league scheduled for 24 February, stressing that he will not allow the Egyptian Football Association to physically “destroy” Zamalek and Al-Ahly players because of the pressure of matches, especially since the two will meet twice before playing in the Confederation Championship.

French Patrice Carteron was the head coach of Zamalek to win the African Super Cup yesterday, at the expense of the Espérance Sportive de Tunis 3-1. Carteron has become a scary and painful nightmare for the Tunisian Esperance, players, and fans, after taking the African Super Cup for the second time in a row, to score a historic record in the super. He is the only coach who succeeded in winning the title two consecutive years with two different teams, having won the title with Raja Club Athletic with a  2-1 win at the expense of Esperance, and then again this year with Zamalek.

Carteron has also outperformed Esperance in four out of five matches, where he won twice with Al-Ahly, once with Raja, and once with Zamalek, while he lost from Esperance once in front of Al-Ahly in the second leg of the 2018 African Championship final at Rades Stadium 3-0.

He succeeded in presenting his credentials officially to Zamalek board of directors and the White Knights fans after obtaining the historic super cup title.

He is awaiting a challenge no less difficult than the African Super Cup when he play Al-Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup in the UAE. The Frenchman hopes to steal the title from the Red Devils with  the win Zamalek had. He was also coaching them before. He also hopes to help Zamalek avenge Al Ahly for winning the title in a game that ended 2-3.

Shikabala adds his second African Super title after 17 years

The Apache, Mahmoud Abdel Razak, also know as Shikabala, captain of Zamalek, won the African Super Cup, taking down the Tunisian giant Esperance.

Although he couldn’t participate this match due to an injury, Shikabala was the one who raised the championship cup on the podium as the team’s captain, which is his second title with the team.

He had achieved his first African Super Cup title with Zamalek 17 years ago when he played with the white team against the Moroccan Wydad AC and won 3-1 in Cairo International Stadium.

Shikabala also put himself on the list of Zamalek captains who have raised the African championships title along with Farouk Gaafar, Ibrahim Youssef, Hisham Yakan, Khaled Al-Ghandour, and Hazem Imam.

Shikabala returned to Zamalek at the beginning of the current season after a failed professional contract in Greece. He led Zamalek to win the Egypt Cup after his return at the expense of Pyramids then advanced to the African Champions League quarter-finals in the current version. However, in the local league, Zamalek lost many points, suffering defeats or ties while its rival Al Ahly lead the ranks with 45 points from 15 consecutive wins.

The 33-year-old hopes to end his career with the White Knights by winning more titles during the coming period, locally, and in Africa. The team’s technical staff will be preparing Shikabala with a strong physical and technical programme to use him against Al Ahly, capitalising on his expertise.

The fox Achraf Bencharki: achieved dreams in Egypt and extinguished the fire in Morocco

The Moroccan superstar, Achraf Bencharki, made history with Zamalek after his remarkable brilliance since joining the ranks of the white team.

Bencharki fulfilled the wishes of the fans of his current and former club, Wydad of Morocco, and scored a double in his team’s 3-1 victory over Esperance, and crowned the African Super Cup for the fourth time in history.

The Wydad fans had called for former duo Achraf Bencharki

and Mohamed Ounajem to win the title amid rising tensions between Esperance and Wydad fans after the events of the Champions League final last season.

Wydad did not complete their match against Esperance in Rades stadium in protest against the failure of the VAR technique. They tried to cancel the match before the disciplinary committee crowned Esperance in the Cup.

Bencharki took the top scorers rank with the white team in the African Super Cup with two goals, followed by Ayman Mansour, Abdel Halim Ali, Hazem Imam, Mohamed Abdel Wahid, and Youssef Obama, with one goal each. This is Bencharki’s second African title, having reaped it before with Wydad in 2017.

The Casablanca club said on its official Facebook page, “Wydad AC presents its warm congratulations to Bencharki and Mohamed Ounajem, as well as the Egyptian Zamalek team for winning the African title.”

Zamalek won the fourth title in history, last won the title in 2003.

The winning team receives an award of $200,000 from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), while the runner up wins $150,000.

The Tunisian Esperance won seven African titles, including four Champions League titles in 1994, 2011, 2018, and 2019, the Confederation Cup in 1997, the champions cups in 1998, and the Super Cup once in 1995.

Tarek Hamed: beating heart of Zamalek

Tarek Hamed is a player where all skills and mastery have gathered; he has been the key for the White Knights win of the African Super Cup. He is not only a White Knight player, he is also a symbol.

Hamed was able to write his name in history of the team becoming the beating heart of Zamalek, thanks to his high fighting spirit, and the only player who controls the team midfield.

For the fans, Hamed is the team’s worrier who puts on his super hero cape when the team is in difficult situations, corrects the mistakes of everyone on the field, and transmits enthusiasm and confidence among the players. This was evident in the last game when Zamalek was tied with Esperance, before Hamed intervenes and helps Achraf Bencharki score the second and third goals to win the game.

Hamed proved that he is an indispensable player in his team since joining in 2014, due to the great strength he represents in the midfield of his team and his great ability to extract the ball from the opponent.

In the presence of Hamed, reaching Zamalek goalkeeper is a difficult mission, as he is on the pitch.

Hamed did not carry the captaincy of his team in many matches, but this does not prevent him from always playing a role in his team, especially in major confrontations.

 

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Athletes call for urgent medical care for Egyptian weightlifting star Nahla Ramadan https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/11/athletes-call-for-urgent-medical-care-for-egyptian-weightlifting-star-nahla-ramadan/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:56:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721848 she was in a critical health condition as doctors failed to diagnose her problem, as it suffered from continuous bleeding from her mouth and nose, Qurany said on Facebook.

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Khaled Qurany, the former Egyptian weightlifting coach, and several weightlifters called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports called for urgent medical care for Egyptian weightlifting star Nahla Ramadan after her health condition severely deteriorated.

In response, Minister Ashraf Sobhy ordered transferring Ramadan to a military hospital in Alexandria but

she was in a critical health condition as doctors failed to diagnose her problem, as it suffered from continuous bleeding from her mouth and nose, Qurany said on Facebook.

He added that Sobhy transfered Ramadan to the Armed Forces hospital in Alexandria but to no avail.

Ramadan was born on 4 April 1985 in Alexandria. She competed at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, competing in the heavyweight division, she did not finish the competition, being unable to register a lift in the clean and jerk. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the super-heavyweight category and finished fifth.

However, four years later in 2016 samples taken at London 2012 from the Armenian bronze medalist Hripsime Khurshudyan were tested positive for prohibited substances. Therefore, Ramadan came fourth place. In 2003 at the world junior weightlifting Grand Prix championship in Budapest, Ramadan became the game’s top-ranked athlete after collecting three gold medals and breaking two world records in the process, an unprecedented accomplishment for an Egyptian of any sex in the sport.

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Pyramids appeal against EFA’s ban of 5 players after Al Ahly game quarrel https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/11/pyramids-appeal-against-efas-ban-of-5-players-after-al-ahly-game-quarrel/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:54:34 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721841 Pyramids received a very strong blow as the EFA’s ethics and discipline committee decided to ban five players of the club, namely Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ragab Bakkar, Ali Gabr, Islam Eissa, and Omar Gaber for three matches in addition of EGP 50,000 fine for each.

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Pyramids FC announced on Monday it would appeal against the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) bans and sanctions on the club following some of their players’ misconduct against the match official of Al Ahly game.

Pyramids received a very strong blow as the EFA’s ethics and discipline committee decided to ban five players of the club, namely Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ragab Bakkar, Ali Gabr, Islam Eissa, and Omar Gaber for three matches in addition of EGP 50,000 fine for each.

In the Gameweek 16 of the Egyptian Premier League, a quarrel erupted between Pyramids players and the match official Ibrahim Nourredin right after Al Ahly’s Aliou Dieng’s late winner that resulted in the sending off of Ahmed Ayman Mansour and Ragab Bakkar.

Moreover, Pyramids CEO Mamdouh Eid was also banned from any sports related activity for three matches and a similar fine. Al Ahly’s director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz was also suspended for one game and fined by EGP 50,000.

Al Ahly was fined EGP 100,000 as well after fans insulted Pyramids players, specifically Ali Gabr.

The banned players of Pyramids miss their game against Al Mokawloon Al Arab SC on Tuesday, and they will also miss more two games against Ismaily SC (21 February) and Aswan SC (25 February). The five players will return by March.

The absence of five Pyramids was confirmed to be missing a game against Ismaili FC on 21 February and Aswan on 25 February, after missing a game against Al Mokawloon Al Arab SC. The five players will return by March.

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Zamalek clash with Espérance de Tunis, eyeing first CAF Super Cup in almost 17 years https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/11/zamalek-clash-with-esperance-de-tunis-eyeing-first-caf-super-cup-in-almost-17-years/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:52:18 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721836 The Zamalek mission received a warm welcome from the club fans in Doha which raised the morale of the White Knight players.

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Millions of African football fans anticipate the first major clash in the year between CAF Confederation Cup champions Zamalek and CAF Champions League winners Esperance Sportive de Tunis in the CAF Super Cup on Friday, 14 February at the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Zamalek, led by French coach Patrice Carteron, arrived in Doha on Tuesday to prepare for the game which would witness the attendance of about 19,000 fans.

The Zamalek mission received a warm welcome from the club fans in Doha which raised the morale of the White Knight players.

Zamalek were expected to hold a training session on Wednesday at the same stadium of the match, following Espérance de Tunis complete their training.

Both teams would hold on Thursday a press conference to talk in detail about the match.

The last time Zamalek won the CAF Super Cup was in 2003.

The Zamalek administration said that winning the African Super Cup would have a positive impact on the team’s morale before meeting their rival Al Ahly in Egypt Super Cup on 20 February in the UAE.

The administration also called on the players to focus on the match and ignore any possible provocation by the Tunisian side.

Zamalek’s coach Carteron was not expected to make major changes in the squad or the formation. Zamalek’s squad: goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal, Mahmoud Al-Wensh, Mahmoud Alaa, Hazem Emam, Mohamed Abdel Shafi, Abdullah Gomaa, Tarik Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Youssef “Obama”, Achraf Bencharki, Mohamed Ounajem, Mostafa Mohamed, Ahmed Zizo, and Mostafa Fathy.

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Chelsea most profitable club in last two transfer windows https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/11/chelsea-most-profitable-club-in-last-two-transfer-windows/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:52:10 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721842 According to The Sun, Chelsea sold other players for €211m, mainly Belgian star Eden Hazard, who moved to Real Madrid last summer for €100m.

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England’s Chelsea SC topped the list of the most profitable clubs in the last two transfer windows, as the London club had spent only £38m on the transfer of Croatian Mateo Kovačić from Real Madrid.

According to The Sun, Chelsea sold other players for €211m, mainly Belgian star Eden Hazard, who moved to Real Madrid last summer for €100m.

Second on the list were the Portuguese Benfica which spent £54m and sold players for £194m making profits of €140m.

Real Madrid were the top spending club recently having spent £279m to buy players, while they sold others for £126m.

Aston Villa, for which the Egyptian duo Mahmoud Trezeguet and Ahmed Al-Mohammady play, were the second on the list after spending £145m to buy new players and selling others for £3m.

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Jack Kennedy succumbs to Broken leg injury https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/jack-kennedy-succumbs-to-broken-leg-injury/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 02:35:55 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721340 Not long ago, Jack Kennedy was able to partner with Delta Work achieving a win in the Irish Gold Cup, his campaign has now been dealt with a huge blow as he succumbs to a broken leg injury right after unseating on Dallas Des Pictons, via Racing Post. The Jockey acquired this injury in just …

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Not long ago, Jack Kennedy was able to partner with Delta Work achieving a win in the Irish Gold Cup, his campaign has now been dealt with a huge blow as he succumbs to a broken leg injury right after unseating on Dallas Des Pictons, via Racing Post.

The Jockey acquired this injury in just half an hour after himself and his boss Gordon Elliott were able to claim their first Irish Gold Cup on Delta Work following an amazing finish from Presenting Percy and Kemboy.

Kennedy was first attended to by the Racecourse medicals as the fence was said not to have been jumped on the final circuit.

After that, he was then handed over to the St Vincent’s Hospital for an X-ray and given a proper assessment on his right leg, which the news was later revealed by senior medical officer Jennifer Pugh, who claims that the Jockey had suffered a fracture on his right femur, with a surgery date confirmed.

Kennedy had previously been on the sidelines for over a month following a collarbone injury he picked up at Punchestown back in October, this blow will be major as the jockey tends to return just in time for the big festival in Spring, and the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival is only several weeks away.

The Jockey is quite well known as he is not just any player as he was a runner-up on Easy work for the Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle and also coming third on Column Of Fire in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle last Sunday at Leopardstown.

In other news, for the sake of Paint The Dream, Jockey Fergal O’Brien is reported to be looking at competing in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Here is what O’Brien has to say about the seven-year-old gelding: “We had one tilt at windmills (in the Dipper) and we were second. That was great and he will get into the Close Brothers now he’s qualified. That would be our plan.

“He might go to Exeter for a novice chase over two-mile-three. We might go there and see how we get on.”

 

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Winning Champions League to decide coach René Weiler’s fate with Al Ahly: Al Khatib https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/winning-champions-league-to-decide-coach-rene-weilers-fate-with-al-ahly-al-khatib/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:10:36 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721251 Al Khatib also hopes to win his first title as the head of the club.

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President of Al Ahly SC Mahmoud Al Khatib announced that extending coach René Weiler’s contract with the football team is linked with winning the CAF Champions League.

He deferred discussing the renewal of the Swiss coach’s contract for now waiting for the African title, the first since 2013, and the ninth in Al Ahly history.

Al Khatib also hopes to win his first title as the head of the club.

This comes while Weiler received several offers lately, but he was happy to stay with Al Ahly, being one of the biggest clubs.

In the local league, the team won all of their confrontations. They also qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League. They also beat rival Zamalek in the derby and won the Egypt Super Cup.

The team will conclude training on Wednesday, in preparation for playing Pyramids FC in the league.

Weiler focused on amending errors in plan to have their vengeance against Pyramids, who beat Al Ahly four times before.

Team manager Sayed Abdel Hafiz said Al Ahly focused on winning all confrontations. He noted that Pyramids are strong competitors , but Al Ahly would defend their title for the fifth time in a row, the 42nd in history.

VAR in Egyptian Premier league

A state of confusion over the past period dominated officials of the Five-Member Committee that manages the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Amr El-Ganiny, and the Referees Committee, due to the application of VAR in the Egyptian league matches. Many arbitration problems and errors appeared in the competition.

The EFA decided during the last period to postpone the use of technology until the next season, after Zamalek tied 1-1 with counterpart Wadi Degla.

Some clubs protested the decision, because arbitration errors were disastrous and many teams grieved.

Daily News Egypt was informed from a source that the referees’ committee chief Gamal Al-Ghandour, decided, finally, to implement the VAR starting from the second round of the league.

VAR appeared in the first practical test on Monday.

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Cairo hosts CAF Champions League quarter-finals draw Wednesday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/cairo-hosts-caf-champions-league-quarter-finals-draw-wednesday/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:09:00 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721253 Al Ahly, Zamalek placed in same pot so they won’t meet in this stage

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All eyes are on Cairo as it hosts the quarter-final draw of the CAF Champions League on Wednesday, in the presence of qualified clubs’ representatives.

The group stage in the competition ended on Saturday with eight teams qualifying for the quarter-finals, including six Arab teams.

The CAF Champions League’s quarter-finalists are Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC from Egypt; Espérance Sportive de Tunis and Étoile Sportive du Sahel from Tunisia; Wydad AC and Raja AC from Morocco; Congolese TP Mazembe; and South African holders Mamelodi Sundowns.

All the eight clubs had been crowned before champions of Africa, with a total of 29 titles. Al Ahly leads the list with eight titles, followed by Zamalek (five), Mazembe (five), Espérance (four), Raja (three), Wydad (two), Sundowns (one), and Étoile du Sahel (one).

Al Ahly ranked second in Group B with 11 points, while Étoile du Sahel ranked first with 12 points. Sudan’s Al-Hilal came third with 10 points, while FC Platinum tailed the group with one point.

Zamalek made its path after ranking second in Group A with nine points, while Mazembe topped the group with 14 points. C.D. Primeiro de Agosto ranked third with four points, while ZESCO United tailed the ranks with three points.

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Arab clubs dominate CAF Champions League quarter-finals https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/arab-clubs-dominate-caf-champions-league-quarter-finals/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 21:55:36 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720983 Group stage witnesses 102 goals in 48 games

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The group stage in the CAF Champions League ended on Saturday with eight teams qualifying for the quarter-finals, including six Arab teams.

The CAF Champions League’s quarter-finalists are Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC from Egypt; Espérance Sportive de Tunis and Étoile Sportive du Sahel from Tunisia; Wydad AC and Raja AC from Morocco; Congolese TP Mazembe; and South African holders Mamelodi Sundowns.

All the eight squads had been crowned before champions of Africa, with a total of 29 titles. Al Ahly leads the list with eight titles, followed by Zamalek (five), Mazembe (five), Espérance (four), Raja (three), Wydad (two), Sundowns (one), and Étoile du Sahel (one).

The quarter-final draw of the CAF Champions League is scheduled to take place at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo on 9 February, in the presence of qualified clubs’ representatives.

The first leg matches of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals will take place on 28 and 29 February, while the second will be held on 6 and 7 March. The semi-finals will be played in early May, and the final will be on 29 May.

After 48 matches in the group stage, only two teams were unbeaten: TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns. Both of them qualified as their group leaders, so they may face Al Ahly or Zamalek in the quarter-finals.

The group stage witnessed 102 goals, with more than two goals per game. Mazembe were the top scorers with 11 goals. Sundowns and Étoile du Sahel had the strongest defences, conceding only three goals each.

The top scorer so far was Étoile du Sahel’s Algerian striker Karim Aribi with 10 goals, followed by Mazembe’s Congolese Jackson Muleka with sevens and Zamalek’s Mostafa Mohamed with six.

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First ever Special Olympics Pan African Games concludes on Friday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/30/first-ever-special-olympics-pan-african-games-concludes-on-friday/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 10:30:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720628 Participating athletes bid farewell with a visit to Pyramids

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The first Special Olympics Pan African Games will come to an end on 31 January after eight days of intensive competitions between around 800 athletes from 42 African countries.

The participating athletes competed across Africa’s four most-practiced Para sports: football, basketball, bocce, and athletics.

Most of the events acted as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, set to be held between 25 August and 6 September.

This will be a joint event hosted by the Special Olympics Middle East / North Africa and Africa regions, marking the first time that two Special Olympics regions have joined forces to create a combined Games.

The Games coincided with the end of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union (AU) which reflected the country’s increasing support to the people with disabilities in the continent. For the first time ever in the history of Special Olympics, the Pan African Games will achieve full gender equality, with 50-50 participation from both male and female athletes. In a continent where women and girls are often held back from participating fully in sports and achieving their total potential, Special Olympics Africa wants this effort to accelerate national commitments for fully inclusive societies.

The organising committee will organise a tour for the participating athletes to the Giza Pyramids on Friday morning. A musical concert will also be held to bid farewell to the African delegations before leaving Egypt.

Smiles on the participants’ faces showed how much they were enjoying their time during the competitions.

Ayman Abdel Wahab, Special Olympics regional president & managing director, Middle East and North African region, expressed his great happiness for Egypt’s success in organising the first African Games for the Special Olympics.

He added that everyone worked to make the competition an unforgettable event held in Egypt that always welcomes African nations, while drawing attention to the need to integrate people with special needs into society.

The heads of delegations also praised all the committees working in the games, which provided them with all means of comfort and providing all their requirements since they landed at Cairo Airport and the role played by the Protocol Committee headed by Hossam Badr, the Residence and Living Committee headed by Tarek Mohsen, the Transfer Committee headed by Ahmed Saad, the Medical Committee headed by Rami El-Nazer, the Registration Committee headed by Mostafa Shawky, the Volunteer Committee headed by Sherif Abu Al-Enein, and the Media Committee headed by Mohamed El-Zaidi which provided a periodic newsletter throughout the tournament days for the participating delegations in Arabic, English, and French.

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I won 4 African titles; did not consider retiring: Ahmed Al-Ahmar https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/30/i-won-4-african-titles-did-not-consider-retiring-ahmed-al-ahmar/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 10:00:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720629 Captain of Egyptian handball team dreams of winning an Olympic medal in Tokyo

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After his great contribution to Egypt’s winning their 7th African Men’s Handball Championship and reaping several individual awards in the tournament, Daily News Egypt interviewed Ahmed Al-Ahmar, the star of the Egyptian handball team, to tell us about his handball journey and inspirations in the coming period.

Al-Ahmar said the team prepared well for the African tournament three months prior. They held closed training camps abroad, the last of which was in Sweden, and played strong friendlies.

Al-Ahmar pointed out that the camps extended for long periods, and the team included players with great experience, as well as young players who participated in Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship last year and played big role in winning the world title, including Hassan Walid of Zamalek. There was a plan to mix experienced with young players, and it proceeded very well, he added.

He praised Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy and Head of the Egyptian Handball Federation Hisham Nasr for their support of the team in Tunisia. The presence of Egyptian sports officials in Tunisia had a positive impact on the players, as it conveyed a message of support from home, especially with the presence of Sobhy, he added.

Everyone was confident of winning the title for the seventh time, he stressed.

Al-Ahmar said they had expected the Tunisian fans would lose their temper in the final match. Some Tunisian fan allegedly throw empty plastic bottles at the Egyptian players but fortunately there were heavy security presence in the stadium, he added.

Al-Ahmar talked about the role of Hussein Zaki, saying he is a great player and has won many local and continental titles, as he is one of the main pillars that contributed to winning the title and served as a link between the players and the coach and between the players and the federation.

Notably, the prestigious African title gave Pharaohs a qualification card for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Al-Ahmar denied that the players sought to beat Tunisia to avenge their previous defeat in the last championship in Gabon. He stressed that they only wanted to win the title and qualify to the Olympic Games, regardless of their opponents.

As for reports about his retirement, he said he would do so when he fails to provide more, ruling out to retire soon.

DNE asked Al-Ahmar how he saw some fans likening him to Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. He said he was happy to be compared to him despite not gaining the same fame.

Al-Ahmar finally expressed his wish to win an Olympic medal despite the difficulty of the competition, pledging to do his best.

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Pharaohs crowned African handball champions in Tunisia https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/28/pharaohs-crowned-african-handball-champions-in-tunisia/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 04:45:31 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720391 This achievement was the result of persistence and determination of the team from the very beginning. Moreover, the state, represented by Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, stood behind different handball national teams, which led the Pharaohs to win the bronze medal in Men’s Junior World Handball Championship and the gold medal in Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship last year.

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Egyptian handball team presented their best performance in the 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship in Tunisia and won their seventh title against the hosts on Sunday. The final game ended 27-22 for Egypt, giving the Pharaohs the prestigious title and a qualification card for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

This achievement was the result of persistence and determination of the team from the very beginning. Moreover, the state, represented by Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, stood behind different handball national teams, which led the Pharaohs to win the bronze medal in Men’s Junior World Handball Championship and the gold medal in Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship last year.

The Sports Minister’s support wasn’t all just funding, but he was also there to make sure that the team was set up right. He did not hesitate one moment for approving the Egyptian Handball Federation’s request to hire Spanish coach Roberto García Parrondo. The coach was able leave his mark on the team and lead the Pharaohs through the African Championships and straight to the title.

Moamen Safa, the Egyptian Handball Federation’s treasurer and supervisor of the national teams and head of the current mission in Tunisia, expressed his great happiness for winning the African championship and qualifying for the Olympic Games, stressing that Egypt won one of the most difficult championships outside home.

The path of the Pharaohs in the tournament was great. They won the three matches of their group stage against Guinea, Kenya, and DR Congo, before qualifying to quarter-finals where they beat Gabon 36-17, and Angola 33-26. In the semi-finals, Egypt defeated Algeria 30-27.

Safa praised the great effort made by all players without exception, noting that everyone contributed to achieving the goal through commitment and discipline.

Egypt’s squad includes 21 players: Karim Handawy, Mohamed Ali, and Mohamed Essam as goalkeepers; Mohamed Hesham, Ibrahim El Masry, Wesam Samy, Ahmed Adel, and Khaled Walid as fullbacks; and Ahmed Al-Sayed, Dodo, Seif El-Daraa, and Ahmed Khairy as circle runners. In addition, Ali Zain, Yehya El-Daraa, Hassan Walid, Omar Bakkar, Ahmed Safa, Mohamed Sanad, and Akram Yousry play as wingers; and Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Yahya Khaled, and Mohsen Ramadan as centres.

Notably, the 16-team championship acts 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.

Arab teams dominated the championship in its last 23 editions, starting from 1974 in Tunisia. The Carthage Eagles are the most crowned of the championship with 10 titles, most recently in 2018 in Gabon. Algeria ranked second with seven titles, followed by Egypt with six titles, most recently in 2016.

Ahmed Al-Ahmar, an Egyptian success story

Ahmed Al-Ahmar, the star of the national handball team, wrote his name in letters of gold in the history of Egyptian sport, after he participated in crowning the Pharaohs with the African title for the seventh time in history, and he also contributed to achieving many achievements and titles.

Al-Ahmar led the national team to achieve more than one title over last years and also participated in many international and international championships.

The Zamalek star

made many individual achievements as well, most notably wining the Man of the Match (MOTM) award in several games against Spain in 2007, Tunisia 2009 and 2011, Algeria 2013, Slovenia 2013, and Algeria 2015.

Al-Ahmar was named best left-back, best player, and top scorer in the 2016 African Men’s Handball Championship held in Egypt; best right-back in the 2004 African Men’s Handball Championship; and best right-back, best player, and top scorer in the 2008 African Men’s Handball Championship as well as the MOTM in four games.

In the 2010 African Men’s Handball Championship, he won the awards of best right-back, best player, and top scorer. He was also crowned best player in the 2007 and 2009 El-Ahram International Championships, as well as best player in the 2011 Arab Championship in Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Mostafa Al-Ahmar

Age: 35

Club: Zamalek

Participation in African Men’s Handball Championship: 9

(Egypt 2004 –

Tunisia 2006 –

Angola 2008 –

Egypt 2010 –

Morocco 2012 –

Algeria 2014

– Egypt 2016

– Gabon 2018

– Tunisia 2020)

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Egypt to play Tunisia for African Men’s Handball Championship title, Olympics qualification https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/25/egypt-to-play-tunisia-for-african-mens-handball-championship-title-olympics-qualification/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:34:38 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720174 Pharaohs target 7th African title and revenge of hosts Tunisia

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Egypt will clash with Tunisia in the final of the 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship on Sunday. Hosts Tunisia were the main title favourites for many reasons, the most important of which is the situational factor of audience support and the broad experiences and capabilities of the Tunisian team.

The 16-team championship acts 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.

Egypt played Algeria 30-27 in the semi-finals, while Tunisia swept Angola 39-23 on 24 January.

The Carthage Eagles are the most crowned in Africa with 10 titles, the last of which was in 2018 at the expense of Egypt, followed by Algeria with seven titles and Egypt with six titles.

Moamen Safa, the Egyptian Handball Federation’s treasurer and supervisor of the national teams and head of the current mission in Tunisia, affirmed that the team reached the best technical and physical condition, and there is great insistence to continue the journey and win the Tokyo ticket.

The team supervisor makes it a point to meet with the team that they calm down and not respond to any provocation from the hosts, and to keep control of the game from the very beginning.

Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy met with the national handball team after the semi-final victory, where he praised their performance and encouraged them to win the championship.

Sobhy promised the players big financial rewards in the event of winning the title, as was the case after beating Algeria.

Egypt had a special run in the tournament. Led by coach Roberto García Parrondo, Egypt topped Group A with six points, and qualified to quarter-finals for the 24th time. In the last eight, Egypt also had the first place in Group I, beating Gabon 36-17, and Angola 33-26.

Egypt’s squad includes 21 players: Karim Handawy, Mohamed Ali, and Mohamed Essam as goalkeepers; Mohamed Hesham, Ibrahim El Masry, Wesam Samy, Ahmed Adel, and Khaled Walid as fullbacks; and Ahmed Al-Sayed, Dodo, Seif El-Daraa, and Ahmed Khairy as circle runners. In addition, Ali Zain, Yehya El-Daraa, Hassan Walid, Omar Bakkar, Ahmed Safa, Mohamed Sanad, and Akram Yousry play as wingers; and Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Yahya Khaled, and Mohsen Ramadan as centres.

Arab teams dominated the championship in its last 23 editions, starting from 1974 in Tunisia. The Carthage Eagles are the most crowned of the championship with 10 titles, most recently in 2018 in Gabon. Algeria ranked second with seven titles, followed by Egypt with six titles, most recently in 2016.

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Egypt to play Angola for group leadership in African Men’s Handball Championship quarter-finals https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/22/egypt-to-play-angola-for-group-leadership-in-african-mens-handball-championship-quarter-finals/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:15:42 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719874 By Alaa Mostafa African Men’s Handball Championship acts as qualifiers for 2020 Summer Olympics 

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Egypt will face Angola on Wednesday at the Salle Omnisport de Radès in the 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship quarter-finals. The 24th edition of the championship will run until 26 January.

The quarter-finals comprises of two groups: Group I (Egypt, DR Congo, Angola, and Gabon) and Group II (hosts Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Cabo Verde).

In Group I, Egypt thrashed Gabon 36-17, while Angola beat DR Congo 30-25. Egypt and Angola now share the lead of the group with four points each, and their next clash will determine the first place. However, both of them have already secured their seats in the semi-finals.

Led by coach Roberto García Parrondo, Egypt target winning the title to secure a seat in the upcoming Olympics. The Pharaohs won all their group stage games against Guinea, Kenya, and DR Congo.

Parrondo gave a rest to some players in the Gabon clash to recover and get ready for the semi-finals.

Moamen Safa, head of the Egyptian mission in Tunisia, held a meeting with the players and demanded them to maintain their high morale and focus on the next few games as they will clash with strong opponents.

He stressed the Pharaohs are capable of winning the title and qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Egypt’s squad includes 21 players: Karim Handawy, Mohamed Ali, and Mohamed Essam as goalkeepers; Mohamed Hesham, Ibrahim El Masry, Wesam Samy, Ahmed Adel, and Khaled Walid as fullbacks; and Ahmed Al-Sayed, Dodo, Seif El-Daraa, and Ahmed Khairy as circle runners. In addition, Ali Zain, Yehya El-Daraa, Hassan Walid, Omar Bakkar, Ahmed Safa, Mohamed Sanad, and Akram Yousry play as wingers; and Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Yahya Khaled, and Mohsen Ramadan as centres.

The 16-team championship acts 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.

Arab teams dominated the championship in its last 23 editions, starting from 1974 in Tunisia. The Carthage Eagles are the most crowned of the championship with 10 titles, most recently in 2018 in Gabon. Algeria ranked second with seven titles, followed by Egypt with six titles, most recently in 2016.

The national handball team for Egypt will meet at 5 PM today Angola, in the second round of the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship currently held in Tunisia, which will continue until 26 January, which also qualifies for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Moamen Safa, the Egyptian Handball Federation’s treasurer and supervisor of the national teams and head of the current mission in Tunisia, was keen to sit down with the players and demand them to maintain the high spirit and intense focus in light of the difficulty of the remaining matches of the pharaohs in the tournament.

He stressed the ability of the Pharaohs to return with the cup and qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Zamalek channel starts official broadcast on Wednesday

The new Zamalek channel is scheduled to start official broadcast on Wednesday via the Nilesat satellite. The channel prepared 8-hours TV shows for the opening day.

The opening show will include the full team of football technical analysists and artists who support the club, such as Medhat El-Adl and Ahmed Hatem, and Zamalek legends Farouk Gaafar, Hazem Imam, and Gamal Hamza.

The channel’s promo brought together Zamalek current football stars Mohamed Awaad, Hazem Imam, Mahmoud Alaa, Youssef Obama, Ferjani Sassi, Abdullah Gomaa, and Tarek Hamed.

Zamalek President Mortada Mansour said the club’s football players who did not participate in the promo will be featured in another promo, including Mohamed Abu Gabal, Shikabala, Achraf Bencharki, Mostafa Mohamed, Mohamed Ounajem, and Ahmed Sayed (Zizou).

Mansour will host a daily show on the channel to talk about the club’s affairs and everyday issues.

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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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