Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:31:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Egypt to host Liberia for friendly ahead of men’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/08/egypt-to-host-liberia-for-friendly-ahead-of-mens-2021-afcon-qualifiers/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:06:20 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713378 Egypt will start the qualifiers facing Kenya and Comoros on 14 and 18 November, respectively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selection criteria

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

Candidates for the 2019 award

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

Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

History of the prize

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

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

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

Last year’s winner

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

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

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

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

First, tell us how your story started with squash?

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

How did your athletic career come about since then?

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

How was the transition from junior to women competitions?

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

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

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

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

Raneem El-Welily

What about your future plans?

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

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

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

Do you see yourself as a legend?

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

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

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

What about your personal life outside squash?

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

Do you train with your husband?

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

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

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

What does Wadi Degla offer you?

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

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

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

Is squash a profitable game?

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

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

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

What do you expect of the competition in the tournament?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two European companies compete for supplying Egyptian Premier League’s official ball https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/12/two-european-companies-compete-for-supplying-egyptian-premier-leagues-official-ball/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:56:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710729 Earlier negotiations started between the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the German giant Puma since they already sponsor the national football team’s clothing. However, the departure of the EFA’s previous board halted the talks.

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Two European companies are competing for winning the supply rights of the official ball of the Egyptian Premier League for the current season 2019/20, for the first time in Egyptian football history.

Earlier negotiations started between the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the German giant Puma since they already sponsor the national football team’s clothing. However, the departure of the EFA’s previous board halted the talks.

Mohamed Samir Zaher, head of the marketing department at the EFA, told Daily News Egypt that they have received two offers to sponsor the local football league and provide an official unified ball. The first offer was from Novavera Sport, which is licenced in Austria and prepares to produce FIFA-certified balls. The second offer came from Goal for Sports Marketing which has the commercial agency of  SPORTA in Egypt.

Zaher said that negotiations are still underway with the two companies. After reaching an agreement, the EFA is planning to provide 50 official balls to each club in the Premier League, with the possibility of distributing more balls to the Tier 1 clubs.

Mahmoud Al-Assyouti, chairperson of Novavera, said he is finalising the procedures of opening the company’s first football factory in the region. He puts the sponsorship of the Egyptian Premier League among his top priorities. The factory is set to open in October. It will have a production capacity of 1m balls in the first year.

Al-Assyouti added that he discussed with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, last month providing balls to youth centres and institutions affiliated to the ministry.

On the other hand, Mohamed Hemida, CEO of Goal, said that the company’s offer to sponsor the local league was not formal and did not get into specifics. He is, however, expected to hold several meetings with the EFA’s marketing department to present an official offer.

He added that his company plans to provide a European-made ball for the Egyptian league, but it will be revealed once an agreement is reached with the EFA.

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Alyan seizes largest market share of sports balls in Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/12/alyan-seizes-largest-market-share-of-sports-balls-in-egypt/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:54:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710724 “We have six branches and our products are available in 92 shopping malls,” says CEO

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Alyan Company, the agent of Wilson Sporting Goods and Technifibre in Egypt, currently holds the sponsorship rights of the unified balls of several local leagues in Egypt, including basketball, tennis, squash, golf, and American football, and is now negotiating to add handball to the list.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Karim Alyan, CEO of the company, to learn about their activities and future plans.

Can you elaborate on the company’s start in Egypt?

The company has been working in commercial agency for 25 years, starting with Technifibre, which produces squash equipment, then a significant development happened to the company. We had a contract with the Egyptian Tennis Federation to make Wilson Ball the official ball of the Federation in 2015. This was a significant shift in the company’s sales.

How many outlets does the company have?

The company has opened six commercial centres so far, all dedicated to our products, of which two centres are in Alexandria and four in Cairo. It deals with about 92 distributors covering all the country.

How much is your business in the tennis equipment industry?

The company entered several tenders for tennis equipment, and won the supply rights of tennis and squash equipment for major clubs, such as Al Ahly, Zamalek, El Gezeira, and Heliopolis. The prices of tennis rackets vary according to the level of players; a beginner can buy a racket for EGP 500, while more advanced players can get the racket for EGP 1,000-2,000, and a professional tennis player buy it for EGP 5,000. The average price of a tennis ball is EGP 27. Our annual sales reach 25,000 pieces, 90% of which are balls.

As for tennis shoes, they are priced between EGP 1,900 -3,000, with 15,000 shoes sold annually, while 30,000 pieces of clothing are sold per year.

What about your contract with the Egyptian Tennis Federation?

Our sponsorship contract with the Egyptian Tennis Federation stipulates the provision of EGP 300,000 worth balls. This value also applies to the Squash and Basketball federations. We offer them a discount of up to 50% in clothing, with full sponsorship for the top five players. For players ranking from fifth to tenth, the company offers a 70% discount on its products. Over the past few days, we have offered players and coaches all products with a 50% discount, and achieved outstanding sales. The company plans to repeat this on a quarterly basis. Currently, our contract with the Tennis Federation has been suspended since the current board assumed the responsibility, but we still work with players and clubs.

What about the golf?

As for golf, our work started in August 2018. There are 12 golf clubs in Egypt, and Wilson controls 70% of them. We offer the Egyptian Golf Federation and clubs a discount of up to 40%. It is a very expensive game and most of the players in Egypt are foreigners. In Egyptian tournaments, there is only a 1% participation rate. Sponsors are few and there are no programmes for youngsters, which is a major problem. We have achieved outstanding sales thanks to our discounts, each golfer has a bag of 14 rackets, the prices of each ranges between EGP 12,000-40,000, and the ball pack that consists of three balls costs EGP 100.

Can you elaborate on your agreement with the Egyptian Basketball Federation?

The company negotiated with the Vice President of the Egyptian Basketball Federation, Mohamed Abdel Mottaleb, and made an offer that includes the provision of 350 balls for the federation for EGP 400,000.

What about the company’s activities in the American football?

Wilson provides the official football of Egypt’s American football league, and the game comprises of six clubs. We’ve been working in this sport for three years. WE offer up to 50% discount for the players and clubs.

How does the company support squash in Egypt?

Egypt has international excellence in squash and is among the top ten ranked countries worldwide. There are four major squash players in Egypt who wear clothes and use rackets made by Technifibre, and we have its agency in Egypt. The price of a squash racket ranges between EGP 900-2,500, while its sports clothes cost EGP 800 per piece, and shoes cost EGP 1,700 per piece.

Do you have other products?

We provide all the needs of athletes, so the company also sells fitness equipment.

Have are the company’s other activities?

The company has two tennis academies. One in Katameya Gardens and another in Fifth Settlement, both bear the name Wilson. They aim to prepare young champions. The budget of each academy reaches about EGP 500,000 annually. There is an entity named the Egyptian Tennis Association that organises minor tournaments. The company provides 60% of the value of their prizes and balls. We also participated in sponsoring the Arab Basketball Championship.

Do you have any commercial agencies for football equipment?

We have the commercial agency of Edwards Sports which provides nets for all games, and it is a large brand that is accredited worldwide.

What are your future plans?

The company has made an offer to the Egyptian Handball Federation to be the official sponsor of the game and provide the official ball for local competitions. The negotiations are in progress and both sides are optimistic about reaching an agreement soon.

What are the best-selling products at your stores?

Tennis equipment are the best-selling. The company’s sales this year reached EGP 25m.

What about the company’s investments and labour?

The company’s investments are EGP 35m. We have 250 employees distributed between the company’s headquarters, commercial centers, and academies. 

What the problems that you face in the market?

The Minister of Industry’s recent decision to protect locally made products caused us some troubles. We have been trying for a year and a half to register our trademark to obtain a licence to import our products. The delay in getting this licence costs us 100% fines and customs. We are waiting the authorisation from the General Authority of Exports and Imports, but the producers are taking too long.

Do you have e-marketing plans?

The company is moving strongly towards e-marketing. We cooperate with Jumia, Souq.com, and soon with Noon.com.

Have you thought about setting up a factory in Egypt?

Six months ago, we have tried to open a factory to produce tennis balls here since we’re targeting the MENA region, but it turned out to be too expensive. The factory was going to cost about EGP 23m. We were surprised by the high price of the land and the difficulty of procedures, and the fact that the overall cost would amount to EGP 80m, so we cancelled the project.

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Egyptian Squash players crowned champions at Oracle NetSuite Open https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/04/egyptian-squash-players-crowned-champions-at-oracle-netsuite-open/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:43:47 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710043 ElShorbagy said on Twitter that he was happy to win his 39th title and the second this season in San Francisco.

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World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy has won the Oracle NetSuite Open title for a second time, after he got the better of World No.3 Tarek Momen at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.

ElShorbagy said on Twitter that he was happy to win his 39th title and the second this season in San Francisco.

The San Francisco championship is the second this season for El-Shorbagy, having started with winning the China International Championship.

In the women’s final, world No.1 Ranim El-Walily won the championship’s title after beating her national Nour El Tayeb, world No5, in a 23-minute game.

The total value of the championship’s prizes for men and women is estimated at $121,000.

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José Mourinho does not mind coaching Saudi national team https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/04/jose-mourinho-does-not-mind-coaching-saudi-national-team/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:42:35 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710037 In his lecture at the Institute for Leadership Development, José Mourinho noted that he travelled to many countries, and each time he gained new experiences and habits, to benefit in his personal life.

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José Mourinho, the former coach of Manchester United, said he welcomes leading the Saudi national team or one of the local teams in the Saudi League.

The Portuguese coach said in a press statement that he did not receive any offers from Saudi teams, but he does not mind the idea, noting that he received an offer from China, but declined to stay in Europe and lead one of the major teams.

“I will go back to my country after visiting Saudi Arabia, which I may return to if I receive a good offer,” he added.

In his lecture at the Institute for Leadership Development, José Mourinho noted that he travelled to many countries, and each time he gained new experiences and habits, to benefit in his personal life.

Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world football currently, having won the UEFA Champions League twice, with Porto and Inter Milan.

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UEFA Europa League: Elneny’s Beşiktaş to host Wolves in Istanbul https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/04/uefa-europa-league-elnenys-besiktas-to-host-wolves-in-istanbul/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:25:22 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710034 Im Group L, AZ Alkmaar team will host Manchester United at Kyocera Stadium, the Netherlands.

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The second round of the group stage of the UEFA Europa League will kick off on Thursday with 24 matches.

AS Roma will face Austria’s Wolfsberger, aiming to continue its strong run in the competition after beating İstanbul Başakşehir in the last round, while the hosts are looking for a second win in the group after beating Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Im Group L, AZ Alkmaar team will host Manchester United at Kyocera Stadium, the Netherlands.

Manchester United kicked off their European campaign with beating Astana 1-0, while AZ Alkmaar drew with Partizan 2-2 in their opening game. The Red Devils and their coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær aim to win and improve the team’s results after disappointing performance in the English Premier League.

At the Vodafone Arena, the Egyptian star Mohamed Elneny’s Beşiktaş meets Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Turks look for their first victory in the group stage after losing to ŠK Slovan Bratislava in the previous round.

In the same group, Slovan Bratislava will play against the Egyptian forward Ahmed Hassan Koka’s Braga. The Portuguese team beat Wolverhampton in the first round and plans to make a second win.

Another Portuguese giant, Porto, will face Feyenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands looking to make up for their loss in the last round against Glasgow Rangers. The Portuguese team aims to continue its strong performance, having beaten BSC Young Boys in the first round. In the same group, BSC Young Boys will meet Rangers.

In Group A, Sevilla will host Cypriot APOEL at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Sevilla lead the group with three points after beating Qarabağ FK while APOEL lost to F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg. In the same round Stade Rennais will fly to Italy to meet Lazio at the stadium of Olympique, while Celtic host Cluj.

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal will host Standard Liège of Belgium to settle the top rank of the group. Arsenal so far head the group with three points after beating Eintracht Frankfurt, while Standard Liège ranks second after beating Vitória in the previous round.

In Group B, Malmö FF of Sweden will host Copenhagen of Denmark, while Lugano of Switzerland meet Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine.

In Group D, LASK travels to Sporting Lisbon at Jose Alvalade. Meanwhile, Rosenborg BK of Norway will host PSV Eindhoven.

In Group I, France’s St Etienne will meet Wolfsburg of Germany at the Geoffroy-Geischer stadium. Oleksandriya will also play against Gent.

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Egyptian Premier League: Zamalek clash with Misr Lel Makkasa on Thursday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/03/egyptian-premier-league-zamalek-clash-with-misr-lel-makkasa-on-thursday/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:28:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710040 Zamalek enter the match today after winning their first game in the league against Al Ittihad Alexandria, reaping three points, aiming to move up in the table. Misr Lel Makkasa also target their second victory in this season, after beating Aswan on 3-2 in their opening game.

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Zamalek, under coach Micho, will meet Misr Lel Makkasa on Thursday at Al Salam stadium in the second gameweek of the Egyptian Premier League.

It seems that history does not favour one team over the other, and remains impartial seeing that both teams have met on the pitch 13 times, each winning six times with one draw.

Zamalek enter the match today after winning their first game in the league against Al Ittihad Alexandria, reaping three points, aiming to move up in the table. Misr Lel Makkasa also target their second victory in this season, after beating Aswan on 3-2 in their opening game.

The White Knight will not have major changes in their squad, including Mohamed Awad as goalkeeper, Mohamed Abdel Ghany, Mahmoud Alaa, Hamdi Nagguez, Mohamed Abdel Shafi, Ferjani Sassi, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Shikabala, Achraf Bencharki, Youssef Obama, and Mostafa Mohamed.

On the other side, Makkasa’s coach Ahmed Hossam Mido depends on young players in his squad, including Ahmed Mody, Salah Rico, Paulin Fawafi, Mohamed Ibrahim, Amr Marei, Salah Amin, Salah Ashour, and Khaled Ocho.

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Egypt targets 3-5 Olympic medals in Tokyo 2020: Sports Minister https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/02/egypt-targets-3-5-olympic-medals-in-tokyo-2020-sports-minister/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 19:10:02 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709865 Sobhy told Daily News Egypt that Egypt has chosen 28 athletes who can compete for Olympic medals, so that the ministry can focus its support and efforts to achieve this goal.

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, said Egypt aims to achieve three to five medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo.

Sobhy told Daily News Egypt that Egypt has chosen 28 athletes who can compete for Olympic medals, so that the ministry can focus its support and efforts to achieve this goal.

The Minister of Youth and Sports noted that the Egyptian players who will qualify for the Olympics will certainly be more than those that the Egyptian Olympic Committee and the ministry believe can compete for medals.

Sobhy pointed out that selected players are sponsored by the ministry and private companies to receive high-level training in preparation for the global event.

On a different note, Sobhy said he is following up the crisis of the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation, as Egyptian weightlifting players, administrators, and coaches were banned from participating in all activities of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for two years, while the Egyptian federation was also fined $200,000. The ban relates to seven Egyptian players who failed doping tests during the 2016 Youth African Championships, which was held in Cairo.

The ministry is working on a solution to this problem in parallel with its preparations for the Olympics, as several Egyptian weightlifters are nominated for medals in Tokyo 2020.

On the other hand, Sobhy said he was impressed by the outstanding results achieved by Egyptian players in various games recently, on the continental and international levels, stressing that this generation of athletes enjoys unprecedented support of the state.

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Salah leads Liverpool against Red Bull Salzburg, seeking first win in UCL 2019/20 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/02/salah-leads-liverpool-against-red-bull-salzburg-seeking-first-win-in-ucl-2019-20/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:50:33 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709863 Simultaneously, Barcelona hosts Inter Milan at Camp Nou

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The UEFA Champions League will resume on Wednesday with eight strong matches in the second round of the group stage, following several unexpected results in the first round.

In Group E, the holders Liverpool hope to recover their poor start in the championship when they face Red Bull Salzburg at 9pm at the Anfield. Italy’s Napoli will face Belgium’s KRC Genk at 6:55pm, at the Luminus Arena in Genk. The South Italian team hopes to build on its strong start in the group, after beating Liverpool 2-0 in the first round.

In Group F, Borussia Dortmund of Germany will meet SK Slavia Prague of Czech Republic at 6:55pm, at the Eden Arena. The German team hopes for a positive result to qualify for the next stage being in a tough group along with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

SK Slavia Prague forced Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw in the first round, while Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona drew 0-0. Both teams are entering this round with high hopes to find their first win in the championship. Barcelona will host Inter Mila at 9pm at the Camp Nou.

In Group H, Chelsea will travel to France to meet Lille OSC at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The Blues hope to bounce back after their last defeat at the hands of Valencia. Meanwhile, the Spanish team will host Ajax which now leads the group after their 3-0 win over Lille OSC in the first round.

In Group G, Lyon will meet RB Leipzig at 9pm at the Red Bull Arena, while Benfica will face Zenit Saint Petersburg at the same time. 

Lyon began their journey with a 1-1 draw against Zenit, while Leipzig are leading the group with three points gained from their 2-0 win over Benfica in the first round.

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American Coleman wins 100m world title, Wang Zheng takes hammer bronze for China https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/29/american-coleman-wins-100m-world-title-wang-zheng-takes-hammer-bronze-for-china/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 12:24:23 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709536 American Coleman wins 100m world title, Wang Zheng takes hammer bronze for China at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

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Christian Coleman stormed to win the men’s 100m victory, changing his London World Championships silver into gold in Doha on Saturday while Chinese hammer thrower Wang Zheng took her country’s first medal here.

Coleman clocked a world leading time of 9.76 seconds in the blue ribbon event as his American compatriot and defending champion Justin Gatlin took silver in 9.89. Andre De Grasse of Canada was third in 9.90.

“I’ve been blessed with incredible talent and tonight I was able to show it. I have been working incredibly hard and this just makes it all worthwhile,” he said.

Coleman paid tribute to his teammate Gatlin, 37, who first won the world championships in 2005 and his Olympic title in 2004.

“Justin Gatlin is a great guy and great competitor. I remember watching him back in 2004 when I was eight years old and to think all these years later I could come and win gold too is a great feeling,” he said.

Gatlin praised Coleman and said he would again challenge him in Tokyo.

“Christian has had a spectacular season and I knew he’d be tough to beat. He ran a great race. But I have a message for next year – I’m coming. He’d better be ready,” he said.

The United States set the 4X400 meters mixed relay world record in the heat round in 3:12.42, beating the previous best time of 3:13.20 set three years ago in an American local event in Eugene. The mixed relay was included for the first time into the World Championships.

“It was fun. The first time I saw it on TV, it looked funny. You feel much closer to your teammates and we are working together,” said fourth leg runner Obi Igbokwe of the United States.

Wang Zheng bagged a bronze with 74.76 meters in women’s hammer throw, the first medal for the Chinese team in Doha as American DeAnna Price threw 77.54m to take the title.

“Today I just wanted to perform well, I did not expect to win a medal. I guess my shape must be good because I hit the net three times!” said Wang, silver medalist at London world championships two years ago.

Tajay Gayle created history by taking Jamaica’s first men’s long jump gold medal at the world championships as he stunned the field to win in 8.69m, improving his personal best by 37 centimeters. The 23-year-old already had a show of form in his first attempt of 8.46, a result which was enough to secure his victory.

Olympic champion Jeff Henderson of the United States bagged a silver in 8.39 and Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria was third in 8.34.

“I just focus on one thing. I did not let anything to disturb or distract me,” Gayle said.

Sifan Hassan, 5,000m bronze medalist at London worlds, overtook Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey in the final lap to win the 10,000m title in a world leading time of 30:17.62. Gidey came second in 30:21.23 while Kenya’s Agnes Jebet Tirop was third 7.58 seconds off the pace. ■

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Seville to host 2021 UEFA Europa League final https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/27/seville-to-host-2021-uefa-europa-league-final/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:30:01 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709285 The 2003 UEFA Cup decider between Celtic and Porto also took place in Seville, at the Estadio de La Cartuja.

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Seville’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán will stage next season’s UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday 26 May 2021.

The UEFA Executive Committee made the decision at its meeting in Ljubljana on Tuesday. The stadium previously hosted the 1986 European Cup final between Barcelona and Steaua București, the Romanian club prevailing on penalties.

The 2003 UEFA Cup decider between Celtic and Porto also took place in Seville, at the Estadio de La Cartuja.

This season’s UEFA Europa League decider will be held at the distinctive Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk, Poland, on 27 May.

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Egypt, IHF sets date for signing 2021 World Handball Championship’s host contract https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/27/egypt-ihf-sets-date-for-signing-2021-world-handball-championships-host-contract/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:00:17 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709282 The Minister of Sports has reviewed earlier with the EHF the development of the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex and the construction situation of the Indoor Hall Complex in the New Administrative Capital.

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Hassan Moustafa, president of the International Handball Federation (IHF), agreed with Hisham Nasr, president of the Egyptian Handball Federation (EHF), to sign Egypt’s host contract of the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship. The signing ceremony shall be attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy.

The Minister of Sports has reviewed earlier with the EHF the development of the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex and the construction situation of the Indoor Hall Complex in the New Administrative Capital. They also discussed the development of the indoor hall at the Olympic Center for Training National Teams in Maadi district, which hosts training session of the national handball team.

Sobhy urged the head of the EHF to spread the game at different youth centres nationwide, to allow young people to practice handball and scout young talents.

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Al Ahly approves in principal airline’s offer to build new stadium https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/27/al-ahly-approves-in-principal-airlines-offer-to-build-new-stadium/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 08:30:41 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709275 El-Khatib's approval does not mean that the project is under implementation, but it still requires obtaining necessary licences and security approvals, while the marketing department in the club is preparing economic and geographical studies on the stadium scheduled to be built in Sheikh Zayed city.

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Mahmoud El-Khatib, chairperson of Al Ahly, agreed in principal to an airline’s offer to establish a new stadium for the Red Devils under usufruct system. The club’s board of directors will hold a meeting soon to discuss the offer.

According to the report made by Mohamed Serag, a board member of the club, the airline’s offer includes bearing construction costs on the condition that the company holds the right to use the stadium and put the company’s brand name on the building for 15 years.

El-Khatib’s approval does not mean that the project is under implementation, but it still requires obtaining necessary licences and security approvals, while the marketing department in the club is preparing economic and geographical studies on the stadium scheduled to be built in Sheikh Zayed city.

El-Khatib stressed the need to finalise all these arrangements as soon as possible, especially since this project has been a dream for Al Ahly’s fans over the past years. A dream that has been delayed for years due to high costs, which exceeds EGP 2bn.

For El-Khatib, the stadium project is of strategic importance, especially after recent failures by both the club and its football team. He hopes to start the construction of the stadium before the end of his current term.

Meanwhile, the football team, on Thursday, continues its training in preparation for meeting Cano Sport, on Saturday, in the second leg of the round of 32 of the CAF Champions League.

The team resumed their training on Wednesday after a short rest following their victory over Smouha (1-0) on Monday in the first round of the Egyptian Premier League.

Al Ahly’s Swiss coach René Weiler, held a session with the players before the training, during which he stressed the need to focus on winning the upcoming match. He explained that inning the first leg does not mean that their qualification was guaranteed.

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Investigation underway into EFA’s failure to vote for Mohamed Salah in FIFA’s Best awards https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/27/investigation-underway-into-efas-failure-to-vote-for-mohamed-salah-in-fifas-best-awards/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 08:00:59 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709280 El-Badry seeks to contain Liverpool star’s anger, Magdy Abdel Ghany denies responsibility

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The former board of directors of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), chaired by Hany Abu Reda, has apparently implicated the acting five-member board of the EFA after the ex-board failed to vote for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in FIFA’s Best awards.

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

However, Salah appeared to reassure fans that this would not happen with a post on social media. The 27-year-old tweeted: “No matter how they try to change my love for you and your people they will not.”

A major investigation is now underway by the EFA acting board as the team’s captain Ahmed Elmohamady and Olympic team coach Shawky Ghareeb revealed they voted for Salah, but they were not registered towards the count.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the FIFA’s Best award, beating Dutch Virgil van Dijk who came second and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo in third place. Egypt’s vote would have placed Salah in second.

Head of the EFA’s acting board, Amr El-Ganainy, decided to open an investigation into the issue, especially after Ehab Lehita, the national team’s former manager, confirmed that both the Olympic team coach and El-Mohamady voted for Salah and handed over their ballots in mid-August, four days before closing the vote.

Salah expressed his anger at the actions of the EFA, especially in light of the previous row between the two parties, starting back under Abu Reda’s term. Salah feels that this mismanagement was deliberate, and has threatened to not attend the national team’s training camp in October.

The only vote that had been registered from Egypt was by journalist Hany Danial, who voted Senegalese Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Salah.

Meanwhile, Magdy Abdel Ghany, head of the Egyptian Professional Footballers Association and former board member of the EFA, said he was not responsible for Salah losing votes.

He added that the EFA is the only body responsible for collecting and delivering the votes.

Abdel Ghany referred to the votes of Egyptian players that put Salah in the 50-man long list for the award, denying accusations of deliberate mismanagement.

On the other hand, Hossam El-Badry, the newly appointed coach of Egypt’s national team, pledged to intervene and persuade the player to back down and participate in the camp, given that he is one of the most important players in the world. El-Badry has announced summoning five Egyptian players to national team duty, including Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, and Ahmed Hassan Koka.

On a different note, on Thursday, the EFA will hold a press conference to announce the signing of Hossam El-Badry as the head coach of the national team, replacing Mexican Javier Aguirre. It is expected to announce the full squad of the national team and the coaching staff which will show play the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

According to sources, the coaching staff will include Mohamed Barakat as football director, Ahmed Ayoub and Tarek Mostafa as general coaches, Sayed Moawad as assistant coach, Ayman Taher as goalkeepers coach, Mohamed Abu El-Ella as head of the medical team, Shady Barakat for psychological rehabilitation, and Ali Mohamed Ali and Mina Sameh as administrators.

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Finance Ministry finishes initial draft of New Income Tax Law and is currently under review https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/24/finance-ministry-finishes-initial-draft-of-new-income-tax-law-and-is-currently-under-review/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:21:45 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708991 By 2030, Egypt will be among 10 economic tigers, due to its rapid economic growth, says finance minister

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The Minister of Finance, Mohammed Moeit, said that there is no increase in tax rates in the draft law on income tax, which is currently being drafted, in coordination with the business community.

Moeit stated that the Egyptian Tax Authority has completed  drafting  the first version of the draft law, which is currently being revised in preparation for its introduction to community-based dialogue.

He added that the ministry began to communicate with concerned authorities to send their proposals for the new draft law.

The minister stressed that the new draft law will not include any amendments on tax exemptions.

He elaborated that one of the reasons for drafting a new tax law is to remove the current ambiguity of some articles concerning the income tax law, which are problematic for many investors, adding “We also target a tax incentive system for investments, taking into account that taxes contribute 75% of state revenues.”

The simplification of procedures, standardisation and the application of the automation system will lead to little contribution of the human factor in tax estimates, according to Moeit.

Furthermore, Moeit said that the ministry of finance issued orders to two international companies to automate the Egyptian Tax Authority, which may take a year. 


Additionally, the minister said that the draft law of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which was sent to the parliament for discussion, includes tax deductions for projects up to 80%, in addition to imposing a flat tax on entrepreneurs as a kind of facilitation.

He further added that over the next two fiscal years (FYs), the government aims to extend the average government debt to five years from the current four years.

The finance ministry plans to reduce public debt by 2022 to reach 77.5% against the 83% target by the end of the current FY, Moeit said.

The ministry’s plan during the next two FYs aims to reduce Egypt’s public deficit in the budget to 4.7%, in line with international standards,” he pointed out, adding, “By 2030, Egypt will be among the 10 economic tigers, due to its rapid economic growth.”


Moeit pointed out that the government has overcome some crucial issues related to economic development and boosting investments.


Transferring profits abroad previously faced many problems which might have affected foreign direct investments (FDIs), but, currently, the process became very easy and flexible which is clear in the increase of FDIs in Egypt’s local market, he explained.


Moreover, the minister disclosed that the export subsidy reached EGP 6bn instead of EGP 4bn to boost exports and decrease imports.

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Milan’s Teatro alla Scala to host Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 on Monday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/23/milans-teatro-alla-scala-to-host-best-fifa-football-awards-2019-on-monday/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 22:28:45 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708744 Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo compete for Best FIFA Men’s Player

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Milan, home to many world-renowned attractions, will host The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 on Monday at the Teatro alla Scala.

A pair of world-class icons will host the most prestigious evening of the football season: Italian sports anchor, Ilaria D’Amico, and the Dutch legendary footballer, Ruud Gullit.

The Best FIFA Football Awards is an association football award presented annually by the sport’s governing body, FIFA, since 2016. The first award ceremony was held on 9 January 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The award aims to revive the FIFA World Player of the Year, which was merged with France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or in a six-year partnership.

The ceremony involves fans more than ever before, with their votes helping to decide the winners of The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s player and coach awards, as well as the new FIFA Fan Award which recognises an outstanding celebratory fan moment or gesture. Each player/coach award consists of four voting groups (national coaches, national captains, a select group of media, and the fans). Each group’s votes are counted and converted into a percentage. This percentage is divided by four, ensuring that all voting groups are weighted equally at 25%. The four percentages are then added together to form a total percentage that defines the winner.

The three-man shortlist of The Best FIFA Men’s Player includes the UEFA Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk, two-time award winner Cristiano Ronaldo, and the world’s five times top player Lionel Messi. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, and Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino are the finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach. Meanwhile, the trio Lucy Bronze, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe are competing for The Best FIFA Women’s Player. For The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, the candidates are Jill Ellis, Phil Neville, and Sarina Wiegman.

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper shortlist incudes Alisson Becker, Santana de Moraes, Marc-André ter Stegen, while the finalists for the inaugural The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper includes Christiane Endler, Hedvig Lindahl, and Sari van Veenendaal.

Moreover, the stunning goals by Lionel Messi, Juan Fernando Quintero, and Daniel Zsori will be put before a panel of FIFA Legends, who will determine the winner of the 2019 Puskás Award.

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