Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 09 Sep 2019 23:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Egypt Cup: Zamalek eyes 27th title and Pyramids ready for making history https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/08/egypt-cup-zamalek-eyes-27th-title-and-pyramids-ready-for-making-history/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 06:30:44 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707345 Zamalek is the holders of the last edition of Egypt Cup when he defeated Smouha and added the 26th title to its history. The White Night hopes to win this final to make it up to its fans, having lost the league's title to its rival Al Ahly.

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Cairo giants Zamalek will face Pyramids on Sunday night in the final of Egypt Cup at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, in the presence of nearly 20,000 spectators.

Zamalek is the holders of the last edition of Egypt Cup when he defeated Smouha and added the 26th title to its history. The White Night hopes to win this final to make it up to its fans, having lost the league’s title to its rival Al Ahly.

Zamalek has qualified at the expense of Al Ittihad Alexandria Club in the semi-finals, and they have great motivation to achieve the 27th title. Moreover, Zamalek’s President Mortada Mansour promised big financial rewards for the players if they won the precious trophy.

Zamalek’s history weighs heavy on Pyramids. Both teams met in six games, of which four matches when Pyramids was previously named Al Assiouty, all of which ended with Zamalek winning. The other two games ended in a 3-3 draw and 1-0 win for Pyramids. All these matches were in the local league, so today’s game is the first between the two teams in Egypt Cup.

Zamalek’s coach Serbian Milutin Sredojević motivated his players well, demanding them to play with high spirit and win the title to delight their fans.

The head coach identified Pyramids’ strengths, outlining its key weaknesses, and was keen to hold a video lecture for the players to better explain the opponent.

The White Knight enters today’s clash with a strong squad, likely to include Mohamed Awaad as goalkeeper, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Hamdy El-Nagguez, Abdallah Gomaa, Ferjani Sassi, Tarek Hamed, Youssef Ibrahim, Mohamed Ounajem, Achraf Bencharki, and Mostafa Mohamed.

For Pyramids, the newly branded team enter the final with high spirit as well, with its management promising big rewards for winning Egypt Cup, which will be the first title for the club in its history, making a great achievement for the club. Pyramids presented a great performance in the Egyptian Premier League this season and finished third, and qualified to the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time.

Pyramids’ coach veteran French Sébastien Desabre relies on young stars in today’s clash, which will also be his first as a coach with Pyramids after being appointed recently. Pyramids’ squad includes Ahmed El Shenawy as goalkeeper, Ali Gabr, Ragab Bakar, Eric Traoré, Donga, Omar Gaber, Eslam Eissa, Jhon Cifuente, Ibrahim Hassan, and Abdallah El Said.

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Egypt to host FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship for first time https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/05/egypt-to-host-fivb-volleyball-girls-u18-world-championship-for-first-time/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:06:31 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707129 The 20 teams are Egypt (host), Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Belarus, DR Congo, China, Korea, Romania, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.

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Egypt will host the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship on Thursday evening for the first time in the tournament’s history.

The championship will last from 5 to 14 September with the participation of 20 teams, of which 13 had appeared in the previous tournament held in Argentina in 2017, while Cameroon and DR Congo made their first appearances. Italy are the defending champions, having won their second title in Argentina.

The 20 teams are Egypt (host), Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Italy, Belarus, DR Congo, China, Korea, Romania, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.

The opening ceremony will take place at the indoor sports hall Suez Canal in Ismailia, in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly; Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy; President of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, Hesham Hatab; President of the African Volleyball Confederation, Amr Elwany; and President of the Egyptian Volleyball Federation, Ahmed Abdel Dayem, along with the ambassadors of the participating countries. It will witness a concert by singer Nesma Mahgoub, followed by the opening match between Egypt and Puerto Rico at 9 pm.

The tournament’s draw has placed Egypt in Group A alongside Brazil, Cameroon, China, and Puerto Rico.

Group B comprises of Canada, Italy, Korea, Mexico, America, Group C includes Argentina, Belarus, Romania, Russia, and Thailand, while Group D has Bulgaria, DR Congo, Japan, Peru, and Turkey.

The Suez Canal Authority Hall will host matches of Group A and B, while Groups C and D will play at the Hall 2 of the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex.

The Egyptian team’s coach, Marco Antonio, announced that the 12-player squad for the tournament, namely Mai Ghazal, Sabine Hassan, Salma Youssef, Nour Ehab, Farida Hinnawy, Nada Morgan, Sama Emad, Sandy Khaled, Aya El Nady, Mariam Thabet, Login Yasser, and Salma Abdul Hadi.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, has allocated EGP 2m for hosting the tournament.

Sobhy stressed on the necessity of coordination between the Egyptian Volleyball Federation and the organising committee of the tournament to follow up all preparations for the tournament, to assure Egypt’s ability to host major international sports events.

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Seven foreign coaches lead Egyptian football teams https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/04/seven-foreign-coaches-lead-egyptian-football-teams/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:13:14 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707099 For its rival Zamalek, the White Knight contracted the Serbian coach Milutin Sredojević, simply known as Micho, for one season with a salary of $70,000 per month and $30,000 for his three aides. The contract includes a penalty clause of two months' salary if terminated.

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Seven football clubs in the Egyptian Premier League appointed foreign coaches to lead their teams in the football season 2019/20, which has yet to start. Serbia has the lion’s share with three coaches in the new season, while four clubs selected coaches from Switzerland, Greece, France, and Brazil.

Most recently, Al Ahly has announced reaching agreement with Swiss René Weiler for a €2.2m one-year contract, along with four foreign assistants. The contract included a three-month penalty clause on both sides, which would be null and void if the coach failed to win both the Premier League and the CAF Champions League.

For its rival Zamalek, the White Knight contracted the Serbian coach Milutin Sredojević, simply known as Micho, for one season with a salary of $70,000 per month and $30,000 for his three aides. The contract includes a penalty clause of two months’ salary if terminated.

Meanwhile, Pyramids selected Sébastien Desabre to lead the team for two seasons, with three foreign assistants. The financial value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Serbian Miodrag Ješić took over the technical leadership of Ismaily, with a monthly salary of $24,000, in addition to $5,000 for his assistant.

In the new season, Tala’ea El Gaish SC will be coached by the Brazilian Sérgio Farias. The coach is best known for winning the AFC Champions League with Pohang Steelers of Korea, and qualified for the Club World Cup in 2009 and finished third. He also won the Campeonato Sul Americano (U-17) in 2000 with Brazil.

El Gouna this season, like Zamalek and Ismaily, preferred the Serbian coaching school. The club signed Nebojša Milošević and his assistant Vladan Perašević, while Wadi Degla decided to keep his Greek coach Takis Gonias for a second year after the team performed well in the last season.

The remaining 11 teams in the league selected Egyptian coaches, namely Ehab Galal with Al Masry, Talaat Youssef with Al Ittihad Alexandria Club, Hossam Hassan with Smouha, Ali Maher with Enppi, Emad El Nahhas with Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Tarek El Ashry with Haras El Hodoud, Ahmed Hossam “Mido” with Misr Lel Makkasa, Ayman Al Muzain with Tanta, Mokhtar Mokhtar with El Entag El Harby, Magdy Abdel Atty with Aswan, and Osama Nabih with FC Masr.

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Weightlifting: pride of Egyptian sports, wins 56 medals in African Games https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/04/weightlifting-pride-of-egyptian-sports-wins-56-medals-in-african-games/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:52:54 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707096 “We aim to continue victorious run in Tokyo, and good preparation is behind our success in Morocco,” says Mahgoub

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Egyptian weightlifter Khedr El-Tony is so well-known for the people living in Cairo, Alexandria, and Helwan. The great athlete made an impressive achievement at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He won two gold medals, leaving the German leader Adolf Hitler fascinated. The strongest man in the world, at the time, defeated German champions and broke world records that have stood over half a century in the weightlifting.

Over its history in Olympic Games, Egypt won 31 medals only, of which 14 medals achieved in weightlifting. Interestingly, Egypt has only seven gold Olympic medals since the start of the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, of which five medals went to weightlifters. It shows that the Egyptian weightlifters’ sweeping dominance in the 12th African Games held last month in Rabat was not a surprise.

In Rabat, Egypt won 273 medals, including 56 medals in weightlifting alone. This also includes 31 gold out of 102 golds achieved by Egypt, in a clear confirmation of the excellence of the Egyptian weightlifters.

The weightlifting gold medals were won by 11 athletes, of whom nine players won three medals each, namely Mohamed Ehab; Sarah Samir, who previously won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; Ahmed Saad; Karim Abu Kahla; Abdel Rahman Mohamed; Ragab Abdel Hay; Rania Ezzat; Mohamed Abdel Alim; and Halima Abdel Azim, while Samar Habashy and Gaber Farhan won two golds each.

In addition, nine Egyptian weightlifters won 20 silver medals, of whom three players won three silvers each, namely Basma Emad, Mostafa Ibrahim, and Shaima Khalaf. Besides, Amed El Sayed, Salma Farag, Heba Ahmed, and Israa Ahmed won two medals each, while Neama Saeed, Gaber Farhan, and Samar Habashy won one silver each.

The weightlifting success also includes five bronze medals, by Neama Saeed (two medals) and one medal by each of Israa Ahmed, Salma Farag, and Mohamed Sayed.

Mohamed Mahgoub, head of the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation, told Daily News Egypt, “Good preparations, discovering young talents, and the support of sponsors as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports for players have all stood behind this great achievement.”

“So far, we have received EGP 4m from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to make the players ready for the Tokyo Olympics, and this has played an important role in preparing 20 players,” he added.

He continued, “Our ambitions in the 2020 Olympics have increased thanks to good preparation and increased spending, In Rio de Janeiro, we got two bronze medals where nine players participated. In Tokyo, the qualification system has changed and we cannot have more than four players. We hope to improve our results and win more medals.”

“The tournaments qualifying for Tokyo Olympics will end in April 2020. We are currently preparing for the World Championships in Thailand (18-27 September), with another tournament left.”

“At the African Games, there were players who excelled and I was very pleased with their performance, such as Karim Kahla, who achieved new records, as well as Rania Ezzat, Halima Abdel Azim, and Samar Habashy,” Mahgoub said.

He concluded, “Winning a medal is no longer a stroke of luck. We must prepare well to compete with other countries. I hope the great achievements in African Games can grab the attention of sponsors to support individual sports.”

Moreover, Mohamed Adel Hosny, chairperson of the Royal Sports Investment Company which sponsors the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation, said he was delighted with the Egyptian achievements in the African Games in Rabat.

Hosny told Daily News Egypt, “We are proud of the great achievements by the Egyptian weightlifters in the African Games. They won 56 medals, 31 gold, 20 silver, and 5 bronze.”

He added, “We aim to repeat these achievements in the Tokyo Olympics. We have great confidence in our players in weightlifting and the modern pentathlon to win Olympic medals, which was our main motivation to sponsor the two federations.”

Mohamed Gad, CEO and managing director of the company, said, ‘Weightlifting’s winning of one-third of Egypt’s gold medals in Rabat underlines the important role played by our company in the development of individual games, with the support of the state institutions.”

Gad called on private companies to support and sponsor individual sports as they made great achievements on the continental and global levels.

He stressed that the company will continue to support the weightlifting and modern pentathlon federations in order to continue their success in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Royal Sports Investment has a capital of EGP 500,000 with investments reaching EGP 3.5m, sponsoring the Egyptian weightlifting, modern pentathlon, and taekwondo federations.

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Surfing the Nile on bicycles https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/04/surfing-the-nile-on-bicycles/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 07:00:16 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707028 Plastic waste differs from one place to another, yet remains a struggle everywhere as the Nile is quite polluted, says Founder

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Throughout her life, Ma’aab Ahmed could not give up on her dream of riding bicycles. She could not let go of her desire to fly on two wheels, with air flowing through her hair, and filling in her open lungs. Yet, not being able to learn was always a struggle she needed to overcome. Passionate of Kayak, Ahmed could not find a better way to combine between her passion and the lifetime desire, but through Nile Bike.

Water biking is a sport that Ahmed was the first to introduce to people in Egypt, through Nile Bike. Using a bicycle that is placed with wires on two rafts that lift up the whole weigh of the body and the bicycle, Nile bikers get to surf the calm river surface technically biking.

“I never let go of my dream of riding a bicycle. Even at the age of 40, I kept on looking for a way to make my dream come true,” Ahmed told Daily News Egypt.

The moment she saw such a sport taking place in Italy, she immediately knew that this is what she wants to establish in Egypt for those who share her passion.

“I sent the founders in Italy to ask about its details, requirements, and safety measures, and I did not stop before making sure I knew about it all and that I can apply it in Egypt,” she asserted.

Since the start of the sport in Egypt, it was met with huge success among people who believe that “do not want to stop at the water’s edge.”

Nonetheless, Ahmed did not stop at the edge, stating Nile Bike as an enjoyable activity, she worked in order to get the official permits in order to state it as an official sport adopted by the ministry of youth and sports.

Water Pollution is one of the main struggles facing Nile bikers. “Plastic waste is one of the things that differs from one place to another, yet remains a struggle in all places as the Nile is quite polluted,” Ahmed explained. 

“Getting the required permits were the most difficult part of it all. Yet, I did not stop before officially inaugurating it as a sport in Egypt,” she added.

Nile Bike is currently seeking to roam Egypt’s various governorates while overviewing the Nile.

All photos taken by Fadel Dawood

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Port Said proposes establishing new EGP 2bn stadium, renovating old one https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/03/port-said-proposes-establishing-new-egp-2bn-stadium-renovating-old-one/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:45:12 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706998 He added that, so far, the location of the new stadium has not been settled, where they are reviewing two sites and the companies to establish the project.

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports has received a proposal from Port Said governorate to establish a new sports stadium at a cost of EGP 2bn.

A government source told Daily News Egypt that the proposal came through a study of a consultant office, Diaa Consult, and includes the establishment of a large residential compound funded by businesspeople, whose proceeds go to finance the new stadium.

He added that, so far, the location of the new stadium has not been settled, where they are reviewing two sites and the companies to establish the project.

The source pointed out that the committee, which was sent by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to inspect the Port Said Stadium, which was excluded from the stadiums that hosted the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON19) because of its unreadiness, ended its work to determine the total financial cost of the development process, and the elements that must be developed at the stadium and the financial evaluation for those works.

The source said that the initial cost of the total development of the stadium and upgrading its efficiency reached EGP 400m in order to conform to international specifications in line with what happened in the stadiums of Cairo, Ismailia, Suez, Alexandria, Salam, and Air Defence which AFCON19 in June and July.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, held several meetings with Mahmoud Hussein, deputy chairperson of the committee on youth and sports in the parliament, to discuss the results of the work of the committee formed by the ministry to inspect the stadium.

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Al Ahly presents René Weiler as head coach for €2.2m one-season contract https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/02/al-ahly-presents-rene-weiler-as-head-coach-for-e2-2m-one-season-contract/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 21:00:12 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706865 Taha Ismail, head of the planning committee, said the coach was chosen because he is ambitious and young and has a good ability to communicate with the players

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Al Ahly presented its new coach, René Weiler, to the media at a press conference held at the club. A source at Al Ahly told Daily News Egypt that the contract will be for one season subject to renewal for one more season. René Weiler and his three foreign aides will receive €2.2m. The contract included a three-month penalty clause on the parties.

Taha Ismail, head of the planning committee, said the coach was chosen because he is ambitious and young and has a good ability to communicate with the players. He added that René Weiler will be in constant contact with the youth sector, especially the promising elements that represent the future of the club.

René Weiler said that Al Ahly’s reputation was the reason why he took a job for the first time in Africa. He added that he will work hard to win the championships with the club and the start will be the African Champions League that Al Ahly has missed for some time.

René Weiler, who was hired by Al Ahly to replace Argentine Martín Lasarte, is the 26th foreign coach in Ahly’s history.

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René Weiler named Al Ahly’s head coach with $2m annual salary https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/01/rene-weiler-named-al-ahlys-head-coach-with-2m-annual-salary/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 06:00:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706631 Sayed Abdel Hafez remains as football director

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Al Ahly SC have ended a long-running controversy over the head coach post after announcing that Swiss Rene Weiler will be in charge of the club’s football team following Martin Lasarte who was sacked in mid-August after losing to Pyramids in Egypt Cup.

The Swiss coach chose three foreign members in his coaching staff, a point that was controversial as Al Ahly wanted to appoint a national general coach, but finally approved the new coach’s requests.

A delegation from Al Ahly’s board of directors, led by Khaled Mortagy and Amir Tawfik, flew to Switzerland two days ago, after negotiations with Italian Luciano Spalletti and Brazilian Mano Menezes stalled.

Weiler was selected after long discussions within the club’s planning committee, including Taha Ismail, Zakaria Nassef, and Khaled Bebo, in coordination with Mahmoud El Khatib, chairperson of the club.

The 44-year-old Swiss manager agreed an annual salary of $2m, despite attempts by Mortagy and Tawfik to reduce it.

The Swiss coach is expected to arrive in Cairo on Sunday to officially start his job with the team.

Al Ahly’s next game will be against Equatorial Guinea champions Kano Sport on 14 September in the round of 32 of the CAF Champions League.

So far, it is not clear whether Weiler will lead Al Ahly in this match or the temporary coaching staff, led by Mohamed Youssef, will continue its work until the new coach gets to know the team.

The current football manager, Sayed Abdel Hafez, will remain in his post, while Samy Komsan will be the assistant manager.

Weiler has coached his fair share of clubs in Europe mainly in Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium including Swiss sides FC Aarau and FC Luzern, as well as German club FC Nuremberg.

However, his most successful stint was with Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht whom he led to their last league title in 2017 as well as the Super Cup.

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Egyptian athletes sweep 2019 African Games 2 days before its conclusion https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/30/egyptian-athletes-sweep-2019-african-games-2-days-before-its-conclusion/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:00:27 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706573 Pharaohs snag 142 medals, Egyptian Olympic Committee eyes 200 medals

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Egyptian athletes has proved themselves by sweeping the 12th African Games currently held in Rabat, Morocco from 19 to 31 August, witnessing the participation of 52 countries.

Egypt is participating in the tournament with a mission of 297 players, including 177 male and 120 female athletes in 28 games, of which 26 are Olympic, including 3×3 basketball, archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, chess, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, rowing, shooting, snooker, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. Seventeen of these games serve as pre-qualifiers to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Egypt topped the ranking winning 142 medals, including 40 gold, 64 silver, and 38 bronze until 27 August. South Africa came second with 56 medals, including 25 gold, 17 silver, and 14 bronze. Morocco came third with 71 medals: 22 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze, followed by Nigeria with 49 medals: 20 gold, 13 silver, and 16 bronze.

Mamdouh Sheshtawy, executive director of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, said the committee planned to win 195-200 medals at the African Games in Morocco.

“We have so far achieved 142 medals, and this shows that the plan of the Olympic Committee is going well. I must thank the Egyptian Swimming Federation, as it has achieved the most gold medals in the championship.”

Egypt also won gold medals in Judo by Ramadan Darwish, Ali Hazem, and Mohamed Abdel Rahman. In swimming competitions, Egyptians were also victorious as Ahmed Akram won two gold medals, Hania Moro got four gold medals, and each of Nour El Gendy, Marwan Al Khemash, Aly Khalaf Allah, Mohamed Sami, Farida Osman won two gold medals.

Egypt also won the gold medal in beach volleyball for females, represented by Farida Al Askalany and Doaa Al Ghobashy.

In Taekwondo, the gold medals went to Hedaya Malak and Maison Tolba.

Egypt also snagged gold medals in 1,000 metres rowing for mixed teams, and table tennis for men, women, and mixed teams (Omar Assar and Dina Moshref).

The Pharaohs won more gold in triathlon, mixed and individual chess by Ahmed Adly and Shorouk Wafa, athletics by Ahmed Shehab, shooting by Ahmed Qamar and Magy Ashmawy, weightlifting by Ahmed Saad (3 gold medals), karate by Yasmin Hamdy and Malik Salama, and gymnastics for women by Farah Ahmed, and fencing by Alaa Abu al-Qasim.

Silver medal winners included Gentan El Askry in billiards; Abdel Khalek El-Banna (two medals), Darine Hegazy (two medals), and Ahmed Abdel Khalek in rowing; and Farida Othman (two medals), Youssef El Kamash (three medals), Marawan El Kamash (two medals), Aly Khalaf Allah (two medals), Mohamed Samy, and Yassin El Shamaa in swimming.

The silver winners also included the 4×100m freestyle relay for men, 100m freestyle for women, 200m freestyle for women, 100m freestyle relay for mixed teams, 400m freestyle men and women, 100m men, 100m freestyle relay women.

In taekwondo, Abdulrahman Darwish, Salah El Din Khairy, Nour Abdulsalam, Moaz Ezzat, Seif Issa, Abdul Rahman Wael, Radwa Nada, and Rawan Refaey all won silver medals.

Egypt also won silver in equestrian teams; billiards by Abdel Rahman Haridy; table tennis for mixed teams by Ahmed Saleh and Farah Hassan, and men teams by Ahmed Saleh and Mohamed El-Bialy; weightlifting by Heba Ahmed (two medals), Basma Ibrahim (three medals), Israa Ahmed, and Neama Saied.

In addition, silver also went to Egypt in 3×3 basketball; fencing by Moataz Medhat, Noha Hany, and Sara Nono; Karate by Sara Essam, Ahmed Shawky, Radwa Sayed, Abdullah Mamdouh, Ferial Ashraf, and Menna Shaaban; team and individual gymnasts for women by Farah Sayed; athletics by Mohamed Magdy, Mostafa Ramadan, and Fatma El-Bendary; and Chess by Bassem Ibrahim.

For bronze winners, they included Mohamed Abdul Mawjood, Abdullah Othman, Kariman Kamel, and Lamia Hassan in judo; Maryam Abdel Latif (two medals) and Mohammed Kouta in rowing; Mohamed Hassan and Yassin Al Shamaa (two medals), Ahmed Salem (two medals), Marwan El Kamash (two medals), Sara Soleiman, Rawan El-Damaty, and Ahmed Akram in swimming; billiards teams; Menna Abdullah in taekwondo; badminton mixed teams; and table tennis for mixed teams by Reem Khaled and Mohamed El-Bialy as well as Dina Moshref and Yousra Helmy in table tennis women teams.

The bronze winners list extends to triathlon mixed team; Mohab Samir, Yara El Sharkawy, Mohamed Ashour, and Nardin Ehab in fencing; Taha Tarek, Ali Ismail, and Jianna Farouk in karate; Bassant Hamida and Dina Al Tabbaa in athletics; Esraa Ahmed and Neama Saied (2 medals) in weightlifting; and finally Ahmed Elhamy in gymnastics.

The African Games have been held every four years since 1965, previously under the names All-Africa Games and Pan African Games.

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic games first conceived the idea, but the games are now organised by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).

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Meet the Egyptian adventurer embarking a 900 km swim across Egypt’s Red Sea in 90 days https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/28/meet-the-egyptian-adventurer-embarking-a-900-km-swim-across-egypts-red-sea-in-90-days/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:42:15 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706422 El-Galla aims to get into Guinness World Record by finishing the last chapter of his extreme triathlon, to raise awareness of the plastic waste crisis

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For adventurer Omar El-Galla, cycling around Egypt, and running across its governorates from one side to another; did not satisfy his passion towards exploits, life-changing trips. Swimming across Egypt’s Red Sea, from the North to South, is El-Galla’s next mark in the world of adventures, in which he plans to cross 900 kilometres from Suez to Shalateen in an almost three-month trip.

By mid-September, El-Galla is to leave the modern luxurious city life and to get underway a 90-day challenging trip through. Through his journey, he is to live on a boat and conquer the high waves of the Red Sea.

The trip aims to raise people awareness of the plastic waste crises in Egypt. It follows the trail of several causes that were dedicated to spotlighting the negative effects of the single-use plastic products on the environment. In his trip, EL-Galla is to spend 90 days in the middle of the sea without the utilisation of any single-use plastic products.

By doing so, he wants to prove that if a person can spend three months in the middle of the sea without using plastic, then nothing prevents city residents from doing the same.

After running a distance of 1,500 km from Abu Simbel to Alexandria with nothing but a backpack, and cycling for 6,500 km across Egypt over 65 days; El-Galla is currently targeting to finish this extreme triathlon with a Guinness World Record by attempting to swim across Egypt.

Throughout the three month trip, he will be accompanied only with a sailboat, which will be his temporary home, where he will rest, eat and spend his nights.

While many people would fear the possible challenges such a trip might hold for them, fear is not on El-Galla’s feeling lists, which is topped by thrill and excitement.

“At this point, I just feel like I want to get to the starting line and start the swim,” El-Galla told Daily News Egypt, adding “The curiosity is consuming me; I want to know how things will unfold, how will my body and mind handle this swim.”

El-Galla stressed that excitement is the main emotion driving him, especially that he is about to become the first Egyptian to cross the Red Sea’s coast in Egypt, this allows him to “explore every nook and cranny under the water and above it, the reefs, marine life and islands.”

The trip is planned to start from Suez’s shore passing by Ain Sokhna, Zaafarana, Ras Ghareb, El-Gouna, Hurghada, Safaga, Quseir, Marsa Alam, Hamata, and Berenice before he ends up at Shalateen.

“I trained, researched and prepared as much as I could. But nothing prepares you for something like that, at the end I just have to go out there, throw my self into the water and start swimming,” he asserted.

The trip takes place in partnership with “if”, a sustainable initiative that’s the brainchild of record-breaking Egyptian adventurers Omar Samra and Ahmed Gabr. According to El-Galla, it is also authorized by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).

For months, Omar heavily trained in preparation for the event, under the supervision of his brother, Mohamed El-Galla, who is currently his swimming coach. Through the training, both focused on “improving my [Omar’s] technique as ultimately this is the key to finishing the swim with minimal effort and no injuries.”

Mohamed El-Galla was a competitive swimmer. He was qualified to become his brother’s coach, as he was the captain of the swim team of Canada at Carleton University and an assistant swim coach at a Canadian swim club.

“The plan is to swim 12-15 km every day, counting in some zigzagging and unfavourable weather conditions, I am expecting to swim the whole distance in 90 days. But ultimately the plan is to finish the swim even if it takes longer to complete it,” Omar explained his plans to overcome the huge distance.

Despite his excitement and well preparation, El-Galla acknowledged the challenges he is to face at his 900 kilometres journey.

“For safety, I will be accompanied by a sailboat the whole time, which will also be my home for the duration of the swim. I also will be towing a safety buoy all the time for safety and increased visibility, and we will be using a variety of non-telephone communication equipment and tracking equipment,” he explained.

He further added that he will wear a full swimsuit including gloves, socks and a neoprene swim hood to “protect my self from losing heat and getting hypothermia.”

As for the swimming time, El-Galla has studied the timing of which the tide is to support him on his trip.

“To avoid swimming against the tide, I will time my swims during a 6-hour window in daylight when the tide is on my side. The tide changes every 6 hours, so I have two, six-hour windows when the tide is with me, and since one of those widows is at night, I have to finish the daily distance in those 6 hours in the daylight,” he pointed out.

When asked about the way he psychologically prepares himself into overcrossing such a vast distance, he expressed his belief that “the distance seems absurdly long, but the trick is to break it down into very small goals.”

“I usually just think of the next hour then on finishing the day’s distance. Just focus on than, then at some point, I’ll realise that I have done 25% then I would tell my self ‘3 more of those and it is over’ then at 50% the countdown starts and that gets me going,” he further added.

The trip is planned to start on 15 September, yet people get to support El-Galla through purchasing his expedition t-shirt starting from the beginning of the month.

“There will be some challenging times and there will be some very tough times. But one thing is certain, we, the crew and I, will come out of this experience richer,” he smilingly concluded.

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First Edition of ZED Club’s Cup opening ceremony kicks off https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/26/first-edition-of-zed-clubs-cup-opening-ceremony-kicks-off/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:33:47 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706114 This is the first tournament of its kind to take place in Egypt and is organised by Z Bling Effect. 

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The first edition of the ZED Club’s Cup football tournament has kicked off on Sunday, at the newly launched ZED Park, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The tournament brought to life by Naguib Sawiris’ Ora Developers, is set to witness intense competition between the U13 teams of some of the world’s biggest football clubs, who have gathered in Egypt for the first time in history.

This is the first tournament of its kind to take place in Egypt and is organised by Z Bling Effect.

The inauguration of the ZED Club’s Cup was attended by iconic Egyptian football players including Ahmed Belal, Mohamed Shawky, Walid Salah El-Din and Emad Meteb, as well as, Mohamed El Garhi, Board Member of Al Ahly club and Mohamed El-Shawrkawy, Board Member of the Shooting Club.

Additionally, TV host Seif Zaher hosted the draw event and has been revealed as a member of the technical committee in addition to prominent sports figures Hazem Emam and Ahmed Hossam Mido.

CEO of Ora Developers Haitham Mohamed commented, “We’re very excited to be bringing some of the best football clubs in the world to compete in Egypt for the first time, especially when we’re focusing on the youth who have so much talent to offer.”

He said that this is a historical moment in Egypt, expressing their delight to be kicking off the first edition of the tournament at the company’s new ZED Park, giving the public a chance to discover what they are offering, including the fully equipped sports complex, adding that “this is only the beginning, and we’re looking forward to many more events at ZED Park.”

The opening match took place right after the ceremony at ZED’s fully equipped new sports complex.

A total of 12 teams will compete throughout the championship which will last five days, and conclude on Friday, 30 August. The matches will be held on ZED’s world-class FIFA-accredited football GrassMaster pitch. Furthermore, all locations and routes have been secured under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism.

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Sports Ministry collaborates with private sector to market Egyptian footballers in Europe https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/24/sports-ministry-collaborates-with-private-sector-to-market-egyptian-footballers-in-europe/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:00:29 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705924 The new project targets players aged 15-18 to participate in the international friendly tournament in the Netherlands, and other 10 players aged 10-15 to receive training with European teams of the same age at the expense of Simo Sport.

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Simo Sport announced the selection of 30 players to travel to the Netherlands to participate in a junior tournament with the aim to market the best Egyptian players in Europe, as scouts from major European clubs will attend the tournament.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, said the new initiative comes as part of the ministry’s projects to support young football talents in cooperation with the private sector in all governorates, in addition to preparing a new generation of promising sports talents capable of representing the country in various games.

The new project targets players aged 15-18 to participate in the international friendly tournament in the Netherlands, and other 10 players aged 10-15 to receive training with European teams of the same age at the expense of Simo Sport.

Mohamed Hassan, chairperson of Simo Sport, told Daily News Egypt that the company has signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in order to discover the young talents in all governorates depending on the ministry-affiliated youth centres.

He added that the proceeds of the project will be divided into 60% for the company, 20% for youth centres, and 20% for the ministry.

“Application forms were distributed in youth centres for those interested in the project. Some 7,000 players have undergone placement tests around Egypt,” he said.

Hassan explained that his company has spent more than EGP 1m on the project so far, and contributed to the inclusion of 850 players to be sponsored by the ministry within the project.

He pointed out that selected players were sent to closed training camps to prepare them technically and physically before assessing their abilities to compete abroad.

Hassan said the Netherlands tournament was scheduled for August, but it was delayed as some players could not get their passports on time, so the trip was postponed to 13 September. The travelling costs of each player reached EGP 20,000.

He explained that the biggest obstacle was the difficult economic conditions suffered by a number of players, which affected their physical strength due to poor nourishment.

Gharbeya is one of the most provinces that produce talented players, as well as Daqahleya, Fayoum, and Beheira.

Hassan revealed his company seeks to establish a new football club to compete in the Egyptian Premier League Fourth Division, he said, adding that this club would benefit from the talents to be discovered in the project. The club will be established in Barageel town in Giza.

He also plans to establish several football academies nationwide because there are great talents in Egypt that need care and support.

Hassan pointed out that he presented a proposal to the Ministry of Sports to market young players in individual games internationally in cooperation with two European companies, one English and the other Portuguese.

Simo Sport started its activity in Egypt last year, as a branch of the parent company in the Netherlands. The company is specialised in the establishment of sports training camps and facilitate training opportunities for players and coaches in European clubs. The company was the mediator of selling Belgian Lierse S.K. to Magdy Samy, chairperson of Wadi Degla, before he later sold the club.

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Talent Project’s budget to reach EGP 68m, sponsoring 3,100 players from 27 provinces https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/24/talent-projects-budget-to-reach-egp-68m-sponsoring-3100-players-from-27-provinces/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:30:26 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705923 He pointed out that Talent and Olympic Champion projects represent Egypt's hope in achieving more medals and titles in the future, and the Ministry has spared no effort in supporting the projects.

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, said the Talent and Olympic Champion are the most important national projects adopted by the Ministry to discover and sponsor talented athletes and develop their abilities based on international standards in each game.

He added that the political leadership pays special attention to the selection of sports talents to compete for podiums in various international sports.

Sobhy pointed out that Egypt is witnessing big sports achievements among national youth teams, such as U-21 handball team ranking third in the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship, winning U-19 World Championship, women’s basketball team ranking second in U-16 African Championship to qualify for the World Cup, and other achievements in individual games, including modern pentathlon, taekwondo, and swimming.

He pointed out that Talent and Olympic Champion projects represent Egypt’s hope in achieving more medals and titles in the future, and the Ministry has spared no effort in supporting the projects.

Sobhy praised the outstanding level of all project’s players and asked them to do their best in the coming tournaments.

Moreover, the Ministry of Youth and Sports aims to increase the allocations of the Talent and Olympic Champion to EGP 68m in the current fiscal year after the promising start of the projects last year.

Mohamed Hamdy, the project’s manager, told Daily News Egypt that the budget of the project during last year amounted to EGP 34m, and the ministry is trying to double it, in light of the clear interest of the state in the project.

He added that the project includes seven individual games, namely wrestling, boxing, judo, weightlifting, taekwondo, athletics, and table tennis, as well as handball and basketball. It is divided into five stages, juniors, promising players, elites, and Olympic champions.

The junior stage includes players from age 10. During this stage, the project’s administrators conduct measurements to determine the best game for each young player and prepare them to participate in local championships for two years, and then be upgraded to Promising Players stage for more two years, in which best players will be prepared to participate in republic tournaments in coordination with concerned sports federations. Through this stage, the most talented players will be added to national teams to participate in continental championships. This stage lasts for a year, and if they achieved good results, they will join the Elites stage, during which the ministry offers closed training camps and friendly encounters with foreign players to increase their experience and enable them to join the last stage, which is the Olympic Champion.

Hamdy stressed the project will include all the country’s governorates, establishing a major centre for each geographical area which has a large number of good players in a certain game, such as weightlifting in Ismailia. The project will provide full accommodation for all players and monthly salary of EGP 350.

He pointed out that the project will recruit sports psychiatrists to be part of the project’s technical staff to prepare champions psychologically. A total 82 centres for young and promising players have been opened this year and will be increased next year. The technical staff received necessary training courses, Hamdy noted.

The Minister of Youth and Sports requested preparing a list of nominees for coaching in each game in order to start preparing their travel procedures to attend specialised training in Leipzig in Germany.

Hamdy said the entire project is currently supervised by the state, and the Ministry of Sports seeks to attract the private sector companies to sponsor the project.

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Researchers monitor CO2 leakage sites on ocean floor https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/21/researchers-monitor-co2-leakage-sites-on-ocean-floor/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:18:18 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705713 Injecting CO2 deep below seabed can help mitigate climate change

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Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed can be an important strategy for easing climate change, according to experts in the field. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for leakage of the greenhouse gas.

Now, researchers reporting in ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have studied natural sources of CO2 release off the coast of Italy, using what they learned to develop models that could be applied to future storage sites.

The multinational energy company Equinor operates a CO2 capture and storage facility that injects about 1 megaton per year of the greenhouse gas into an offshore sandstone aquifer deep below Norwegian waters. Undersea storage of the gas presents less risk for humans in case of accidental leakage compared with storage on land because the vast ocean acts as a buffer for the released CO2.

However, the leaked gas can dissolve in ocean water, decreasing the pH and potentially harming the local marine ecosystem. Currently, scientists lack an established method to identify and quantify multiple CO2 leaks spread across a region of the ocean floor. Therefore, Jonas Gros and colleagues investigated pH changes near natural CO2 seeps in the vicinity of Panarea, a small island off the coast of northern Sicily.

The researchers used scuba divers and ship-based instrument deployments to collect gas and water samples from undersea CO2 plumes. The team used these data to validate a computer model that they developed to predict pH changes to water resulting from leakage of the gas. This simulation indicated that over 79% of the CO2 dissolved within 4 metres of the seafloor.

The team found that the model could predict a pattern of pH variation in waters surrounding the leakage site that was similar to actual data collected by sensors towed underwater. The new model could be used to guide sampling strategies during routine monitoring of storage sites and to estimate impacts of CO2 releases to the local marine environment.

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NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/19/nbe-announces-egp-2-5m-prizes-for-handball-youth-teams-for-their-world-achievements/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:57:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705426 Nasr explained that this announcement was only a few hours after the tournament concluded, and there may be other financial awards from businesspeople or companies.

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The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has announced granting EGP 2.5m prizes to Egypt’s youth and junior handball teams after winning the Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship in Skopje, North Macedonia and the bronze medal at the Men’s Junior World Championship in Spain.

Hesham Nasr, president of the Egyptian Handball Federation, told Daily News Egypt that the NBE is the first Egyptian side to notify him of financial awards to the national teams. The award for the U-19 team will be higher than that of the U-21 team, as they were crowned world champions.

Nasr explained that this announcement was only a few hours after the tournament concluded, and there may be other financial awards from businesspeople or companies.

He pointed out that the International Handball Federation does not give teams that achieve advanced positions any financial prizes, according to regulations.

Moreover, since the Egyptian Handball Federation has cancelled its sponsorship contract with Presentation Sports in April, the federation has not received any other sponsorship offers. The federation cancelled its EGP 50m sponsorship contract with Presentation, which was supposed to extend until the 2021 World Cup in Cairo because of the company’s failure to comply with the terms of the contract, the federation said in a statement.

Nasr predicted that the federation will receive many sponsoring offers after the national teams’ outstanding results.

He explained that the federation allocated $1,500 prize for each player after winning the World Championship. Moreover, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, told Daily News Egypt that the ministry will award EGP 112,500 for each player according to the regulations of the ministry. While the U-21 youth team will receive EGP 59,000 prize for each player.

Sources told Daily News Egypt that Sobhy is expected to cut short his visit to Morocco and return to Cairo to welcome the U-19 handball team scheduled to arrive home on Tuesday.

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Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/18/unprecedented-glory-egypt-win-mens-u-19-world-handball-championship/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:55:19 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705291 President Al-Sisi congratulates the Egyptian players, praising their heroic performance

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Egypt made history on Sunday after beating Germany 32-28 in the final of the Men’s U-19 World Handball Championship, to be the first non-European team to clinch the precious title. Immediately after the match, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi congratulated the Egyptian players on social media, praising their heroic performance throughout the tournament.

This dream team reached the final for the first time too following a 41-36 victory over Portugal in the semi-finals. Egypt were leading throughout the match and had a comfortable advantage at half-time (19-14), but Germany pulled off a great comeback and made it a tense second half. 

The U-19 Men’s World Championship was the eighth edition of the tournament, held from 6 to 18 August in Skopje, North Macedonia.

It has been a victorious year for Egyptians as the new achievement was a step further than the earlier winning of Egypt’s U-21 team of the bronze medal at the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship in July after beating Portugal 37-27 in the third-place playoff.

The International Handball Federation revealed this year Men’s Youth World Championship All-star Team which included players representing five different nations – and three who also won the bronze medal with Egypt at the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship, as well as the gold winners of the North Macedonia tournament.

The team includes Germany’s Alexander Reimann as left wing, Egypt’s Hassan Walid Ahmed as Left back, Lauritz Reinholdt Leger of Denmark as centre back, Portugal’s right back Martim Costa, Hungary’s right wing Daniel Kecskes, line player Tom Bergner from Germany, and Egypt’s goalkeeper Abdelrahman Mohamed Homayed, Germany’s Julian Koster as best defender, and Egypt’s Hassan Walid Ahmed as top scorer with 51 goals, as well as Egypt’s Ahmed Hesham Elsayed selected as MVP.

During the championship, Egypt’s youngsters had a very successful run, beating Iceland in the quarter-finals, and managed to win four out of their five group stage games against Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada, and Hungary and had just one narrow defeat to holders France.

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Three incredible Egyptian athletes who challenged their disabilities https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/12/three-incredible-egyptian-athletes-who-challenged-their-disabilities/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 19:09:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704965 Mariam Adel was honoured by Al-Sisi for winning gold medal in English Equitation at 2019 Abu Dhabi Special Olympics

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It’s safe to say that the Egyptian delegation that participated in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Special Olympics (14-21 March) has taken the event by a storm. Egyptian athletes have broken all expectations and won a total of 70 medals (29 gold, 21 silver, and 20 bronze).

Mariam Adel was among the Egyptian Special Olympics delegation, which consists of 34 male athletes and 35 females. She won the gold medal in English Equitation contest.

Last month, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi honoured a number of outstanding youth models during the closing session of the 7th Youth Conference held in the New Administrative Capital. Mariam was among the honoured youth. Daily News Egypt sat with Mariam and two others of her colleagues, Naira Essam and Karim El-Mosallamy, as well as their families whose continuous support helped those athletes to make global achievements.

It was not Mariam’s first official award, as she was also honoured by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed among three other world champions on the sidelines of the Special Olympics.

Laila, Mariam’s the mother, said: “Mariam learned many sports and finally decided to try horse riding. She trained in many places. It’s an expensive sport; an eight-session training costs EGP 1,500 and the equitation outfit is priced EGP 10,000.

“Her coach is keen to support her. And after she achieved good results, we became more determined to complete playing this sport. She participated in the Special Olympics and won the gold medal. In 2015, Mariam participated in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles and won two silvers.”

Mariam’s brilliance was not limited to the equitation, she also played athletics and participated in regional and international championships. In Beirut 2002, she won two silver medals, then another two in 2003 in Ireland in shot puts, running, swimming, and karate.

Mariam, 26, also has her own investment ideas. She owns a small business, called 4 Biscuits, involving three of her female friends and a young man. They make biscuits and sell them online. Mariam filmed a documentary about her own experience and achievements within the women pioneers programme of the Social Solidarity Ministry.

Another champion is the 16-year-old Naira Essam who is also studying at the Conservatoire – the Higher Institute for Music.

Her mother, Aliaa, said: “Naira participated in a regional championship in 2018 and won two gold medals. She also won two silvers in the world championship in 2019.”

“Naira is training at the Equestrian Club of Gezira. She also plays swimming and basketball and won the republic championships in both of them,” Aliaa added.

For her art activity, Naira participates in theatrical performances, whether playing music or acting in Set El Dunia and It Stays Pending plays. She also participated in the International Festival of Children of Peace in Morocco, and is preparing to participate in Bent Ali opera performance, the mother said.

Aliaa added: “Naira was advised by her professor at the Conservatory Amany Soliman to play sports to improve her breathing for flute playing. She started with swimming in Wadi Degla club, then equestrian in the Armed Forces Club, where she drew the attention of her trainers.”

“Naira has the ability to deal with any horse. She participated in the Special Olympics in the UAE and won the gold medal. We gave her a special training costing EGP 150 per session, along with her regular training in the Armed Forces Club and the Equestrian Club.”

The third champion Daily New Egypt has met was Karim El-Mosallamy. He is a 32-year-old horse rider. He also plays handball and table tennis. He trains at Happy World Association and the Armed Forces Club. He participated in the Special Olympics 2019 and wong gold and bronze medals.

His mother said: “Karim is training in private clubs and the Equestrian Club to develop his performance.”

Karim made achievements in other sports as well. In 2008, he won the gold medal in handball at a championship in Dubai.

Aside from sports, Karim participated in a drawing exhibition at the Opera House. When he was young, he starred in A Hot Night film with Nour El-Sherif and Lebleba.

Karim is studying at the German University in Cairo, where he partakes in training workshops in different departments.

Karim’s mother shared: “In Dubai, they received in-kind gifts. They should get financial prizes like other athletes. President Al-Sisi gave directives for this matter, but it never happened. And we suffer a lot because of that.”

She added: “They should be granted a free membership in private clubs located near of their residences. Karim lives in Shorouk City and spent a lot of money and effort to go to Gezira Club. They should receive subsidised transportation and health care at hospitals close to their residences. They should also be granted pensions. Karim’s equestrian training costs EGP 600 besides transportation.”

“Karim was honoured by the administration of Shorouk City by naming one of the city’s streets after him. It was a good gesture from the city’s residents,” the mother said.

  

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Zamalek sign 10 new players in preparation for CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/02/zamalek-sign-10-new-players-in-preparation-for-caf-champions-league-caf-super-cup/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:00:44 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704242 Esperance confirmed as 2019 CAF Champions League winners by CAS

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Zamalek announced 10 new signings at a press conference held on Wednesday in preparation for the team’s campaign in the CAF Champions League, in which they will face Dekedaha FC of Somalia in the preliminary round of the tournament, as well as the CAF Super Cup game that will be held in the UAE on 16, 17, or 18 August.

The new players are Shikabala; Mostafa Mohamed, who was on loan to Tala’ea El Gaish SC; Mohamed Abdul Shafy and Karim Bambo in free transfer deals; Moroccan Ashraf Borgaki and Mohamed Ounajem; and Eslam Gaber, as well as three goalkeepers: Mohamed Awaad, Mohamed Abo Gabal, and Mohamed Sobhy.

Mortada Mansour, the club’s president, announced they are negotiating with three coaches to lead the team in the coming season, replacing Khalid Galal who was sacked after losing the league title and the derby game against Al Ahly last week.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Morocco’s Wydad Athletic appeal to replay the 2019 CAF Champions League final against Esperance, confirming the Tunisian side as winners of the edition.

The second leg of the Champions League final on 31 May was controversially abandoned by Wydad after the club’s players took issue with the faulty VAR system. As a result, Esperance were initially declared champions on the evening but CAF later made an about-turn and ruled that the second-leg should be replayed at a neutral venue.

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EFA’s marketing department awaits election of new board to develop Egyptian football: Zaher https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/02/efas-marketing-department-awaits-election-of-new-board-to-develop-egyptian-football-zaher/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704240 We will cooperate with La Liga, but it’s still hard to establish a professional sports league organisation, says marketing director

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As soon as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), hosted from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, came to an end, the pre-tournament situation returns. The league matches were played without fans, the renovated stadiums were closed, and the quality of TV broadcast of games was once again poor.

Daily News Egypt spoke with Mohamed Samir Zaher, marketing director in the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), about the department’s plans to develop the football in Egypt.

What are your plans for developing football in Egypt?

The marketing department is awaiting the election of a new board of directors of the EFA as the last board, headed by Hany Abu Reda, has resigned on the background of Egypt’s early exit from AFCON. The marketing department is preparing several proposals for the development of football in Egypt benefiting from the huge success in organising AFCON. The upcoming EFA board would discuss these proposals.

Can you tell us about your meeting with the representatives of Spanish La Liga?

The EFA has held two meetings with the representatives of La Liga to benefit from their expertise in the development of the Egyptian football. There are many things that must be considered in this file, notably setting a fixed schedule for the league matches to ensure the best promotion of the tournament because the good organisation would avoid conflict with other competitions or events that could affect the viewing rates.

Mohamed Samir Zaher, marketing director in the Egyptian Football Association (EFA)

Have you reached any agreement with La Liga?

There was a memorandum of cooperation between La Liga and EFA but the activation of this memorandum is now in the hands of the upcoming EFA board. The memorandum included many articles, notably the development of coaches through obtain international coaching licenses, and the development of women football in Egypt.

How can Egypt benefit from the renovated stadiums that hosted AFCON?

Regular maintenance is necessary to keep these stadiums in their best form. When the league starts, each club should have its home stadium so it will be easier to maintain stadiums, since there are at least 20 stadiums ready to host the league. In most countries, all clubs participating in the league should have their own stadiums, but under the current circumstances in Egypt the league clubs can rent stadiums for the whole season.

How can we capitalise upon the success of Tazkarti to bring football fans back to stadiums in Egypt?

There is a clear tendency for the return of fans to stadiums in local tournaments, but this requires making some changes in the Fan ID system, for example, the ID should bear the logo and colour of the favourite team, each club’s games should be played in the club’s region, such as Misr Lel Makkasa in Fayoum.

Under the current circumstances, can Egypt establish a professional sports league organisation?

It is difficult now to establish a professional sports league organisation because it would have the right to market the local competitions, and there is already a sponsorship contract between the EFA and Presentation by which the company has the commercial rights of Egyptian Premier League until 2022.

What about the possibility of applying VAR in Egypt?

The application of the VAR will be in the hands of the referees committee of the EFA. If the committee agreed, there would be more than one way for the application of the new system.

What are the updates of adopting a unified ball for the Egyptian Premier League?

The resignation of the EFA board has halted an agreement with Puma to produce a unified ball. According to this deal, each club would receive 100 balls. The agreement will be postponed to the next season, even though the company has already made the ball with the EFA logo and started selling it at its stores.

Are there any plans to improve the TV broadcast of league matches?

The marketing committee will present a proposal for the coming board of EFA to develop the TV broadcast of the Egyptian Premier League through an agreement with the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) to allocate a certain number of cameras in all games, as it would be costly to contract with foreign broadcasting companies.

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297 Egyptian athletes partake in 2019 All-Africa Games in Morocco https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/31/297-egyptian-athletes-partake-in-2019-all-africa-games-in-morocco/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 06:00:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704043 The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, called on the participating athletes to do their best. He expressed his confidence in the players and their ability to win medals.

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Egypt’s mission in the 2019 All-Africa Games, hosted by the Moroccan city of Rabat on 19-31 August, will include 297 athletes participating in 24 sports, the Egyptian Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday. The 2019 African Games will be a qualification step for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The sports in which Egypt will participate are: archery, athletics, badminton, 3×3 basketball, boxing, canoeing, fencing, equestrian, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, badminton, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling, plus two non-Olympic games: chess and snooker.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, called on the participating athletes to do their best. He expressed his confidence in the players and their ability to win medals.

The sports minister stressed that the Egyptian government, led by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, put sports at the top of its priorities. He added that the great achievements of Egyptian sport are the result of unlimited support from the political leadership.

The African Games are held every four years and this edition will be played in four cities: Rabat, Casablanca, El Jadida, and Salé, after Equatorial Guinea withdrew from hosting the tournament. About 5,000 African athletes are expected to join the 2019 African Games. Morocco is the third Arab country to host the Games after Egypt in 1991, and Algeria in 1978 and 2007.

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Sports Ministry honours national team for winning bronze in Men’s Junior World Handball Championship https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/30/sports-ministry-honours-national-team-for-winning-bronze-in-mens-junior-world-handball-championship/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 22:31:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703923 The Pharaohs produced some impressive displays in the tournament, repeating the 1999 achievement when they won bronze against France.

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Ministry of Youth and Sports is preparing an official reception ceremony for the national handball team when they return from Spain, for their excellent and distinguished performance in Men’s Junior World Handball Championship in which they won the bronze medal following a 37-27 victory over Portugal in the third-place playoff on Sunday. The national team mission will return home on Tuesday morning.

The Pharaohs produced some impressive displays in the tournament, repeating the 1999 achievement when they won bronze against France.

Egypt managed to qualify for the knockout rounds after topping group B following five wins from five against the likes of Sweden, France, South Korea, Nigeria, and Australia, becoming the first non-European team to win all their group matches since 2009.

They then managed to beat Serbia and Norway in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively to face their group opponents France once again.

However, France had the upper hand and defeated Egypt 35-33, depriving the Pharaohs of the chance to reach their first final since 1993 when they made history by winning the trophy at home.

Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah congratulated the national handball team for winning bronze. “Congratulations to Egypt’s handball team. A great and usual achievement of the Egyptian handball. Good luck,” Salah said on Twitter.

Hisham Nasr, head of the Egyptian Handball Federation, said, “There is a great honouring awaiting the Pharaohs after winning the bronze in the world championship in Spain.”

Nasr said in a press statement that the details of the honouring ceremony will be announced later after the return of the team from Spain.

He praised the team, led by coach Tarek Mahrous, stressing that “they met the high expectations of the Egyptian people.”

“Those players are the hope of the Egyptian handball, and we expect them to make a great achievement for Egypt in the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship in Cairo,” he added.

He pointed out that “this generation succeeded in reviving the love of handball in the hearts of Egyptians.”

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Glorious Farida Osman gets bronze at World Swimming Championships https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/30/glorious-farida-osman-gets-bronze-at-world-swimming-championships/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 22:27:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703913 Osman qualified for the final on Friday after finishing fifth in the semis with a time of 25.79 seconds.

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Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman won the bronze medal in the women’s 50m butterfly final at the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea after finishing third in the final with a time of 25.47 seconds on Saturday.

Osman qualified for the final on Friday after finishing fifth in the semis with a time of 25.79 seconds.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, congratulated Osman and the Egyptian Swimming Federation, headed by Yasser Idris for the historic achievement.

Having started swimming at the age of four, Osman represented Egypt at the 2011 FINA junior World Championships before becoming an Olympian at only 17 when she participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

She was seventh at the World Championships in 2013 and, two years later, finished fifth in the 50m butterfly at the World Championship with a time of 25.78 seconds, an African record at the time. She still holds the African record with a 25.39-second finish in Budapest.

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Pharaohs clinch Bronze medal in Men’s Junior World Handball Championship https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/29/pharaohs-clinch-bronze-medal-in-mens-junior-world-handball-championship/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 22:38:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703765 Egypt first non-European team to win all their group matches since 2009

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Egypt won the Bronze medal in the 2019 Men’s Junior World Handball Championship, held in Spain, following a 37-27 victory over Portugal in the third-place playoff on Sunday.

The Pharaohs produced some impressive displays in the tournament, repeating the 1999 achievement when they won the Bronze medal against France.

Egypt managed to qualify for the knockout rounds after topping group B following five wins from five against the likes of Sweden, France, South Korea, Nigeria, and Australia, becoming the first non-European team to win all their group matches since 2009.

They then managed to beat Serbia and Norway in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively to face their group opponents France once again.

However, France had the upper hand and defeated Egypt 35-33, depriving the Pharaohs of the chance to reach their first final since 1993 when they made history by winning the trophy at home.


The nation team mission will return home on Tuesday morning. The Egyptian Handball Federation, headed by Hisham Nasr, is preparing a major ceremony to celebrate the team’s achievement to be attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy.

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Egypt play Algeria in Men’s African Volleyball Championship third-place playoff https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/28/egypt-play-algeria-in-mens-african-volleyball-championship-third-place-playoff/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 15:27:45 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703713 Hosts Tunisia face Cameroon in championship final

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Egypt’s national volleyball team will meet Algeria on Sunday evening in the third-place playoff of the Men’s African Volleyball Championship held in Tunisia. In the same say, the hosts will play Cameroon in the championship final.

Egypt have lost to Tunisia 3-1 in the semi-finals held at El Menzah Sports Palace last Friday. While Cameroon, who topped Pool B, defeated Algeria 3-0.

The hosts, defending the title they secured in 2017, topped Pool A, defeating DR Congo, Chad, Botswana, and Algeria.

Egypt were safe in the second qualifying spot in Pool B after earlier wins over Morocco, Burundi, and Congo.

Egypt have eight African titles, the last of which in 2015. While Tunisia have nine titles, and is very close to win their 10th.

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League champions Al Ahly in special contest against Zamalek https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/28/league-champions-al-ahly-in-special-contest-against-zamalek/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 15:25:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703712 Red Devils seek to complete their victorious league run, while White Knights need face-saving win

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The longest Egyptian Premier League season will come to an end on Sunday when Al Ahly meet Zamalek at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium in a strong but pointless derby after the Red Devils secured the league title last Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Al Mokawloon Al Arab. Al Ahly have extended their record of league titles to 41 with this year’s triumph.

The result put Al Ahly five points clear of their great rivals Zamalek. However, the Egyptian Classico is always a special encounter no matter the situation of both teams, with each side aiming to prove its dominance over the Egyptian football.

This Egyptian league season had been delayed repeatedly for several reasons, most lately for the recent Africa Cup of Nations hosted by the country from 21 June to 19 July.

Al Ahly lead the league table with 77 points, while Zamalek is second with 72 points, meaning that each of them will participate in the next CAF Champions League.

Al Ahly entered in a closed camp in Alexandria after beating Al Mokawloon. The team’s coaching staff, led by Uruguayan Martín Lasarte, advised the players to postpone their celebrations until they play Zamalek.

The White Knights are also intensively preparing for the game as the players realise that beating Al Ahly will ease the distress of losing the league title to their rivals and will give them a big boost before the start of the new season.

We expect an exciting match as both teams have nothing to lose. The league’s first-round match between Al Ahly and Al Zamalek ended in a goalless draw and saw poor performance from both teams, but the coming match will be different.

The 118th Cairo derby coincides with the summer transfer window in which all teams are in race against time to sign high-quality players to strengthen their squads in preparation for the new season.

Amir Mortada Mansour, the supervisor of Zamalek’s football team, is exerting great efforts in this regard. He called on the team’s stars to focus and win the Sunday match to reconcile the angry fans after losing the league title.

Meanwhile, Zamalek has decided to terminate the contracts of the coaching staff, led by Khaled Galal, after the Sunday match, due to losing the title race.

Galal took charge of Zamalek succeeding Swiss Christian Gross whose contract ended in May. Galal led the White Knights in three matches; a win over Ismaili and two draws against Haras El Hodoud and El Gouna.

In the CAF Champions League, Al Ahly will face South Sudan’s Atlabara in the preliminary round, while Zamalek will be playing against Somalia’s Dekedaha.

The first leg will be played on either 9, 10, or 11 August outside Egypt, while the second leg will be played two weeks later in Egypt.

Al Ahly and Zamalek in 2018/19 Egyptian Premier League

Al Ahly

Ranking: 1st

Games: 33

Win: 24

Draw: 5

Lose: 4

Goals For: 55

Gaols Against: 20

Goal difference: 35

Top Scorer: Ali Maâloul (7 goals)

Zamalek

Ranking: 2nd

Games: 33

Win: 21

Draw: 9

Lose: 3

Goals For: 65

Goals Against: 30

Goal difference: 35

Top scorers: Mahmoud Alaa (15 goals)

Ramadan Sobhi

Age: 22

Position: Forward / Left Winger

Marketing value: €5m

Contract until: June 2020

League games: 17

Win: 14

Draw: 2

Lose: 1

Scored: 2

Assist: 3

Minutes played: 1,295

Tarek Hamed

Age: 30

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Marketing value: €1.5m

Contract until: June 2022

League games: 29

Win: 20

Tied: 6

Lose: 3

Scored: 2

Assist: 2

Minutes played: 2,593

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Egyptian football league needs rebranding, AFCON19 should be exploited: Media Pro Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/27/egyptian-football-league-needs-rebranding-afcon19-should-be-exploited-media-pro-egypt/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:00:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703575 Government should lead development of Egyptian football

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The TV broadcast of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) received great acclaim. It was the first time to use the 4K technology and such large number of cameras to broadcast the tournament.

Media Pro was responsible for television production of AFCON19 and implemented VAR technology in the tournament. It is one of the largest suppliers of video assistant referee (VAR) equipment in the world, and responsible for television productions for the Spanish, French, and Italian football divisions, and for the distribution of Spanish leagues worldwide.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Tamer Yousry, CEO of Media Pro International in Egypt, to discuss the company’s achievements and plans and how Egyptian football league can benefit from the AFCON experience.

How do you evaluate Egypt’s organisation of AFCON 2019?

All the aspects of the tournament, including the Fan ID, TV broadcast, and renovation of stadiums, can be exploited by Egypt to correct the situation of local football industry. It is necessary to benefit from what happened in AFCON to develop the Egyptian football league having major popularity in the continent and two major clubs, Al Ahly and Zamalek. I think the Egyptian league needs rebranding so as to be promoted as a new product.

What should Egypt do to achieve this?

The Egyptian government has to lead the development of local football industry, and this does not contradict with international regulations, as it can push those in charge to improve the local league. The Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) next election will not make any difference. There must be a professional league, and nothing hinders this now. The TV broadcast rights are now granted to a single company, which makes broadcasting easier. An executive body should be formed to manage the league away from the EFA.

We had a similar opportunity after AFCON 2006, but we missed it. We must not allow this to happen again. It is not difficult and the cost is not high. We have already been through the difficult part. Our company is ready to participate in the development process, and we opened our office in Egypt for this purpose. Egypt has many professional young talents who can change the current situation.

What can the company offer to develop the Egyptian league?

The cost of applying the VAR for an entire matchweek is equal to hiring a foreign referee crew to officiate a league match, so it’s not high and increases the market value of the tournament. We are in negotiations with the EFA over this issue.

In AFCON, there were 25 cameras to broadcast each game. Besides the main camera that is placed at the main media tribune, there are lots of cameras littered everywhere on the pitch side, behind either goal area (netcam), in the stands, on the roof top, and a skycam that runs just over the players’ heads for aerial view, along with a specialised camera for the entry and exit of players. The skycam hangs over the space with four reels anchored at high fixed points at corners of the stadium.

The human element is still very important in the TV broadcast. We can bring foreign directors to train Egyptian ones, as we seek to produce the Egyptian league.

Does the company have other activities in the Arab region?

We will apply the VAR technology in Morocco’s new football season. We also aim to apply it in Egypt to benefit from the presence of six Egyptian referees who were already trained on VAR.

Can you tell us more about the company’s history and business?

The company is based in Barcelona, Spain. Time Out was our agent in Egypt, before we decided to open our office in Egypt. We produce 26 leagues across the world. This year, we produced the UEFA Champions League, the AFC Asian Cup Final, the AFCON, and Formula 1. We distribute the TV broadcast rights of the La Liga around the world. The company also established both Barcelona and Real Madrid channels and museums, and provided the assets of BeIN Sports and Abu Dhabi Media.

When did Time Out start its activity?

Time Out has started five years ago with the aim to develop football sponsorship of players and clubs in Egypt and the Middle East, achieving the best ROI for sponsors.

How much is the company’s capital?

The company began with a small capital of EGP 120,000 and then was raised by 5,000%. We started as players’ agent. We provided endorsement deals from Málaga CF to Zamalek’s player Mohamed Ibrahim, and from RCD Espanyol to Mohamed Salah before moving to FC Basel.

What are the most important activities of the company?

We are working on developing Etisalat’s sports app. We facilitated endorsement deals for big stars, such as Carles Puyol, Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, and Mido. These deals secure excellent returns for the company. Two years ago, the company concluded its first sponsorship deal in the English Premier League for an Egyptian company. It was between Chelsea FC and Mobinil in the 2013/14 season when Mohamed Salah was playing for the club. The deal was worth £150,000. We also provided sponsorship deal by Hyde Park to Arsenal, then Banque du Caire, Vodafone with Liverpool, and La Liga with Orange.

How can you attract Egyptian companies to sponsor European clubs?

Some people believe that the sponsorship deal value should be huge, but this is not true for regional rights. It is easy for any company to get the sponsorship rights of a big international club, like Real Madrid or Barcelona, for less value than local clubs, which offers huge advertisement for the company. The Egyptian market, according to studies, is the most interesting for the European leagues in the world. This is mainly due to the football activity suspension in Egypt in the past and banning fans from attending games.

Do you have contracts with Egyptian athletes?

We have the commercial rights of some Egyptian athletes, such as swimmer Farida Othman, handball player Mohamed Sanad. We had some business with Mohamed Salah and concluded his contract with Mobil recently.

Does the company have business outside Egypt?

At the Arab level, Time Out developed the app “du” in the UAE. We have contracts with major clubs there, as well as in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

For commercial rights of football side, how do you see the situation in Egypt?

The football industry in Egypt needs great development. There have been some improvements in recent years, but it has been characterised by randomness. It is necessary to change the mentality of dealing with advertising. It is necessary to understand the nature of each club’s fans. Clubs must stop relying on sponsors. Each club has a specific nature of fans and so it must sell its ads accordingly and not unify sponsors for all clubs.

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La Liga ready to transfer expertise to develop football in Egypt: Fernando Sanz https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/27/la-liga-ready-to-transfer-expertise-to-develop-football-in-egypt-fernando-sanz/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 07:30:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703611 Satellite broadcast rights for the Spanish league is worth €2.1bn

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La Liga, the top professional division of the Spanish football league, has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop the game in Egypt.

La Liga has taken a different approach, placing it at the top of the football pyramid in the world, which has emerged in its quest to open new horizons for further expansion in Africa and the Middle East to enhance its brand and opened the door to cooperation with various countries to develop football.

Daily News Egypt spoke with Fernando Sanz, Director of Institutional Relations and La Liga Ambassadors programme, about what La Liga can offer to contribute to the development of the football industry in Egypt, what the game needs to keep abreast of what is happening in the world, and his recent visit to Egypt.

Sanz started his football career at the Real Madrid Academy, and then moved to Málaga CF. Sanz retired from football in 2006, after Málaga’s relegation, with 240 matches and five goals in the top level to his credit, immediately becoming president of the club after his father bought 97% of its shares. After four years, he resigned on 27 July 2010 as the club was sold earlier in the summer to a Qatari investor.

You recently visited Egypt, we would like to know more about the reasons of this visit, and did you achieve the visit’s goal(s)?

I have been in Egypt to inaugurate the La Liga Space and interactive fan zone of La Liga where we highlighted the African talents that play in La Liga this season and also all of the ones that played historically in the best league in the world.

What are your plans for the Egyptian market?

Egypt is a very interesting market for La Liga as we have millions of fans that watch Spanish football every year.

Since 2015, the league has been working to create commercial opportunities and visibility across the continent and Egypt is no exception. Orange Egypt, for example, has been an official Telecom partner of La Liga for the past four years.

More recently, La Liga opened academies in Cairo in September of 2018, with almost 100 children enrolled, while over 1,000 Egyptian students have been reached through cultural seminars in collaboration with the embassy of Spain.

We recently participated at AFCON 2019 through our La Liga Space. Through this activation, we were able to demonstrate La Liga’s ongoing commitment to African football and the key role that African football already plays in our competition.

La Liga has a sponsor, Orange Egypt since 2015, we have an educational partner, ESLSCA Business School, and we run sports management courses with them, projects with the Spanish embassy. Very interesting projects to come soon.

Reflecting on the strength of this relationship, the ESLSCA Business School’s Cairo campus was chosen as the location for the first international course when La Liga Business School began its global expansion earlier in 2019.

It has been previously reported that you are planning to collaborate with the EFA on the VAR technology, what details can you share about this collaboration?

We have met the EFA and discussed many possibilities of collaboration. We are pleased to work with football institutions as we are doing in several countries to take the football industry to the next level in a global perspective.

What does the Egyptian football lack to be an integrated industry?

Interchange know-how with foreign institutions is a fruitful way to learn from each other towards professionalisation of the football industry.

How can La Liga help/support Egyptian football in general?

La Liga has academies in Egypt since September 2018 with up to 130 kids nowadays, and we have Spanish coaches on the ground. Our aim with the academies is to transfer know-how. Also, over 1,000 Egyptian students have been reached through cultural seminars in collaboration with the embassy of Spain.

We have been in touch with the EFA and the Ministry of Sports, and we are willing to collaborate with such institutions for the development of football in Egypt.

Are you solely focused on Egypt or do you have plans to spread in other countries?

La Liga strives daily to promote Spanish football beyond its borders with the goal of creating a community of fans across the globe, especially in Africa.

We have 11 offices worldwide and 45 delegates/representatives all over the globe. We have two international offices in Africa. The first office was launched in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the second office was launched a year later in Lagos, Nigeria.

Additionally, La Liga has delegates in Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Tanzania, Angola, Cameroon, and Senegal whose mission is to help enhance the La Liga brand value on the international stage, increasing the number of global followers and driving greater interest in the competition, as well as creating business opportunities both for La Liga and its clubs in Africa.

Why are you focused on branching out internationally and what are the outcomes of these international endeavours?

Since 2013, when our President Javier Tebas took office, we focused on the centralisation of TV rights, financial control of the teams, and fight against piracy.

Our strategy now has changed to become a global player in sports and entertainment industry, for that we are focusing on being digital, innovative, and international, as well as increasing our brand value.

Since 2013, our audience has doubled reaching almost 3 billion people last season and the TV rights are reaching €21bn.

We are focused on being international because the largest number of La Liga fanbase comes from overseas.

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AFCON19 venues should stay open after renovation: stadiums committee head https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/27/afcon19-venues-should-stay-open-after-renovation-stadiums-committee-head/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 07:00:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703570 Current football infrastructure enables Egypt to host FIFA World Cup, says Abdulla

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The Egyptian stadiums which hosted the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON19) were in tip-top condition. They met all the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) requirements, although the task was given to Egypt on such short notice (only five months) after the CAF deemed Cameroon not ready to host.

Ahmad Abdulla, head of the AFCON19 Stadiums committee, called for the need to preserve what has been accomplished in the six stadiums where the AFCON19 matches were played, namely Cairo International, Alexandria, 30 June, Al Salam, New Suez, and Ismailia stadiums.

Abdulla is a dentist and former player of Zamalek during 1990s. He served as football manager of Zamalek under French coach Henri Michel in 2007. Daily News Egypt spoke with Abdulla about the success story of AFCON19 and how Egypt can maintain the stadiums in good condition after the end of the tournament.

How could Egypt succeed in hosting AFCON19 on such short notice?

Thanks to the youth who worked in the development of stadiums and the organisation of the tournament. The state also facilitated all procedures and provided all resources.

How can we benefit from this success in the future?

With the development of stadiums, introducing electronic entry and exit system of spectators, and providing high-quality TV broadcasting, we can say that the football system in Egypt has seen a boom. We should benefit from this situation through keeping stadiums open for local league, providing regular maintenance for sports facilities, and allowing fans to attend matches at stadiums using the huge database collected by Tazkarti app.

The football situation in Egypt seems vague, do you think the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) election can be the beginning of reform?

The election does not always introduce the best solution. It is necessary to raise the awareness of the EFA general assembly through seminars, and to develop new regulations that serve the game in Egypt.

We should help clubs to develop themselves to produce a better product. The English Premier League is run by a company that has nothing to do with football, however, it has the best league in the world.

We should benefit from such successful experiences. We should regulate the transfer of coaches and players among the league clubs, along with addressing the monopoly of some agents on all players.

Can you elaborate about the development process of AFCON19 venues?

Cairo International Stadium received the largest share of development among the six stadiums. It was completely changed. New dressing room were built to meet the world-class standards. It was almost the case in Alexandria Stadium, where the pitch was completely renovated and new dressing rooms were built.

The pitches and lightning system of New Suez, Ismailia, and Al Salam stadiums were completely changed. The 30 June Stadium was developed by the stadium’s administration. A private company took over the renovation of Cairo Stadium’s pitch, while another company changed the pitches of Alexandria, Ismailia, Al Salam, and New Suez stadiums. The construction works in in Cairo Stadium were implemented by Arab Contractors. Hassan Allam was responsible for the constructions in other stadiums, except 30 June.

What about the training playgrounds?

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has developed the training playgrounds of Railway Club, El-Nasr Sporting, the Cairo Stadium, Shams SC, Olympic Club, Al Ittihad Alexandria Club, and the Alexandria University Stadium. Other clubs developed their playgrounds, such as Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Wadi Degla, and PetroSport. The Suez Canal Authority developed five playgrounds.

How do you assess Egypt’s hosting of the tournament?

There were 24 teams in this tournament for the first time and there were no complaints. The state provided all required facilities. After the tournament, Algeria’s star Riyad Mahrez praised the high-quality of stadiums and good organisation.

Can Egypt host the FIFA World Cup?

The current football infrastructure enables Egypt to host FIFA World Cup. But we need to provide regular maintenance to these stadiums. The World Cup has eight teams more than AFCON; Port Said or Aswan stadiums can be developed and host them, in addition to Borg El Arab stadium. We can also use El Gouna and the Military College stadiums. There are many solutions. We already have 32 ready training playgrounds.

How did Egypt benefit from the tournament?

We now have a large group of youth who are capable of doing the job professionally. The state proved its ability to host any big sports event. We also now have developed infrastructure that helps Egypt to host any tournament in the future.

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Algeria win second AFCON title, ending West Africa’s dominance https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/21/algeria-win-second-afcon-title-ending-west-africas-dominance/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 22:59:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703150 The Desert Warriors crowned their first AFCON title in 1990.

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Algeria won their second Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title last Friday, bringing the golden trophy back to North Africa after nine years of absence since Egypt won the title in 2010.

The Desert Warriors crowned their first AFCON title in 1990.

Algeria won 1-0 over Senegal in the final, ending West Africa’s dominance of the continental championship, with Nigeria winning the tournament in 2013, Ivory Coast in 2015, and Cameroon in 2017.

Egypt was the last North African to crown the AFCON title in 2010 hosted by Angola. The Pharaohs dominated the tournament in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Ismaël Bennacer named Best Player in AFCON 2019

Algerian star Ismaël Bennacer, 21, wrote his name in the football history of the continent after presenting a remarkable performance throughout the tournament winning the Man of the Match twice and the Best Player of the Tournament award.

Bennacer was born in Arles, France to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother. He has three nationalities, Algerian, Moroccan, and French.

He had previously represented France at youth level, playing four games with U18 team and five games with U21 team.

In 2016, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced that Bennacer had opted to switch his international allegiance and represent Algeria internationally. He debuted for the Algeria national team in a 2017 AFCON qualifier against Lesotho.

In the beginning, there was a conflict between the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and FAF over the young player but Bennacer chose to play for Algeria.

Bennacer began his professional career with French AC Arles and then moved to Arsenal in 2015.

He made his Arsenal debut in the League Cup on 27 October 2015. On 31 January 2017, it was announced that Bennacer would join Ligue 2 side Tours on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 season. Now, he plays as a midfielder for Italian club Empoli.

Bennacer is the second Algerian to win the AFCON Best Player award after Rabah Madjer in 1990.

Rais M’Bolhi wins Best Goalkeeper award

Algeria’s Rais M’Bolhi won the Best Goalkeeper award in the AFCON 2019. He was one of the most important players in the team. He presented a stunning performance throughout this tournament, with four clean sheets and only two goals conceded in seven matches.

M’Bolhi has now 15 AFCON appearances, beating former Algerian goalkeeper Mehdi Cerbah who was among the Algerian team crowned the AFCON title in 1990.

M’Bolhi was born in Paris, France to a Congolese father and Algerian mother.

In the beginning, he played for France U17 national team in November 2002. In June 2004, he received his first and only call-up to France U18 national team for a tournament in Salerno.

Then, he was called up by the Algerian U17 national Team but was not released by his club Olympique de Marseille. In May 2010, M’Bohli made his debut for Algeria in a 3–0 loss against Ireland after coming on as a second-half substitute.

He presented a remarkable performance with the Algerian national team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

M’Bolhi started his career at 18 years old with RCF Paris. Then, he joined Olympique de Marseille, though he never made a league appearance before his release in January 2006.

He played for different clubs in Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Japan, Scotland, the United States, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

After 10 years of Omdurman match, Egyptians support Algeria

A hysterical joy dominated the fans of Algeria after their win of the AFCON 2019 and took to the streets in Cairo to celebrate the historic victory.

Thousands of Algerians rallied in the streets and hundreds of Egyptians gathered to congratulate them for the winning the title.

Celebrations were also rocking Algeria and France where thousands gathered holding the Algerian flags. The 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers hosted 80,000 people to watch the game on large screens.

After the Desert Warriors won the AFCON title, the Egyptians launched several hashtags on social media congratulating the Algerians.

The Egyptian fans supported the Algerian national team, despite the long-time rift between the football of the two countries. The two countries are in North Africa, only separated by Libya, and football matches between them are fiercely contested local derbies.

The two teams were in Group C in the CAF section of the qualifying competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In November 2009, the teams met in a one-game play-off to decide the qualifier at Al Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman which was selected by FIFA.

Egyptian news media ran many stories about attacks that allegedly targeted the Egyptian fans in Sudan. Al-Ahram, a state-owned Egyptian newspaper, reported that buses designated for Egyptian fans to be taken to the airport had been destroyed, forcing them to walk there under escort of the Sudanese army. According to Al-Ahram, Sudanese diplomats suggested “scores” of Egyptians had been attacked and “a few” hurt.

After Egypt’s loss of the match, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) filed a complaint with FIFA against Algeria. The EFA indicated that “Egyptian fans, officials and players put their lives at risk before and after the game, under threat from weapons, knives, swords and flares.” The statement also threatened with the Egyptian football team’s withdrawal for two years from all international competitions as a sign of protest. On 18 May 2010, FIFA announced that the conditions for opening disciplinary proceedings had not been met and closed the complaint.

After 10 years of this incident, the Egyptian fans attending the AFCON final at the Cairo Stadium raised supporting banners for Algeria, some read “Algeria in the heart of Egyptians.”

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Algerian team came to Cairo to win AFCON title: Djamel Belmadi https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/18/algerian-team-came-to-cairo-to-win-afcon-title-djamel-belmadi/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:00:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703056 In 2010, Belmadi was appointed as the head coach of Qatar Stars League’s Lekhwiya. In his first season with the club, he led them to the 2010/11 Qatar Stars League title, for the first time in the club's history.

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations proved that national coaches are more efficient with the African teams. The two teams in the final game are led by two national coaches; Aliou Cissé of Senegal and Djamel Belmadi of Algeria, who is now favourite for the Best Coach in AFCON award.

Belmadi was born on 25 March 1976 in Champigny-sur-Marne, France. He started his playing career at Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut in January 1996 against Gueugnon before spending a season at Martigues which was playing in the Division 2 of French league. He spent the 1997/98 season at Marseille, and then moved to Cannes for the 1998/99 season. In August 1999, he was signed again by Marseille, but immediately went on loan to Spanish club Celta Vigo.

In January 2000, Belmadi returned to Marseille, eventually securing a regular place in the first team’s midfield in 2000/01.

In January 2003, he joined Manchester City on loan after a successful trial. In August 2003, he was released by Marseille and played the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons in Qatar with Al-Ittihad and Al-Kharitiyath.

In July 2005, after trials at Celtic, Wigan Athletic, and Sunderland, Belmadi joined Southampton (then played in the Football League Championship) for a one-month contract, and he made his debut on 6 August 2005 in a 0–0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. His contract was extended until the end of the 2005/06 season after impressive performances in his early games. He concluded his career in 2009 with Valenciennes FC in France.

Belmadi made his debut for Algeria on 9 July 2000 against Morocco. He was part of the Algerian national team in the 2004 AFCON, in which they finished second in their group in the first round of competition before being defeated by Morocco in the quarter-finals.

He last played for Algeria in a World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on 20 June 2004, having made 20 appearances scoring 5 goals.

In 2010, Belmadi was appointed as the head coach of Qatar Stars League’s Lekhwiya. In his first season with the club, he led them to the 2010/11 Qatar Stars League title, for the first time in the club’s history.

In December 2013, he was appointed as head coach of the Qatar B team, which was set to participate in the 2014 WAFF Championship. Qatar were crowned champions of the 2014 WAFF Championship.

On 15 March 2014, he was unveiled as the new head coach of the Qatar senior football team. His first match as Qatar coach was a 0–0 draw with Macedonia. He led his team to victories over Australia, Lebanon, and Uzbekistan in friendly matches.

Belmadi led Qatar to win 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations by beating hosts Saudi Arabia in the final. However, Qatar showed a poor performance in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and were eliminated in the group stage after three consecutive defeats by the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and Bahrain. He was dismissed from his post on 30 April 2015.

On 19 June 2015, he was appointed for the second time in his career to coach Lekhwiya, he was a replacement for Michael Laudrup. On 2 August 2018, he was appointed as head coach of the Algeria national team.

Daily News Egypt had the opportunity to speak with Belmadi ahead of the 2019 AFCON final to learn about his assessment of Algeria’s exciting run in the tournament and his prediction for the final game in Cairo. The transcript of the interview is below, lightly edited for clarity:

How do you see Algeria’s journey in AFCON 2019?

It was a tough campaign. The Algerian team came to Cairo to win the AFCON title. We exerted great efforts to achieve this goal. We played each match in the group stage as if it was the final. We managed to top our group and played brilliantly in the knock-out stages until we reached where we are now.

What was the most difficult game for Algeria in the tournament?

All the games we played were very difficult. All our opponents were strong, especially in the quarter-final against Ivory Coast and the semi-final against Nigeria. We succeeded in the end to overcome all these obstacles.

What did you tell Baghdad Bounedjah after he missed the penalty against Ivory Coast in the quarter-final?

Bounedjah is one of the best strikers I have ever coached. Missing a penalty is not the end of the world. On the contrary, I insisted that he plays the whole game. I spoke to him after we won to condoles him, as he entered in a crying spell after the game. I am confident he will play a big role in winning the AFCON title and will present a top performance against Senegal.

How do you see Algeria’s chances to win the AFCON title?

We a fifty-fifty chance. We defeated Senegal 0-1 in the group stage, but the final is completely different from any other game. It will be a tough game for both teams. I wish to win the title to be our gift to the Algerian people.

Do you think Senegal have become stronger in the playoffs?

Certainly, they reach the final after beating many strong teams, such as Tunisia in the semi-finals. We studied Senegal very well as they have very good players, such as Sadio Mané.

How would the Algerian defence deal with Mané?

Senegal is not only about Mané. He is a great player as I said, and he plays an important role with this national team and Liverpool, but there are also 10 other players in the Senegalese team.

How do you see the Algerian fans’ effect on the team’s performance?

We certainly have thousands of supporters in Cairo who had a big role in inspiring the players to win all previous games. I expect over 20,000 Algerian spectators will attend the final. I also want to thank the Egyptian people who also supported us throughout the tournament. I hope we can make them happy at the end and return home with the precious trophy.

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Do you think the current Algerian team is the best in the country’s history?

The current generation is very special, as we have many players in top European clubs. They play with a very high spirit and great enthusiasm in every game. I am really proud to train this wonderful generation, and I hope they can follow the footsteps of their predecessors and achieve the continental title to write their names in the history of Algeria football.

Do you think Riyad Mahrez can win the AFCON 2019 Best Player award?

I wish that any Algerian player can win that title. Mahrez has presented a great performance since the beginning of the tournament, and he has great determination and enthusiasm in every game. Algeria has many players who deserves to win this award.

Do you think you can win AFCON 2019 Best Coach award?

I am not looking for individual glory and my only goal now is to win the AFCON title and make the Algerians happy. Of course, winning this award will be wonderful for me, but I am not thinking of it now. All I think about is the Friday’s game against Senegal.

How do you see the individual competition between Mahrez, Mane, and Mohamed Salah?

They are all great players and have made big achievements in Europe. Salah won the Golden Boot of the English Premier League (EPL) twice and Mane once. They both also won the UEFA Champions League. Mahrez won the EPL title with Leicester City and Manchester City. However, Mahrez does not think about this. Our players are 100% focused on winning the title.

Who deserves to be the African Player of the Year in 2019?

As I said, the trio made huge achievements with their clubs. I think this AFCON tournament will determine the winner of this award. I expect Mahrez to get it, after his great efforts with his club and national team.

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