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Zamalek suspends Hamza until season's end

CAIRO: Zamalek club has suspended forward Gamal Hamza until the end of the season after he protested Henri Michel s decision to consistently keep him out of the starting eleven. Hamza demanded explanation from Michel over his attitude but the French boss refused to answer, telling him that his role is just to play not …

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Jose rues poor Ahly performance

CAIRO: Ahly coach Manuel Jose was disappointed following his side’s 4-0 friendly defeat to Barcelona, labeling the players’ performance as the worst in the season . The Cairo giants were celebrating their 100-year anniversary but were incapable of matching European champions Barcelona, whose win was a walk in the park thanks to Samuel Eto’o’s brace …

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Ahly ease past Sundowns to secure last eight

CAIRO: Al-Ahly secured their place in the CAF Champions League group stage after grabbing a 2-0 home victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the second-leg of the competition s round of 16 on Friday. Skipper Shadi Mohamed broke the deadlock eight minutes past the hour mark from the penalty spot before playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika marked his …

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Ismaili survive Buffaloes scare to go through

CAIRO: Ismaili came back from a goal down to tie Zambia’s Green Buffaloes 1-1 in Lusaka and advance to the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16 on Saturday. After grabbing a narrow 2-1 home victory in the first-leg, Ismaili were on the verge of a stunning elimination after Buffaloes striker Sebastian Mwansa opened the score …

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Gomaa, Hassan back in Ahli squad for Sundowns clash

CAIRO: Ahli defender Wael Gomaa and striker Abdul-Hamid Hassan have been included in the team s squad for the CAF Champions League clash against Mamelodi Sundowns after recovering from injury. The duo s return is a big boost to Ahli Portuguese boss Manuel Jose, who missed them for a one-and-a-half months. Angolan striker Flavio Amado …

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Abdul-Monsef to leave Zamalek

CAIRO: Goalkeeper Mohamed Abdul-Monsef said that his relationship with Zamalek has reached a dead end after he was accused of being responsible for the club s Arab Champions League (ACL) elimination. Zamalek fans booed the 30-year-old after he let in two easy goals at home against Jordan s Faisali in the ACL semi-final second leg. …

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Hassan flattered by Michel interest

CAIRO: Egyptian skipper Ahmed Hassan said he was flattered that Zamalek coach Henri Michel was interested in signing him next season. Hassan was informed of the Frenchman’s praise for his abilities and his insistence that the Anderlecht player be on top of list of recruits that Zamalek sign for the new season. “I was told …

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Pressure is on Zamalek, says Al-Faisali coach

CAIRO: Al-Faisali coach Adnan Hamad is confident that his team could oust Zamalek from the Arab Champions League (ACL) semi-finals, claiming that the local fans could have a negative impact on the Egyptians who are under great pressure to win the game. The pressure from the fans could be in our advantage, Hamad told Filgoal.com …

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Michel extends Zamalek stay

CAIRO: French boss Henri Michel has penned a two-year contract extension with Zamalek, the Cairo giants announced on Sunday. The new deal will keep the former Ivory Coast coach at the club until 2009 as his previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season. Zamalek are set to hold a press …

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Egyptian clubs have priority over national team, claims Shehata

CAIRO: Egyptian national team manager Hassan Shehata expressed his frustration with the Egyptian Football Association s (EFA) decision to cancel the international friendly against Kuwait due to Egyptian clubs continental and regional commitments. It is abnormal that local clubs are given the priority over the national team, I can t understand the EFA s decision, …

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Al-Safti suspended by Zamalek

CAIRO: Zamalek’s technical staff suspended defender Amr Al-Safti on Tuesday when he didn’t show up at the recent training sessions in protest salary dock. Al-Safti got angry when he knew there was LE 5,000 deducted from his salary as a penalty for his absence and asked assistant manager Ayman Mansour to put him on the …

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Shikabala scores on debut as Zamalek ease past Tanta

CAIRO: Zamalek s new signing Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq “Shikabala scored on his debut to help his side claim an easy 2-0 away victory over Tanta in the Egyptian League Sunday. Gamal Hamza came off the bench to ensure the win one minute before the final whistle. The victory left Zamalek in third place in the league …

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Abou-Treika set for Enppi return

CAIRO: Ahly’s talented playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika is set to end a three-month injury lay off and get back to action against Enppi. Assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri said that Abou-Treika has fully recovered and is ready to take part Friday. Al-Badri, though, didn t reveal whether the international star will start or come off the bench. …

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Angry Jose admits mistakes

CAIRO: Ahly manager Manuel Jose admitted that he negatively affected his team performance with the changes he made against Mamelodi Sundownson Saturday in the first leg of the last 16 stage of the CAF Champions League. My players weren’t at their best and they lost their concentration during the last 20 minutes which cost us …

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Al-Gohari tipped for Egypt youth team job-reports

CAIRO: Former national team manager Mahmoud Al-Gohari has been tipped to take charge of the Egyptian Under-20 team that will compete in the 2009 Under-20 World Cup on home soil, local media reported. Al-Ahram reported that the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) is interested in recalling the veteran coach after Portuguese Eduardo ‘Nelo’ Vingada turned down …

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Former Zamalek president charged with assault on Egyptian Chief Justice

CAIRO: Former Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour has been charged with assault on Egyptian Chief Justice Sayed Nofal, Dokki suburb District Attorney’s office said on Wednesday. Mansour, who is currently in custody, will undergo trial on Thursday after his case was put on the fast track. District Attorney Wael Ihsan told Al-Ahram newspaper that Mansour has …

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Al-Badri rebuffs rumors of an injured Aboutrika

CAIRO: Al Ahly assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri rebuffed rumors indicating that midfielder Mohamed Abou Treika suffered an injury setback during the team s training session on Thursday. The talented playmaker pulled out of training amid reports that he has aggravated his groin injury. Abou Treika is fully fit, he just feared the injury would strike …

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Zamalek tie Ahly Jeddah to maintain group summit

CAIRO: Zamalek held Ahly Jeddah to a 1-1 away draw on Tuesday to advance to the Arab Champions League semi-finals as Group A leaders. The Cairo giants stunned the home crowd in the 16th minute when Amr Zaki laid off the ball to the onrushing Alaa Abdul-Ghani, who fired a powerful right-footed low drive into …

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Ismaili releases Abou-Greisha

CAIRO: Ismaili club have released veteran striker Mohamed Salah Abou-Greisha following his outspoken criticism of the club, a decision that put an end to the player s 18-year association with Dervishes. Abou-Greisha is free to join any club he wants, Ismaili president Yehia Al-Koumi told reporters on Monday. Earlier on Saturday, Abou-Greisha held a press …

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Barakat back in training

CAIRO: Al Ahly midfielder Mohamed Barakat took part in the team s training on Monday for the first time in four months after recovering from a knee injury sustained last year. Al Ahly assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri told FilGoal.com that Barakat will not be rushed into action against Masri in the Egyptian League on Wednesday …

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Egypt reaches African Olympic Games

CAIRO: Egypt reached the African Olympic Games after thrashing Ethiopia 4-0 at home on Sunday to advance with a 4-2 aggregate victory. The Pharaohs came on with all guns blazing in order to overcome their 2-0 defeat in the first-leg. Defender Karim Zekri opened the score line after eight minutes when he met Ahmed Samir …

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Vingada relieved at morale-boosting win

CAIRO: Egypt Olympic team coach Eduardo Vingada was delighted after his side crushed Ethiopia 4-0 and secured passage to the African Games, two weeks before their anticipating clash against Ivory Coast. The Pharaohs, held 1-1 at home, face Ivory Coast on March 25th in the second-leg of the Beijing Olympic Games qualifiers second-round. Although our …

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Jose says referees are instructed to favor Zamalek

CAIRO: Manuel Jose launched a fresh attack on the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) as he accused anonymous officials of instructing referees to favor Al-Ahly s arch-rivals Zamalek. The Al-Ahly manager said in a recent interview that Zamalek players who had a caution before the Cairo derby were not shown any yellow cards intentionally to be …

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Zamalek players receive suspended wages

Zamalek players have received part of their wages which were suspended after the team s 2-0 away defeat to Sudan s Hilal in the CAF Champions League. The players bonuses for reaching the Arab Champions League semi-finals as well as their monthly salaries were banned following their dismal form against Hilal in the first-leg of …

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Zamalek hoping for Shikabala exception

CAIRO: Zamalek are planning to add forward Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq Shikabala to their Arab and African squads, a club official said. The Egyptian giants have voiced their intention to contact the Arab Union Football Association (UAFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) regarding the status of Shikabala, who has been involved in a tug-of-war between Zamalek …

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Zamalek stunned in Sudan

CAIRO: Zamalek s hopes of reaching the CAF Champions League round of 16 are in jeopardy following a surprising 2-0 away defeat to Sudan s Hilal on Sunday. The Sudanese champions dominated most of the game as the post and keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed denied the hosts a deserved lead in the first-half In the second …

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No exception for Farouk, says Ittihad official

CAIRO: Alexandria s Ittihad announced that the condition which striker Mohamed Farouk set in order to renew his contract was unacceptable. Farouk’s contract with Ittihad ends at the end of the season and the Alexandria-based club offered him a new two-year deal that would see him making LE 450,000 in his first season and LE …

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Zidan named Bundesliga Player of February

In three years, I want to play for Barcelona, says Zidan CAIRO: Egyptian forward Mohamed Zidan has been named German Bundesliga Player of the Month in a poll carried out by German sports daily Kicker, DSF channel and the Bundesliga organizing committee. The 25-year-old won over 50 percent of the votes for the immediate impact …

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EFA supports Egyptian Olympic team by postponing league games

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided to postpone the 23rd round of the premier league that was scheduled for March 8, spokesman Medhat Shalabi said on Wednesday. Shalabi said the EFA made its decision based on a request from Olympic national team coach Eduardo Vingada. Vingada had asked the EFA to postpone the …

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Al Ahly delegation survives scare at Johannesburg Airport

CAIRO: Al Ahly delegation survived a potential plane crash while landing at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the club’s official website reported on Thursday. The African champions were making a transit stop in the South African city on their way to Zimbabwe where they will face Highlanders club in the CAF Champions League …

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