Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Infographic: Visa Cardholder’s guide to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/25/infographic-visa-cardholders-guide-to-the-2019-total-africa-cup-of-nations/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:33:15 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701017 Infographic: Visa Cardholder's guide to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations

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Boom in hotel occupancy in conjunction with AFCON https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/24/boom-in-hotel-occupancy-in-conjunction-with-afcon/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:42:40 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701007 A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased

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Egypt is witnessing a big increase in hotel occupancy in coordination with the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted by Egypt in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, and Ismailia, with the participation of 24 teams, which will last until July 19 next.

A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased.

He explained that hotel occupancy in Cairo amounted to 35,000 rooms, 4,000 in Alexandria, and 3,000 hotels in Borg El Arab.

Assem added that the occupancy rate in hotels in Ismailia reached 65%, while all the hotels in Ain Sokhna, near Suez governorate, were booked.

Mohammed Imbaby, Head of the Cafes, Restaurants, and Tourism Facilities Division in the Giza Chamber of Commerce told Daily News Egypt that the demand exceeded all expectations.

He explained that the restaurants and cafes are seeing lots of reservations and demand, in the presence of delegations from countries participating in the tournament.

He added that the original way the AFCON opening was presented, and the good organisation has increased expectations for more demand as the matches continue.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina opened its doors to the African public to enter and visit free of charge in conjunction with the tournament.

“The Library of Alexandria has approved the demand of the organising committee to allow African fans to enter the library free of charge at all times,” said Amer Hussein, the head of Group B in AFCON.

Hussein thanked the library officials’ request for approving the request of the committee, allowing fans from Nigeria, Guinea, Burundi, and Madagascar to enter the library as one of the important tourist landmarks, not only in Egypt, but in the world.

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Egypt’s sun shines on Africa in Cairo Stadium https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/24/egypts-sun-shines-on-africa-in-cairo-stadium/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:05:32 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700943 AFCON’s 2019 opening ceremony dazzled people...Organising committee succeeds in difficult test

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Egypt has returned as the host of African Cup Nations (AFCON) 2019. The opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of the AFCON was held on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium and it surely dazzled the world.

In only 20 minutes, a mesmerising display of lights, figures, and colours, alongside AFCON’s official song “metgamaeen” (together), that was performed by Hakim, Femi Kuti, and Dobet Gnahore–a performance which left a mark on everyone from those sitting in the stadium to those sitting in their living rooms in awe.

Social media users praised the organisation and the opening ceremony, expressing their astonishment toward the visual effects the opening showcased.

With the hashtag of #AFCON2019, users spoke all night long about the fascinating ceremony online.

 

 

“Oh wow. Egypt hosted the world cup tonight. There have been criticisms about African football of late. We showed them class. This is Africa. And this means more,” one person tweeted.

“I guess Egypt made Africans proud! What a time to be alive,” another added. A third person tweeted, “Egypt is making Africa proud since 3,100 BC.”

Former TV anchor Lamis Elhadidy also praised the opening saying, “Amazing African cup opening ceremony. You made us all proud. This is Egypt, this is Africa.”

The opening ceremony began with huge 3D statues of the three pyramids in the middle of the stadium with the distribution of lights and figures of the Nile river and the desert. The colours and lights painted the flags of all the African countries and then showcased the AFCON cup that was unveiled beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza model.

The ceremony witnessed spectacular and distinct scenes from Africa, as well as the dazzling use of colours and the flash lighting from the mobiles of over 75,000 fans.

For his part, the Swiss Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, expressed his happiness at the opening ceremony. He said he was keen to attend this ceremony after receiving the invitation from the President of the Egyptian Football Association, Hany Abou Rida, and the President of Confederation of African Football, Ahmed Ahmed, confirming that the opening ceremony is the best evidence of Egypt’s ability to organise the largest sports events.

He also expressed his pride in being in the main cabin next to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and African official delegations.

 

 

Egypt grind out win to launch Africa Cup of Nations, according to the Guardian.

The British newspaper also said that the event was a spectacular and colourful opening ceremony inside the jam-packed 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

“The Egyptians did not disappoint with a well-choreographed and technological propelled opening ceremony,” it added.

The Spanish newspaper AS described the opening ceremony as “impressive” and worthy of the name of Egypt and historical version of the championship in the land of the Pharaohs, which saw the participation of 24 teams for the first time.

The BBC confirmed that the AFCON opening ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, was spectacular, especially in the light effects.

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South Africa’s football national team visits Giza Plateau https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/23/south-africas-football-national-team-visits-giza-plateau/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 08:59:41 +0000 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700828 The world’s sight is directed toward Egypt as the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) got underway. The government launched promotions of the country’s tourist destinations. South Africa’s national football team, which participates now in AFCON 2019, visited the Giza Plateau on Friday. They were welcomed by Ashraf Mohy El-Din, the director general of Giza …

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The world’s sight is directed toward Egypt as the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) got underway. The government launched promotions of the country’s tourist destinations.

South Africa’s national football team, which participates now in AFCON 2019, visited the Giza Plateau on Friday. They were welcomed by Ashraf Mohy El-Din, the director general of Giza Pyramids area.

Throughout their visit, the South African team toured the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza, and the Valley Temple of Khafre, and were accompanied by a tour guide who explained everything about the history of Egypt, and that different era’s rituals.

According to a press release published by the ministry of antiquities, the team expressed their astonishment of the Egyptian heritage and described the Pharaohs as brilliant.

The team ended their tour with a visit to the Giza Pyramids Panorama, where they took pictures overlooking the scenic Pyramids.

The team is supposed to have their first match in the championship on Monday, facing Ivory Coast.

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Al-Sisi visits Egyptian football team during training for AFCON https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/16/al-sisi-visits-egyptian-football-team-during-training-for-afcon/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 22:11:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700508 Pharaohs to face Guinea in team’s 2nd friendly on Sunday

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Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, held a morale-boosting visit on Saturday with the national football team during their morning training a few days before the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) which will be hosted by Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

 

 

The visit took place as the team was training in the 30 June Stadium, according to the presidency spokesperson, Bassam Rady.

The statement added that Al-Sisi expressed his full confidence in the team, and asked them “to exert the utmost effort for the welfare of the nation.”

The president voiced trust in the abilities of the national team, saying that the “players are fully conscious of the responsibility they are bearing.”

He urged them to do “their best to bring happiness to the Egyptian people.”

Meanwhile, the players “thanked President Al-Sisi for his keenness to visit the team ahead of the AFCON and promised him do their best in order to make Egyptians happy,” the statement added.

Also, the president’s visit involved a tour of the stadium’s facilities as well as inspection of the preparations for the anticipated tournament.

The Egyptian state has been getting ready to host the tournament by facilitating transportation, telecommunication, and logistics. The tournament will be played on six stadiums in four cities.

The Egyptian team has held a closed camp at Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, since 6 June to play two friendly matches in preparation for the AFCON. Egypt defeated Tanzania 1-0 on 13 June and is scheduled to play Guinea on 16 June at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

In the AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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HDB joins the list of official sponsors of African Cup of Nations Total 2019 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/15/hdb-joins-the-list-of-official-sponsors-of-african-cup-of-nations-total-2019/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:54:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700455 We aim to be 1 of top 10 commercial banks in Egyptian banking market during coming period: Ghanem

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Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Housing & Development Bank (HDB), Hassan Ghanem, announced that the bank joined the list of sponsors of the African Nations Cup Total 2019, to become the exclusive official bank of the tournament.

 

 

Ghanem expressed his great pleasure in sponsoring the African Cup of Nations as the first local bank to officially sponsor one of the most important international football tournaments held on the land of Egypt after an absence of 13 years.

He added that this sponsorship comes within the framework of encouraging the Egyptian team and local and international sports in general, which confirms the role of the bank in all the community activities in addition to its important role as one of the most important financial institutions in Egypt.

Ghanem stressed that the bank has played a vital role in the society for 40 years. Since its inception, the bank has contributed to the development of urban activity and the provision of housing units to suit the needs of all segments of society.

Moeove, he pointed out that with the continuous development of the banking sector locally and globally, the bank has been able to cope with and even compete with this rapid and continuous development, and in a short period become amongst the best Egyptian banks in terms of efficiency of banking performance, targeting in the coming period to be one of the top 10 commercial banks in Egypt.

With the start of the tournament there will be a pavilion for the bank in all the stadiums where the games will be held, and the public will be able to enter a number of competitions and games with different prizes, such as tickets for games, t-shirts, sports gears, and other prizes, he explained.

The booths will also enable clients to activate ‘Felosy’ phone app and issue a ‘Meeza’ card for free and use it across all POS and ATMs.

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Eto’o expects Egypt, Cameroon to reach AFCON final https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/14/etoo-expects-egypt-cameroon-to-reach-afcon-final/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:23:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700416 “Everyone knows who will win the championship,” Eto’o said. “The Egyptian team is strong and capable of delivering a good tournament. Egypt has the home advantage and is led by star Mohamed Salah,” he added.

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Cameroon’s football legend Samuel Eto’o expects his country and Egypt to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

(AFCON) final to be held from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, during a press conference held in Cairo by Etisalat Misr to launch “Africa Service” as part of the Etisalat Sports platform.

“Everyone knows who will win the championship,” Eto’o said. “The Egyptian team is strong and capable of delivering a good tournament. Egypt has the home advantage and is led by star Mohamed Salah,” he

added.

The former star of Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea believes that Salah will continue to shine during AFCON and will be crowned the tournament’s top scorer.

Eto’o praised Salah’s performance with Liverpool and winning the UEFA Champions League. He added that the Egyptian player has managed to write history for African football.

He refused to name the best African player in the history saying, “I do not like this kind of comparisons. Many players contributed to the development of African football, including George Weah and Didier Drogba.”

“I do not plan to run for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football,” Eto’o revealed. “The administrative work is not my ambition; I plan to become a coach.”

Egyptian football star Ahmed Hossam “Mido” also spoke during the Etisalat ceremony.

Egypt has a great chance to go as far as possible in AFCON, considering the presence of a great star like Salah and the home advantage, Mido said. He called on all Egyptians to support their national team, noting that the choosing the team’s squad is up to the coaching staff, hinting that former coach Mahmoud El-Gohary has included Hossam Hassan in the 1998 AFCON edition despite the public criticism at the time.

Eventually, the player led the team to win the title. Mido set another example when Hassan Shehata did not include Hazem Emam in the 2006 edition but he still won the tournament, and in 2010 when he selected Mohamed Nagy, known as Gedo, over Mido. Shehata faced criticism but the team still won, and Gedo was the competition’s top scorer at the time.

“When I was a player, I refused to move to Al Ahly because I love Zamalek and everyone knows that, but in the future, nobody knows what can happen,” he commented on the possibility of training Al Ahly.

The former Ajax, Tottenham, Roma, and Marseille player said he is still young to coach the Egyptian national team. He is 36 years old and has coached several teams for only five years, so he still needs more time to strengthen his experience.

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Al-Sisi stresses government must provide all organisational means to AFCON https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/11/al-sisi-stresses-government-must-provide-all-organisational-means-to-afcon/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:13:17 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700265 President met Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to tackle preparations for 2019 AFCON

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed the need to provide all the organisational, administrative, and logistical means to ensure the success of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), on Monday in a meeting with the government

 

Egypt will host AFCON from June 21 to July 19.

 

The president gave his directive during the meeting on Monday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfiq, and Minster of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy.

 

Al-Sisi also called for constant coordination among the relevant authorities to make the tournament “a distinguished sporting event, especially under Egypt’s current presidency of the African Union (AU),” Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement.

 

The meeting tackled all preparations for the 2019 AFCON, including “security arrangements, health services, and media coverage of the tournament,” the spokesperson added.

 

The Egyptian state has been getting ready to host the tournament by facilitating transportation, telecommunication, and logistics. The tournament will be played on six stadiums all over the country.

 

On Saturday, Egypt’s transportation ministry announced that it will inaugurate three new metro stations in Heliopolis within the scope of the fourth phase of development of the Cairo Metro Line 3, on June 15 ahead of the AFCON.

The Egyptian team has entered a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria, on June 6 to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on June 13 and 16 at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

In AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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Misr Lel Makkasa signs Mido as head coach for 2 seasons https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/11/misr-lel-makkasa-signs-mido-as-head-coach-for-2-seasons/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700183 Mido said the club has a management that is similar to that of European clubs’ and that he has an ambitious vision for the team

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Misr Lel Makkasa SC has signed a two-season contract with Ahmed Hossam “Mido” as head coach for a salary of EGP 400,000 per month.

 

President of Misr Lel Makkasa, Mohamed Abdel Salam, said that it did not take time to convince Mido to take charge of the club.

 

Abdel Salam said he hopes the new coach can achieve the club’s ambition to qualify to the FIFA Club World Cup.

 

For his part, Mido said the club has a management that is similar to that of European clubs’ and that he has an ambitious vision for the team. The new coach pointed out that Makkasa had many achievements thanks to its administrative and coaching stability and the high-quality squad. This is why he did not hesitate to take the offer.

 

Mido added that the club’s ambitions come in line with his previous experiences with Zamalek, Ismaily, and Wadi Degla. He aims to take the club to the semi-finals of the Egypt Cup.

 

He went on to explain that he will meet with the former coach to assess the players and discuss the needs of the team. Mido believes that Makkasa only needs to sign four new players.

 

Mido’s assisting staff includes Sayed Metwally as manager of players affairs, Waleed Hewaidi as football manager, Adel Mustafa as assistant coach, Khalid Abdullah as goalkeeper coach, and Mohamed Aweys as performance analyst.

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Al Ahly files complaint against Egyptian Football Association https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/10/al-ahly-files-complaint-against-egyptian-football-association/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 18:20:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700162 Sports Arbitration Center to look into Al Ahly’s complaint on Wednesday

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Al Ahly SC officially filed an urgent complaint to the Egyptian Olympic Committee’s Sports Arbitration Center against the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) regarding the premier league scheduling changes.

 

The Sports Arbitration Center announced later that it will look into Al Ahly’s complaint on Wednesday.

 

Al Ahly have released an earlier statement in which they criticized the EFA’s changes of the league matches scheduling and threatened to withdraw from the League if their requests were not met.

 

After Egypt won the rights to host the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) the EFA announced that many league and cup games will have to be played after the continental competition, AFCON which will be held from 21 June to 19 July.

 

Al Ahly insisted that they won’t play any league games after the 2019 AFCON. The Red Devils said the EFA’s lack of organisation would harm many teams as it didn’t respect the rules of fair play or equal opportunity.

 

Al Ahly still have two remaining games with Zamalek SC and Al-Mokawloon Al-Arab SC, while there are three remaining games for Zamalek.

 

The Cairo giant said that the complaint comes in accordance with the local and international regulations and the Olympic Charter, FIFA, and the International Sports Court to preserve the rights of the club.

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Innovation of AFCON stadiums cost EGP 1bn https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/08/innovation-of-afcon-stadiums-cost-egp-1bn/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 19:58:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=699888 Egypt allocate EGP 100m for development of training playgrounds

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The companies hired to develop Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia, and Salam stadiums, which will host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 21 June to 19 July, have requested $60m (EGP 1.02bn) from the ministry of youth and sports for the development operations.

 

The ministry will receive the four stadiums in addition to the Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium following the innovation to prepare them for the final inspection by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide on their readiness to host the tournament.

 

A government source told Daily News Egypt that the required sums of money from the ministry are preliminary and that the final cost of the stadiums’ development will be determined upon receipt. The source pointed out that the development of the stadiums was carried out simultaneously.

 

He pointed out that the ministry has allocated about EGP 100m to develop the training playgrounds dedicated for the African teams participating in the tournament. Several state institutions will handle the development of those playgrounds, such as the Suez Canal Authority and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria. According to the source, the training playgrounds were developed upon the request of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). The innovation works vary from changing chairs, developing light towers and dressing rooms, and raising efficiency of playgrounds.

 

According to a government report obtained by Daily News Egypt, the EFA specified 32 playgrounds for training, of which 17 are in Cairo: two sub-stadiums at Cairo Stadium, two playgrounds in the 30 June Stadium, El Sekka El Hadid stadiums, EL Shams, the Military Sports Body stadium, El Nasr, Aero Sport, Haras El Hodoud, Tulip El Zahraa, El Nosour complex, Enppi, Petrosport main and sub stadium, and the Arab Contractors Stadium.

 

Additionally, there are five playgrounds in Alexandria, which include Arab Academy for Maritime Transport stadium, Olympic Club stadium and Al Ittihad Alexandria Club stadium, the sub-stadium of Borg El Arab Stadium, and the Alexandria University playground. In addition to other playgrounds in Ismailia, which are the new and old playgrounds of Suez Canal, Mercure hotel, the Olympic village, and five playgrounds in Suez, which include Wadi Degla and Petrojet in in Ain Sukhna, the sub-stadium of Suez Stadium, and the Suez Sporting Club stadium.

 

The 2019 AFCON will include 24 teams for the first time since it was launched in 1957, divided into six groups, that will play on six stadiums in four governorates which are Cairo, Alexandra, Ismailia, and Suez.

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Opinion: Jürgen Klopp's holistic approach the real winner https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/02/opinion-jurgen-klopps-holistic-approach-the-real-winner/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:25:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699717 The post Opinion: Jürgen Klopp's holistic approach the real winner appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Liverpool have won the Champions League, and Jürgen Klopp has finally overcome his losing streak in finals. But the real victory of the day comes in Klopp’s approach to this success, writes DW’s Jonathan Harding.Leading Liverpool to the 2019 Champions League title is undoubtedly Jürgen Klopp's greatest achievement as a head coach. But the real victory lies in the German coach's approach to success.

Klopp's knows when to make a tactical change or what to tell a player to improve, but his biggest strength is his ability to build relationships. He cares about people.

The 51-year-old clearly believes that to get the best out of his players he has to understand who they are as a person, including the mental and social factors. In a scrappy game, it was grit and relationships that won the day.

Divock Origi, a player whose future at Liverpool looked in doubt after he returned from a disappointing loan spell at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, became the unlikeliest of heroes. Klopp never gave up on him.

Klopp 'a fantastic human being'

To get the best out of Liverpool, Klopp also had to understand the fans and the community the club served. Listening to the Anfield crowd in the second leg of that Barcelona game it was clear that Klopp's holistic approach extended well beyond the players on the training ground. He wanted to know the community the club served.

After the victory in Madrid, Virgil van Dijk said Klopp was "a fantastic coach… but he's a fantastic human being as well." His players mean more to Klopp, but the same is true of the coach to his players. These relationships have opened space for more. They have made this success possible.

Fittingly, the man in the opposite dugout is very similar. Mauricio Pochettino believes the human leader is the one that is successful. His emotion on show after the club's unlikely semifinal victory against Ajax was an important moment. It was real. It was human.

Klopp was the man lifting the trophy aloft, but his victory extends beyond the numbers in a results column. This was recognition of the human values that are often missing in football, the importance of the people in a community and the value of emotion. It was a moment for recognizing that it's people first, players second.

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Champions League: Jürgen Klopp shows substance over style to break trophy drought https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/02/champions-league-jurgen-klopp-shows-substance-over-style-to-break-trophy-drought/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:03:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699719 The post Champions League: Jürgen Klopp shows substance over style to break trophy drought appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Jürgen Klopp’s reputation was forged by his relentless pursuit of an intense, committed and entertaining style of play. But DW’s Matt Pearson saw the German boss break his trophy drought using other qualities in Madrid.After six finals, two clubs and eight years, it turned out that what Jürgen Klopp really needed was a performance lacking the signature style that helped the German become one of the best coaches in the world. And an obliging, overawed opponent.

Liverpool deserved to win European club football’s greatest honor for the sixth time but only by virtue of being the best of a bad pair in a 2-0 win. In contrast to the way both teams arrived at this stage, this was a game that failed to really hold the attention for long stretches despite its importance. Simple passes went astray, attacking moves floundered under little pressure and even those in the stands couldn’t muster real enthusiasm until the closing stages.

"Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank any more," Klopp said after the game. "This may be the best night of my life, professional wise."

The former Borussia Dortmund boss said he was calmer than he'd expected in the circumstance as he entered his post-match press conference with a beer in hand, joking about a phone call from Pep Guardiola and the 2020 final in Istanbul.

"Usually I would sit here and have to explain why we lost this game but this time I'd love to explain it," he beamed.

The 51-year-old has admitted there were times in his run of final defeats where he felt fortune had deserted him and his teams. But he could have few such complaints about a penalty so early in the game that most of the stadium was still trying to rid themselves of the memory of the opening ceremony.

Moussa Sissoko picked an odd moment to start directing traffic in his own penalty box but the handball decision looked a touch generous given Sadio Mane’s cross struck the Spurs player’s chest first. Even if by the letter of the law the decision may have been correct, the nature of its creation owed little to skill.

Both sides below their best

Even if the manner of their lead was questionable, the Reds never really looked like relinquishing it in a lethargic game. Whether it was a result of the sweltering heat, the occasion, the break between games or dramatic fatigue from the semifinals, the opening 45 minutes saw the advertising hoardings get on the end of more crossfield balls than the wide players and the lowest pass completion rate of any half in the Champions League this season.

Liverpool were the guiltier of the two sides when it came to squandering possession early, completing just 101 passes before the break, with less than 70 percent finding their man. Perhaps the heat that turned the city’s subway trains in to sweaty, lager-drenched tin cans in the hours before kickoff had sapped the usual intensity from Klopp’s men. There was none of the ferocious commitment and decisive power that saw them roar back past Barcelona to reach Madrid.

In contrast to his usual frenetic encouragement on the touchline, Klopp often seemed keen to calm his charges, imploring Andy Robertson not to get involved in a tussle with Kieran Trippier and refusing to get frustrated with the stodgy affair on offer in front of him.

As the second half wore on, a broadly similar – if slightly more entertaining – game developed but just as Spurs began to at last build up something approaching a head of steam, the valve was slammed shut. By Virgil van Dijk’s timing, by Alisson’s safe hands, by Andy Robertson’s recovery pace or by Spurs' lack of conviction in attacking areas.

A different approach

After a season where he’s managed to tease out a level of consistency achieved by precious few teams in addition to the sort of foot down, windows open football that got them past Barca and Bayern Munich, perhaps it's fitting that Klopp’s miserable finals run came to an end with a performance of grit and granite rather than skill and silk.

Perhaps it was also fitting that the man who secured the win was a man whose career has been resurrected by the Liverpool boss. After an underwhelming season on loan at Wolfsburg, Divock Origi’s Anfield days appeared to be numbered. But after the Belgian swept in the second in Madrid, that made it the winner in the Merseyside derby, the Champions League semifinal and the Champions League final for the striker. For all the attention on Klopp’s tactical innovations, the way he builds relationships may well be his greatest strength.

"He’s a fantastic manager, first and foremost but he’s a fantastic human being as well. How he handles us as players at that games and outside of the games is outstanding. It’s a pleasure to work with him," said man of the match Van Dijk.

It certainly felt that way at the end, when the team he built lifted their coach aloft. The players then allowed him to lead the fans behind the goal in celebration before jogging over to those elsewhere in the ground and finally doffing his baseball cap in a sign of respect. It's more than mutual. They love him for more than trophies, but they certainly help.

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CAF Champions League final total embarrassment https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/01/caf-champions-league-final-total-embarrassment/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 15:04:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699634 Ahmad Ahmad in trouble, Wydad resorts to FIFA

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The African football represented by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took a hefty blast after the controversial Champions League final between ES Tunis and WAC Casablanca.

Amid embarrassing scenes in Tunis, home side Esperance were declared winners of the African Champions League but it took a stoppage of an hour and 25 minutes before the match was abandoned and they could claim the trophy.

The CAF have called a meeting of their executive committee for Tuesday to discuss the incident, it said in a statement on Saturday.

Wydad, who were 2-1 behind on aggregate, thought they had equalised just before the hour mark but the header from Ismail El Haddad was disallowed.

Wydad players immediately surrounded the referee demanding he review the decision and consult the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which was being used for only the fourth time in an African club competition game.

Surprisingly, the Gambian referee Bakary Gassama said the VAR was broken. Tunisian media reported that officials were aware before the match that the VAR system was not working, but the players seemingly did not know.

CAF officials and President Ahmad Ahmad walked into the pitch in an attempt to deal with the issue. They spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a futile effort to get the game restarted.

Finally, the referee announced that ES Tunis won and Wydad was considered withdrawn.

Saïd Naciri, president of Wydad, settled on resorting to FIFA, stressing that his team did not withdraw.

He added that Wydad will file a lawsuit at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will take all legal measures to prove the violations occurred in the Champions League final.

“We told the CAF that we want to resume the match, however, the VAR should have been consulted over our cancelled goal. This shows bad intentions and we will take all legal measures against that,” Naciri said.

Meanwhile, ES Tunis said they are not responsible for VAR system failure and that they deserved the trophy.

The Tunisian team explained to the media that CAF is the party responsible for VAR system and that the referee is the only person who has the right to consult VAR.

The incident showed the weakness of the CAF head who failed to contain the situation, and as the match ended, Tunisian fans threw fireworks onto the pitch.

French L’Equipe said ES Tunis won the title in an atmosphere that is far from being sportive.

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High demand for AFCON tickets: Tazkarty https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/25/high-demand-for-afcon-tickets-tazkarty/ Sat, 25 May 2019 19:50:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699000 Khaled Aziz, the regional chairperson of the company, said that the demand exceeded all expectations, which reflects Egyptians’ keenness to attend the championship.

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GIT, the operator of Tazkarty app for booking and ticketing service in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON), considers increasing the number of its outlets after the high demand for AFCON tickets. The AFCON will be held from 21 June to 19 July.

Khaled Aziz, the regional director of the company, said that the demand exceeded all expectations, which reflects Egyptians’ keenness to attend the championship.

He told Daily News Egypt that 80% of the sold tickets have been already handed to the customers through the company’s outlets last Thursday.

Tazkarty has a hotline 15355 for inquiries. The outlets’ working hours during Ramadan starts from 11:00am to 4:00pm, and then from 8:30pm to 1:00am.

The high-category tickets will be delivered at Orange branches in several areas in Cairo, including Heliopolis, Nasr City, Al-Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Mohandessin, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, Sixth of October, Maadi, and Moqattam. They are also available in Alexandria, Ismailia, and Suez.

Medium and low-category tickets are available at outlets in Shams Club, Al-Jazira Youth Centre, the Olympic Centre in Maadi, the Suez Club, the Sheikh Zayed Youth Centre, the Sixth of October City, and the Horse Owner’s Club in Smouha, Alexandria.

The organising committee has set EGP 100 as the price of low-category tickets for all games except those of the Egyptian team, EGP 300 for the medium-category tickets, and EGP 500 for high-category tickets.

Regarding the prices of the tickets during which the Egyptian team will be playing, the low-category ticket costs EGP 150 for the first round of the competition, medium-category ticket costs EGP 400, and EGP 600 for high-category tickets.

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Tazkarty, online booking for AFCON tickets launched https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/22/tazkarty-online-booking-for-afcon-tickets-launched/ Wed, 22 May 2019 20:35:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698916 The application aims at combating inflated ticket prices on the informal market, by making the website and app the primary outlet for booking tickets.

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Aiming to solve the struggle of selling match tickets, a new application is set to launch that will allow Egyptians to book tickets online. The new application and website, Tazkarty, started from Wednesday.

The application aims at combating inflated ticket prices on the informal market, by making the website and app the primary outlet for booking tickets.

The application will still be utilised after the African Cup of Nations comes to an end, it will be used to book tickets for concerts and events.

According to the new system, tickets are electronically placed to the public to obtain them and a Fan ID to be used in receiving tickets and entering games.

The organising committee of the tournament has announced the prices of tickets for AFCON. The low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches in the tournament’s first round is EGP 150 and EGP 200 in following rounds. The medium-category tickets costs EGP 400, while the high-category costs EGP 600.

The African Nations Cup is set to kick off on June 21st, and run until July 19th. This is the fifth time Egypt has hosted this highly anticipated and prestigious sports event.

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Sports investment in Egypt promising, lack of fans, copyright infringement biggest challenges: AlSaleh https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/22/sports-investment-in-egypt-promising-lack-of-fans-copyright-infringement-biggest-challenges-alsaleh/ Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698778 Green Goal plans to set up branch in Cairo, Pyramids experience is neither persuasive nor profitable, state should interfere to improve football in Egypt

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Saleh AlSaleh, general manager of Saudi Arabia’s Green Goal, said that Egypt is a promising market for sports investment, but that it needs to be further organised and to remove some of the obstacles that prevent some investors from reaching it.

Saleh told Daily News Egypt that sports investment in Egypt is a promising market that needs some regulations to become more attractive to investors, by overcoming the obstacles they face, and the biggest obstacle is fans not attending games, which is a very large and influential obstacle, and copyright infringement to clubs’ products, and this must be considered and protected by laws.

He added that Green Goal plans to set up a branch in Egypt to be dedicated to serve the Arab region in full with the support of the Saudi market. Its activities will range from organising camps, sportswear, sponsorships, advertising, sporting events, as well as a long list of tournaments throughout the year to develop sports in all disciplines.

The general manager of Green Goal said that the Cairo branch will be inaugurated before the start of the African Cup of Nations, scheduled to open at the end of June. He refused to announce the budget for the company’s investments in Egypt at the moment.

AlSaleh does not believe that the Pyramids experience is financially unprofitable, although it has added a lot of excitement and boosted competition in the Egyptian league but he is not convinced of it personally.

He explained that the recession, in terms of investment in football, requires government intervention, through the injection of large funds in order to promote the game through a project which does not exceed three years, and then assess the experience and decide whether to stop or continue it.

According to the general manager of the Saudi company, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, is trying to open the door to Arab and foreign investors, and communicates with them to listen to their ideas, as with the conference organised by the ministry to present investment opportunities to Arab and foreign investors.

AlSaleh said that Green Goal was founded in 2015 and has started actively marketing sponsorship, advertising, and organising matches, and is currently associated with more than 20 Saudi clubs in the professional and first division.

He added that last year the company added sportswear activity by acquiring a power of attorney from Italy’s Aeria, and is currently contracting with Al Hilal’s volleyball team, the leading club and one of the Premier League.

Furthermore, there are significant expansions for the company in 2019/20, through the addition of work in the camps and the activities of players and trainers, and the establishment of legal and mathematical management, and the work to achieve the goal of the company since its inception is to make Green Goal the Arab Sports House, the general manager added.

AlSaleh pointed out that, personally, he was behind Al Ahly contracting with Sporta before the establishment of the company, and was the founder of the idea, and linked all parties from the Saudi company and Al Ahly club, and completed his role by signing the contract then established by Green Goal with one of the partners, until it became one of the largest companies in sports investments in Saudi Arabia.

Sporta has signed a contract with Al Ahly to offer the team’s clothes since 2014, but the Saudi company decided to unilaterally terminate the contract last September, as a number of Al Ahly fans chanted slogans insulting Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Saudi Entertainment Authority and the former honorary president of the club.

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Fanzir plans to launch 3 projects, open HQ in Egypt: Aljishi https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/22/fanzir-plans-to-launch-3-projects-open-hq-in-egypt-aljishi/ Wed, 22 May 2019 11:30:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698782 Projects depends on return of spectators to stadiums

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The Dubai-based Fanzir, a sports social network platform focused on football, plans to launch three investment projects in Egypt in the coming period.

Fanzir held several meetings with the management of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to create an application for the Egyptian Premier League, Ahmed Aljishi, director of public relations and board member of the company, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that ads would be allowed in the application, with their proceeds shared by the EFA, the premier league clubs, and Fanzir. The clubs’ shares will vary depending on their popularity.

An option will be added in the app where users can choose their preferred clubs, and thus establish a database of the clubs’ fans, that can be considered as an official count of each club’s fans.

He explained that the company has not yet determined the budget of the project in Egypt, and there will be a meeting of the company during the month to determine the budget required for the project.

Ahmed Aljishi

Aljishi pointed out that the EFA has welcomed the idea, and the joint meeting was fruitful, noting that the company is willing to open a headquarters in Cairo to implement this project.

He revealed that his company also plans to launch a website for sports tourism in cooperation with the Kooora website of the Kuwaiti investor Khaled Al Dosari and Nayef Jaber, the official partner of Barcelona SC to sell football match tickets in all stadiums across the world.

Aljishi pointed out that the new project in Egypt depends on the return of spectators to stadiums and the organisation of stadium seats electronically as in Europe, but the website will focus mainly on European clubs aside from Barcelona, as there are preliminary agreements with AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus in Italy, and there are negotiations with Atletico Madrid in Spain. The project’s total investments are worth $1.5m.

Aljishi added that the company’s plans in Egypt also includes to implement SportCafe projects, which are currently being studied and will be launched in cooperation with the ministry of youth and sports. “We will meet with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, soon to discuss the project and the possible locations for the project. Each branch will cost up to EGP 75m,” he added.

He said that Egypt is a breeding ground for sports investment. The ministry of youth and sports works on attracting investors and encourage new ideas, but the problem with Arab investors is always the fear of entering new markets or fields.

Fanzir has just started in Egypt and is still in the discussion phase, so it has not yet faced any challenges, but the company has big ambitions in Egypt and aims to compete with Facebook.

“We do not think about buying an Egyptian club. We may buy a European club like the Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mousaed who bought Sheffield United for only £1 and pledged to pay its debts and managed to take it to the top-tier of English football, which encourages us to repeat the experience, but investing in Arab clubs is unlikely now,” he said.

The Saudi prince acquired 50% of the club’s shares in return for injecting £10m of investments.

Regarding Pyramids FC in Egypt, Aljishi believes it is impossible for a newly purchased club to make profits in the first season, and it also takes some time to assess the experience, but competing over the league title is a huge success in the first season and securing a third place would also be a major achievement.

He added that calculating a club’s achievements relies on the goals of its owners. Is it a matter of winning titles, gaining profits from selling players, or establishing a trademark?

Ahmed Aljishi with Daily News Egypt reporter

Aljishi praised the Pyramids FC experience for attracting foreign sponsorship, namely Sela Sport and Saudi Arabian Airlines, which was good for the Egyptian league and opens the door for clubs to follow suit.

Fanzir was founded by three Saudi partners who shared passion for football. There were no specialised sports apps in the Arab world. This was the reason for launching the application. The idea started in 2014 and the app was launched in April 2017. The first version was not satisfactory so it was cancelled and a new version was introduced. Now, the application has 35,000 users, including 10,000 users from Egypt without any promotions or advertisements, through cooperation with social media influencers.

The application includes sections of assessment, anticipation, and tactics. It also allows the user to live the experience of coaching a football team before the game, and participate in the post-match analysis studio to assess the players after the game, and at the end of the season gives a full assessment of what each player provided.

Aljishi said that the cost of the project so far is about $1m and has not turned revenues so far. The company has a special thinking in this point, as it wants to increase the value of the brand through developing the project and not just make profits. The company is currently in negotiations with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and the UAE Football Association.

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Egypt name national team’s initial squad for AFCON 2019 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/21/egypt-name-national-teams-initial-squad-for-afcon-2019/ Tue, 21 May 2019 19:28:44 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698681 The team is expected to enter a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria on 6 June to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June at Borg El Arab Stadium

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The coaching staff of Egypt’s national football team, led by Javier Aguirre, has announced the initial squad of the Pharaohs in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) to be held in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

The team is expected to enter a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria on 6 June to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June at Borg El Arab Stadium. The squad saw the return of Abdullah El Saeed, Waleed Soliman, Ahmed Ali (top scorer of the Egyptian Premier League), and Ali Ghazal who plays in the Portuguese league.

The squad included 17 players in the local league, including five players from Pyramids, who are Ahmed El Shenawy, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Nabil Emad, Omar Gaber, and Abdullah El Saeed. This is in addition to four players from Al Ahly who are Mohamed El Shenawy, Ayman Ashraf, Marawan Mohsen, and Waleed Soliman. Four players on the list are from Zamalek, including Mahmoud Abdelreheem, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mahmoud Alaa, and Tarek Hamed, in addition to two players from Smouha SC, who are Mohamed Abo Gabal, and Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, a player from Ismaily, Baher El Mohamady, and a player from the Arab Contractors, Ahmed Ali, in addition to eight players, including Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich), Mohamed El Ninny (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Ali Gazal (Feirense), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Ahmed Hassan (Olympiacos), and Trezeguet (Kasimpasa).

In AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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Why Egypt dominates squash: juniors’ training plans, says Khalifa https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/21/why-egypt-dominates-squash-juniors-training-plans-says-khalifa/ Tue, 21 May 2019 12:00:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698646 We rely on Ministry of Youth, Sports for funding

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Egyptian squash occupies a significant position in the world at the present time, where the top 10 rankings in early May included five Egyptian players, comprised of four players in the top five ranks, namely Ali Farag, Mohamed Shorbagy, Tarek Moamen, and Karim Abdel Gawad, in addition to Mohamed Aboul Ghar in ninth place.

On the women’s level, the list of top 10 players in the world includes four Egyptian women, among them are the first three players, Renem Al-Waili, Noor Sherbiny, and Nour El Tayeb, along with Nouran Gohar in seventh place.

With this great distinction and clear Egyptian control of the game in the world, Daily News Egypt spoke with Assem Khalifa, head of the Egyptian Squash Federation, about the reasons for the success of the game in Egypt, and the plans of the federation to maintain this excellence, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What explains the superiority of the Egyptian squash globally during this period?

Squash in the whole world happens to be controlled by some countries, such as sometimes England, Australia, and Pakistan. Egypt is one of the oldest unions established in 1931. There was Egyptian control over intermittent times, such as Abdul Wahid Abdul Aziz, Abdel Fattah Abutaleb, and others. With the current federation, we put a plan based on the continuity of generations, started 10 years ago. We dealt with squash as a product that needs a lifecycle to reach the production stage. The main dependence in this plan is spending on the juniors’ sector, as developing squash champions needs seven years, starting with youngsters who are 10-years-old.

What are the sources of funding?

We rely on plans with the ministry of youth and sports. We present a study to the ministry against results. With these results, we are fully committed to the ministry. This has happened with all ministers who took the post, even the current minister, Ashraf Sobhy.

How much is the squash federation’s budget?

The budget is EGP 4-5m per year. We look at plans which require expenditures. We are working to provide private resources. We do not rely solely on government support. What happens is that we send out our plan for the size of the activity and the expenses involved–not a fixed figure. Sometimes, we continue what we did to maintain our plans with sponsors. We, however, have a fixed sponsor, namely the Commercial International Bank (CIB), which helps with many tournaments and plans at variable numbers. Dealing is done through specific suggestions we present to them in order for them to study and either approve or decline them based on the study. The CIB has been our strategic partner.

What are the preparations for the Women’s World Cup in October?

The organisation of the Women’s World Cup in October in Cairo is funded by the International Federation through its committees which work in cooperation with the Egyptian Federation, because these competitions require a substantial effort and spending which burdens the Egyptian Federation. The establishment of stadiums is beyond our capabilities, which focuses only on the players. In previous times, Al-Ahram has been organising competitions for 15 years. It was of great benefit to the game and pushed it forward. Under the current circumstances, no one can replace it except for the attempts of some businessmen such as Naguib Sawiris in the El-Gouna Championship, Hisham Talaat Moustafa with the Madinaty Championship, or Ahmed El Abd with the Black Ball Competition. These are the developments of what Al-Ahram did. Presentation only focuses on football, and it generates their revenues and plans. Those who organise squash tournaments do not earn much but do it for the love of the game.

How much does it cost to organise a tournament?

The cost of organising a tournament for squash is EGP 6m. Egypt is not a rich country but we are proud to have four major competitions like the United States despite the huge economic differences between the two countries.

Why is squash described as the game of the rich?

The shift from hobby to professionalism is what makes some feel that the game is dominated by the rich since spending has grown. The racket alone costs EGP 3,000 and players need special shoes, a good trainer, and other requirements. The lack of infrastructure for the game also limits where it can be practiced.

Does the federation use foreign trainers?

The federation does not rely on foreign coaches at all. Egypt exports trainers abroad. The salaries for top notch trainers could reach EGP 50,000 per month.

How much time is needed for training?

The good player would spend six hours of training per day. Good players know how to organise their time well.

Is squash a financially profitable game?

Good players earn well, but they have to dedicate their lives to the game. The currency floatation contributed to maximising the value of the awards. One of the reasons why squash is successful is the presence of role models like Aly Farag, Nour Sherbiny, Tarek Moamen, Nour El Tayeb, and Ranim El Walily among others.

Does the federation have a role in the sponsorship contracts?

The federation is not a party to private sponsorship contracts between players and companies, but it is a party to the contract between the player and the club. The federation has a limited role for ranked players and focuses on juniors. We already cared for professional players until they reached their current positions.

What is the difference between the Squash Federation and the other federations?

The administration is prudent and wise to manage squash, based on a strong history. It can be said that the success of the Squash Federation may have not occurred if the administration was focused on other games. Squash has some advantages, as the federation continues to develop plans to stay atop the global ranking.

Are there plans for your sports investment?

So far, there are no plans for sports investment. After the new rules, there are new clubs which we came up with. We have economic ideas which we are studying and we need the right time and climate.

How did Egyptian women excel in squash?

Women know how to adapt their own lives, the federation does not intervene, and treats all equally. This is shown by the fact the both men and women are excelling on global rankings. 

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Zamalek faces RS Berkane for first CAF Confederation Cup title https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/20/zamalek-faces-rs-berkane-for-first-caf-confederation-cup-title/ Sun, 19 May 2019 22:18:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698470 The White Knights enters the game with high morale after winning two consecutive league games, raising their score to 66 points in the second place behind Al Ahly with 70 points.

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Egypt’s Zamalek will clash with Morocco’s RS Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final on Monday morning (12am – Cairo Time) at the Stade Municipal de Berkane, Morocco.

Zamalek, led by Swiss coach Christian Gross, aims to achieve a positive result in the first leg to make their job easier in the second leg in Egypt scheduled for 26 May at Borg El Arab stadium.

The White Knights enters the game with high morale after winning two consecutive league games, raising their score to 66 points in the second place behind Al Ahly with 70 points.

The Whites have defeated Étoile du Sahel 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals. In the dying moments of the game, goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh received a second yellow card and was sent off, with the club’s forward Omar El-Said being forced to replace him between the sticks.

This meant that Gennesh will miss the first-leg of the final, with his replacement being Emad El-Sayed, whose last appearance for the Whites came in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa last January.

To add insult to injury, El-Sayed sustained an injury in the Sunday league game against El Dakhleya, which means that Salah will be the only goalkeeper left.

Gross was keen to hold a meeting with goalkeeper Salah to encourage him especially as the game is difficult and has the attention of the media and fans.

Gross asked his players to focus and avoid committing any mistakes.

Five players from RS Berkane will miss the first leg of the final, namely Mohammed Aziz, midfielder Najji Larbi, Abdessamad El Moubarki, Youssef Essaiydy, and Alain Traoré.

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“Tut” announced as AFCON 2019 mascot in Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/20/tut-announced-as-afcon-2019-mascot-in-egypt/ Sun, 19 May 2019 22:08:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698467 Tut is a young man playing football and wearing pharaonic Nemes – in reference to the Egyptian ancient history – and the red-coloured kit of Egyptian national team and the African map on his chest.

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The organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019, hosted by Egypt, announced the championship’s mascot, named “Tut”.

Mohamed Fadl, head of the committee, published a photo of the “Tut” mascot on his personal account on social media before the mascot was officially announced on the official page of AFCON 2019 on Facebook, with an animation clip featuring the mascot.

Tut is a young man playing football and wearing pharaonic Nemes – in reference to the Egyptian ancient history – and the red-coloured kit of Egyptian national team and the African map on his chest.

Egypt will be hosting AFCON from 21 June to 19 July with the participation of 24 teams for the first time, divided into six groups. The first and second of each group will be qualified with the four best teams ranking third in groups.

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Despite losing EPL title, Salah joins list of back-to-back top scorers https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/despite-losing-epl-title-salah-joins-list-of-back-to-back-top-scorers/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:34:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698269 Salah presented a good performance with Liverpool during all competitions. However, his efforts were not enough to lead the Reds to the title they have missed since 1990.

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Two-time African Player of the Year and Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has joined a star-studded list of players, including legends Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who have won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.

The award was a good compensation for the Egyptian star after losing the title for Manchester City in the last round of the competition.

Salah presented a good performance with Liverpool during all competitions. However, his efforts were not enough to lead the Reds to the title they have missed since 1990.

Despite the Egyptian Pharaoh’s failure to score for several weeks in the competition, he did not leave empty-handed and crowned the Golden Boot with 22 goals for the second time in a row to become the first player Egyptian and Arab player to achieve such accomplishment.

Salah, the Liverpool star, won the Golden Boot award jointly with his teammate Sadio Mani and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.

The list of plyers who won the Golden Boot twice in a row includes Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Harry Kane, the French Thierry Henry, and Robin van Persie.

Noteworthy, Salah defied all expectations in his debut Liverpool season in 2017/18 by scoring 32 Premier League goals in just 36 appearances – the highest tally in a 38-game Premier League season.

Salah celebrated the award with his wife and daughter Mecca at the Anfield. He expressed his extreme sadness for the loss of the title, stressing that the team did everything and only lost one game but still could not win the trophy.

Nevertheless, Salah still has a chance to win a trophy when he plays the UEFA Champions League final on 1 June against Tottenham Hotspur.

Salah took part in the last UCL final when the Reds lost to Real Madrid 3-1. He was injured after a violent encounter with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

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Zamalek heads to Morocco for CAF Confederation Cup final https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/zamalek-heads-to-morocco-for-caf-confederation-cup-final/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:28:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698263 Some media reports ruled out that the team’s third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah can travel with Zamalek to Morocco due to conscription.

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Zamalek will travel to Morocco on Thursday to play the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane scheduled for Sunday.

Over the past two days, Zamalek’s coach Christian Gross has trained his players on re-positioning themselves inside the pitch according to the Moroccan team’s usual formations. He also gave strict defence duties to right back Hamdi Nagguez and midfielder Abdallah Gomaa.

Some media reports ruled out that the team’s third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah can travel with Zamalek to Morocco due to conscription.

“Salah has the right to travel and has no problem with conscription,” Ayman Hafez, Zamalek’s football supervisor, said. He noted that Salah has previously travelled with Zamalek to Tunisia for the semi-finals.

The Whites have defeated Étoile du Sahel 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals. In the dying moments of the game, goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh received a second yellow card and was sent off, with the club’s forward Omar El-Said being forced to replace him between the sticks.

This meant that Gennesh will miss the first-leg of the final, with his replacement being Emad El-Sayed, whose last appearance for the Whites came in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa last January.

To add insult to injury, El-Sayed sustained an injury in the Sunday league game against El Dakhleya, which means that Salah will be the only goalkeeper left.

Omar El-Said and Mohamed Alaa was trained for goalkeeping in case of any emergency.

Gross will likely rely on the Moroccan forward Khalid Boutaïb in the coming game against RS Berkane, given that he is familiar with Moroccan teams.

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DNE discloses details of Paralympic Committee internal dispute https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/dne-discloses-details-of-paralympic-committee-internal-dispute/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:28:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698258 The conflict began when Khatab froze all the financial support to the Egyptian clubs that attended the Constituent Assembly of the Egyptian Paralympic Swimming Federation on 20 April.

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An internal conflict erupted in the Egyptian Paralympic Committee, chaired by Hayat Khattab, after the board recently split into two parties, one led by Khatab, and another with treasurer of the committee, Ramy Abdel Hamid.

The conflict began when Khatab froze all the financial support to the Egyptian clubs that attended the Constituent Assembly of the Egyptian Paralympic Swimming Federation on 20 April.

Khattab’s decision comes as an explicit punishment for those who violated the Paralympic Committee’s instructions and attended the founding meeting of the new federation.

Moreover, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee addressed the International Paralympic Committee to intervene and stop all decisions made during the 20 April meeting held at the headquarters of El Shams SC.

The clubs that attended the meeting, headed by El Shams, supported by the treasurer, issued a joint statement to respond to the Egyptian Paralympic Committee’s statement, as Khattab decided to refer El Shams to the legal office of the committee for investigation.

According to Khattab, the club insisted to hold the Constituent Assembly despite being notified of the committee’s rejection and disagreement to the move which violates the rules of the committee and the Paralympic Charter.

The participating clubs addressed some members of the General Assembly of the Paralympic Committee and the board of the committee, saying that the law No 71 for 2017 amplified the role of general assemblies at sports bodies giving them the right to decide on their affairs, in line with the Olympic Charter and the Egyptian Constitution.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, held separate meetings with the conflicting parties during the past few days.

Sobhy rejected any friendly solutions and called on both parties to present their documents to the legal affairs office of the ministry for final ruling.

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Jürgen Klopp wins German Football Ambassador award 2019 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/jurgen-klopp-wins-german-football-ambassador-award-2019/ Wed, 15 May 2019 19:58:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698291 The post Jürgen Klopp wins German Football Ambassador award 2019 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Jürgen Klopp has been named the German Football Ambassador for 2019 following his fine work with Liverpool and representing German football abroad. But Klopp’s season is not over, with a Champions League final to play.It is modesty that defines real champions. Despite enjoying one of his most successful seasons as a coach, Jürgen Klopp does not believe he is the best German coach abroad.

"Petra Landers and Michael White certainly deserved that, maybe more than I. But for some reason, the choice has been made and I'm pleased about it," said Klopp in a video message to jury and audience at the presentation of the German Football Ambassador Award, which was awarded on Wednesday evening for the seventh time in Berlin.

Klopp, who missed out on this year's Premier league title with Liverpool by one point, can look back on a strong season. His team amassed a huge total of 97 points, but due to Manchester City's exceptional season, it wasn't enough. In any other season in the history of the Premier League, which started in 1992, Klopp would be celebrating.

Just as spectacular has been Liverpool's performances in the Champions League. With a breathtaking comeback, Liverpool fought back against Barcelona in a memorable semifinal second leg. Klopp has another chance to win a European Cup following defeats in the final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool in 2018, when Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.

'He adds something to every club'

Klopp was not explicitly honored for his sporting merits, but also for his outstanding role as an ambassador of German football. As an interface between sport and culture, the initiative honors German coaches and players for their social engagement abroad.

"Pep Guardiola is always a favorite, but Jürgen always goes to the challengers, giving each club something," said Hans-Joachim Watzke Klopp in his tribute. Watzke was Dortmund's CEO director before Klopp arrived at the club in 2008, and the pair enjoy a close friendship that endures. "People love him because people realize that he lives the club. Jürgen is an unusual person."

Watzke also praised Klopp's optimism and his ability to draw lessons from defeats. Only recently Klopp had stated in an exclusive interview with DW that football just requires the ability to suffer. "The big challenge in this game is having a lot of frustration potential, and if God needs me to show that you lose six finals in a row and he actually tries for the seventh time, then I'm the one perfect person for that."

Ter Stegen wins Audience Award

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also received an award. The 27-year-old suffered defeat only a few days ago to Klopp's Liverpool in the Champions League, but the Mönchengladbacher won the Audience Award, in which tens of thousands of fans participated via online voting.

Former international Bernd Schuster received the honorary award: "For me, he has been the number one player for two years, and I do not think a goalkeeper could be such a good footballer." Will this message reach the national coach?

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Low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches at AFCON 2019 reduced https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/low-category-ticket-prices-for-egypts-matches-at-afcon-2019-reduced/ Wed, 15 May 2019 18:51:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698248 The committee said in a statement that the decision aims to ease the burden on Egyptian football fans and to encourage the Egyptian people to attend their national team’s games and enjoy the championship held in Egypt

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The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations, chaired by Hani Abu Reda, decided to reduce the low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches in the tournament’s first round to EGP 150 instead of EGP 200.

The committee said in a statement that the decision aims to ease the burden on Egyptian football fans and to encourage the Egyptian people to attend their national team’s games and enjoy the championship held in Egypt.

The committee pointed out that the decision comes in coordination with the concerned authorities and based on the studies conducted in this regard, taking into consideration several factors determining the prices of tickets compared to previous championships, such as the population, average per capita income, stadium operation costs, and marketing value of the current tournament.

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Al Ahly seeks to beat ENPPI to maintain league lead https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/al-ahly-seeks-to-beat-enppi-to-maintain-league-lead/ Wed, 15 May 2019 15:42:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698223 Al Ahly is looking for its fifth consecutive win in the Egyptian Premier League when it plays ENPPI on Thursday night in a postponed match of the local competition. Al Ahly enters the game with high morale after regaining the league lead with 70 points. While ENPPI, ranking tenth in the table, has won its …

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Al Ahly is looking for its fifth consecutive win in the Egyptian Premier League when it plays ENPPI on Thursday night in a postponed match of the local competition.

Al Ahly enters the game with high morale after regaining the league lead with 70 points. While ENPPI, ranking tenth in the table, has won its last three games collecting 36 points so far but it is still under the threat of relegation, given that Petrojet, ranking 16th, has 34 points at hand and can be relegated.

In the last five encounters between the two teams, the Red Devils won three times and two games ended in draw. The last time ENPPI defeated Al Ahly was on 23 February 2015 in the league.

So far, Al Ahly played 30 games in the league, with 22 wins, four defeats, and four draws. The team scored 49 goals and conceded 18.

ENPPI played 31 games, with eight wins, 11 defeats, and 12 draws. The team scored 36 goals and conceded 38.

Said Abdelhafiz, the football director of Al Ahly, said the ENPPI game will be difficult, given the good performance presented recently by the team under coach Ali Maher.

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Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko and his €10-million deal with Nike https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/borussia-dortmund-wunderkind-youssoufa-moukoko-and-his-e10-million-deal-with-nike/ Wed, 15 May 2019 13:21:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698298 The post Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko and his €10-million deal with Nike appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko recently signed a deal worth a reported €10 million with Nike. At just 14 years old, it’s a risky move for all parties involved and it isn’t guaranteed to pay off in the long run.Few would blink twice at a headline reading 'Borussia Dortmund star signs €10 million ($11.26 million) sponsorship deal.' But when the deal involves a 14-year-old it naturally garners more attention.

Back in 2003, Freddy Adu blazed a similar underage trail when he put pen to paper on a multi-year deal with Nike worth $1 million. The American was built up to dizzying heights before he even became a professional and went on to earn $3 million annually before he was 20.

Marketed as the face of Major League Soccer and US men's team when they were craving star power with longevity, Adu is now a case study in what can go wrong. He's now out of contract after making 195 appearances for 14 different clubs in 14 years.

"You can say, 'Oh, I had a lot too early,' or say whatever you want. But at the end of the day we all need to grow up at some point," Adu told Goal USA in 2016. "I've looked back on these past few years and I've wasted a lot of time, wasted years of my career, just not dedicating the time I should have to the sport."

Nevertheless, with cash flow at the elite level of professional football still on the rise, the motivational factors for sponsors are just as prevalent, if not more so, than they were back then.

Dortmund's teenage multi-millionaire

On a sporting level, there's no arguing that Borussia Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko is deserving of the wunderkind tag. He first made headlines aged 12, and has continued to thrive against players three years older than him while scoring at a frightening rate for BVB's Under-17s – 76 goals in 50 games.

From the archive: Have Dortmund found another one? Meet the 12-year-old scoring for the U17s

Given he isn't eligible to play for Dortmund's first team until November 2020 when he turns 16, even BVB seemed put off by the deal which could reportedly rise as a high as €10 million based on performance-based premiums.

"I wouldn't want to make any long-term predictions, because he's far too young to make a valid argument," said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "He's an exceptional talent and is scoring goals for fun, but it'll still be a few years still before he's involved at the professional level. Therefore I don't want to stoke the fires of discussion surrounding his value any further."

Handling hype is a tricky road to tread for even the most seasoned professional footballers. That road becomes even more perilous when considering the pressures already facing a 14-year-old trying to make it as a professional. If the hype is unrealistic, the consequences are more often negative.

Personal brand ambassadors

The landscape of modern football culture is changing. Nowadays, players are having to cope with a balancing act of establishing themselves as brands, while demonstrating the characteristics clubs are putting a greater focus on.

"Attitude is everything," famed Schalke youth coach Norbert Elgert told Reviersport. "Talent can be overrated. Talent is a prerequisite because nothing works without talent, but talent only gets your foot in the door. Character, attitude and diligence are what will see you succeed."

Elgert is credited for his incredible work with Schalke's youth academy, which has produced world stars such as Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil and Julian Draxler. The 62-year-old believes a coaches remit has changed in the modern era and that it's now about more than "technique, tactics and physicality".

"We coaches must be a little bit like psychologists and a little bit like gardeners. We have young plants and we must help them to grow. It is not just about preparing them for football. It's about preparing them for life and helping them to become more than football players."

Backlash from bold move

With football already a high-risk cocktail of fame, fortune and immense pressure are Nike putting a promising young career at further risk in an attempt to profit off of its potential further down the line? Adu is case in point.

"My family was really poor," the American told BBC in a rare interview back in 2012. "My mum was working two or three jobs to take care of my brother and me. So if Nike comes to you and say they want to give you a million-dollar contract and the MLS wants to make you the highest-paid player at 14, you can't say no. You just can't.

"I said yes to everything that was asked of me and ended up doing a lot of appearances, a lot of promotion, a lot of interviews, and it took away from the football on the field. People saw me more as a marketing tool."

However, it's not the just the distractions off the pitch that present possible pitfalls for a player like Moukoko. A decision to sign a big-money contract also has ramifications on the pitch, as Adu warns: "A lot of the guys in the locker room resented [me]."

"It was right in your face. They felt like they'd been around, put their time in, and here comes this 14-year-old who's the highest-paid player and the face of the league. They would yell at me for the dumbest reasons."

Moukoko the marketing tool?

Moukoko himself has admitted that "last season was difficult with all the stories swirling around", but has a support network keeping him grounded. "My coach Sebastian Geppert, Lars Ricken [Dortmund's Youth Coordinator], my father and my agent have all been in my ear a lot. I can't help it that things are going so well."

The harsh reality of the situation remains though. The overwhelming majority of 'rising stars' will not reach the pinnacle of the sport and Moukoko only need look at the examples of Samed Yesil, Sinan Kurt and Gianluca Gaudino to understand how treacherous a path he's treading. And none of them earned a big-money deal with Nike.

Will Moukoko be able to improve at his own rate, away from the spotlight and the interested parties desperate to cash in on the next wunderkind during a key phase of his career?

Nike's decision is risky for all parties involved, isn't guaranteed to pay off in the long run and sets a potentially dangerous precedent in adding to an already volatile youth culture in modern football.

If the 14-year-old manages to keep himself grounded though, his sporting achievements won't be the only source of proof that he has what it takes to succeed at the elite level.

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Arabian horses show their beauty at the Equestrian Club https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/14/arabian-horses-show-their-beauty-at-the-equestrian-club/ Tue, 14 May 2019 12:00:09 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698013 Awards up to EGP 500,000, Arab, European countries participated in tournament

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The Gezira Equestrian Club hosted the Champion Festival for the beauty of authentic Arabian horses, which included a horse competition with ages ranging from one year to a year and a half, and a competition for men and women.

“The Equestrian Club is the oldest equestrian club in the Middle East, established in 1938 by a royal decree from King Farouk, where all equestrian arts are taught, and the training of those interested in authentic Arabian horses,” Ahmed Mostafa, the club’s executive director, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that the festival’s organising company has chosen the club’s long-standing Equestrian Club, which has a great history and distinction from other clubs in the Middle East.

The total prizes of the festival are up to EGP 500,000 distributed throughout all competitions, and the awards are provided by the festival’s organising company through sponsors participating in the event, and there are also returns to the club to host the event, he explained.

Mostafa elaborated that the festival was attended by the most famous horses from the largest Arabian horse farms in Egypt, such as the Rabab farm, as well as horses with high financial value, including a pony worth $700,000.

The festival is supervised by a jury of Saudi referees such as Fahd al-Otaibi, a horse breeder. Arabian horses from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Bahrain, Poland, the United States, and Italy also participated in the event.

Mostafa revealed that the conditions of the competition was a fee of EGP 3,000 per horse, and to be stamped, with a known line of ancestors, unlike other festivals in governorates which show mixed breeds.

The Al-Zahraa station for authentic Arabian horses is entrusted with granting the seal to original Arabian horses through blood analysis and DNA testing and sending the samples for analysis. The Equestrian Club is more interested in foreign horses and hopping races, but opened the door to the festival to expand its base. The club organises events on a quarterly basis, he said.

Furthermore, he discussed the track which can be used for short races, noting that it needs to be maintained for competitions, which is costly, while the Gezira Club has the license to host competitions and can participate through Jordanian and Emirati investors who are ready to cooperate in order to prepare the track for races.

The equestrian base in Egypt is very wide and in all areas of horses, and is presently expanding, he explained. There are competitions and festivals of the Egyptian Equestrian Federation, and others, especially those under the auspices of the Arabian Horse Organization.

This festival is the first in the Gezira Club, and there are plans for more tournaments to be hosted by the festival, he concluded.

Noteworthy, Mostafa pointed out that the Equestrian Club membership is worth EGP 115,000 with a current 500 members. It relies on the Academy of Equestrian Education for revenues, which includes nine stages, each valued at EGP 700-2,000.

Tournament organiser Hisham Bilal told Daily News Egypt that he is a horse breeder and owns a farm of 60 horses.

He explained that the festival is for the beauty of horses and not just for horses, so the choice is based on the most beautiful and rarest horses.

Bilal stressed that he was keen to set up the festival, after the Egyptian horse competition was held in Italy, and the Arabian horse competition was held in France, in an attempt to restore this type of competitions for horses in Egypt.

Moreover, he pointed out that a crisis always exists in the organisation, support, and facilities, and there must be developments such as in the crisis of vaccinations in order to export Egyptian horses.

Champion specialises in organising competitions, festivals, and horse exhibitions, and all activities related to sports tourism, the tournament organiser said.

Bilal believes that the most important development for him is that the Tourism Promotion Authority will put the festival on the internal tourism map from next year, and that in the future it will be on an annual basis. Furthermore, he hopes that the authority will organise other tournaments in the same field, in addition to the championship of picking the poles, capacity, and endurance, in cooperation with the Equestrian Club, as well as tournaments in Sinai.

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