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EFA turns down Al-Ahly request to postpone league games

CAIRO: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) turned down Al-Ahly s request to postpone league games against Masri and Ghazl Mahalla for 24 hours. The Egyptian champions demanding delaying Masri match, which is scheduled for Thursday March eighth, due to their African Champions League commitment. Al-Ahly will begin their title defense against Highlanders club in Zimbabwe in …

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Ahly edge past stubborn Tersana

CAIRO: Ahly continued their march towards a third successive Egyptian League title after grabbing a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Tersana at the Military Academy on Friday. In-form Angolan striker Flavio struck on either side of the interval but was cancelled out twice by strikes from Allam Bou-Farma and Hossam Hassan s controversial penalty. But another …

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Egypt's African Games hopes jeopardized

Aboutrika to represent Ahly at CAF Awards ceremon CAIRO: Egypt Olympic team slumped to a 2-0 away defeat to Ethiopia in the first-leg of the African Games qualifiers second-round on Sunday. Saladin Tato put the hosts in front after 12 minutes after breaking through Egypt s poor defense before poking into the back of the …

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Hassan is still the most popular Egyptian in Turkey, says Saied

CAIRO: Despite leaving for Belgium, midfielder Ahmed Hassan remains the most popular Egyptian in the Turkish football scene, international defender Ibrahim Saied insisted. Saied, who joined Turkish outfit Rizespor in the winter transfer window from Zamalek, said that he hopes he can build a strong bond with Turkish fans just like his Egypt teammate and …

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Abou-Treika to miss African Super Cup clash

CAIRO: Ahli playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika will miss his side s clash against Tunisian side Etoile Sahel in the African Super Cup on Sunday after failing to recover from injury in time. Abou-Treika needs a two-week treatment at least in order to shrug off the groin injury he sustained in the Egyptian League game against Asyut …

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Eno excluded from Qadsia game

CAIRO: Zamalek coach Henri Michel has excluded midfielder Moetazbellah Mohamed ‘Eno’ from his side s squad for the Arab Champions League (ACL) game against Kuwait s Qadsia on Thursday. Although Eno took part in Zamalek s 1-0 victory over Vital O of Burundi in the African Champions League, Michel opted to leave him out of …

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Zamalek ease past Vital'O

CAIRO: Hazem Emam scored in the first-half to help Zamalek edge Burundi’s Vital’O 1-0 away from home and advance to the African Champions League round of 32 on Saturday. The Zamalek skipper, who also scored in the first-leg, notched home what proved to be the winner in the 20th minute. The Cairo giants progressed to …

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Lippi to conduct workshops for Egyptian coaches

CAIRO: World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi is scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Thursday at the request of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to conduct a series of workshops for local coaches. The EFA has organized a press conference for the former Italy boss upon arrival, spokesman Medhat Shalabi told FilGoal.com on Wednesday. “Mr …

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Al-Muhammadi's strike keeps Egypt's Olympic dreams alive

CAIRO: A last-gasp strike by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi earned Egypt a 1-1 home draw with Ivory Coast in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games qualifiers to salvage the Pharaohs’ hopes of reaching the group stage. Sekou Cisse put the visitors ahead in the first-half before substitute Al-Muhammadi secured a precious draw for Egypt in stoppage time. Egypt …

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Ahly's Jose fined, suspended by Egyptian FA

Zamalek team gets punished, too CAIRO: Ahly coach Manuel Jose has been suspended for four games and fined LE 50,000 for inappropriate conduct during his team’s league game against Harras Al-Hodoud, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Monday. The Portuguese manager started to undress on the sideline in protest over referee Nasser Abbass’s decisions. …

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Jose issues an apology to Ahly's fans over Al-Hodoud incident

CAIRO: Portuguese coach Manuel Jose issued a statement on Sunday apologizing for his unsporting behavior during Ahly s Egyptian League match against Harras Al-Hodoud on Friday. Jose was ejected from the game for his inappropriate objection over referee Nasser Abbass in the 73rd minute. The Ahly manager was so frustrated by the decisions of referee …

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Eno problems don't concern me, says Michel

CAIRO: Zamalek coach Henri Michel said he doesn t care about the ongoing saga between Zamalek board of directors and the club s midfielder Moetazbellah Mohamed Eno . The Cairo giants are purportedly enraged at Eno after he missed several training sessions and failed to take part in Zamalek s 4-1 victory over Vital O …

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Egypt storm back to clinch 'Friendship Tournament'

CAIRO: Egypt stormed back from a one-goal deficit to squash Belarus 4-1 and win the International Friendship Tournament in Qatar on Wednesday. The game looked heading towards an extra time when the score was tied at 1-1 with just seven minutes remaining on the clock. But the Egyptians opened the floodgates with Ahmed Samir, Mohamed …

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Egypt to boycott Arab Futsal competitions

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided on Monday to suspend its participation in Arab Futsal activities indefinitely in response to the brutal assault launched on Egyptian players by Libyans in the Arab Cup last week. Libyan security forces clubbed the Egyptian team players during the interval of the final game against the hosts, leaving …

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Mido ends goal-drought as Tottenham march on

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hossam Mido ended a three-month goal-drought when he scored on Saturday to help Tottenham Hotspur beat Championship side Southend 3-1 and advance to the FA Cup fifth round. Irish striker Robbie Keane put the Spurs ahead after 12 minutes when he received Didier Zokora s pass before hitting a low shot that …

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Zamalek thrash Vital'O in Champions League opener

CAIRO: Zamalek celebrated their African Champions League return with a thrashing 4-1 home win over Burundi s Vital O in the first-leg of the competition s preliminary round on Sunday. Amr Zaki, Hazem Emam, Mostafa Gaafar and Tarek Al-Sayed were on the score sheet to help Zamalek, who didn t feature in last year s …

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Galal missiles sabotage Talkha Electricity

CAIRO: Ahly youngster Ahmed Galal nailed a hat-trick as Ahly romped to a 3-0 victory over first division side Talkha Electricity on Saturday and advanced to the Egyptian Cup round of 16. The title holders will face Petrojet, who edged Gasco 2-1, in the competition s second round. Assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri was in charge …

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Enppi Follow in Zamalek's Dirty Footsteps

The announcement made by Enppi club that they promoted Hani Ramzi to replace head coach Rainer Zobel and demoting the German manager to take on a peripheral role only proves the club has taken a wrong path. In order for any system to run properly, there must be regulations; but in Egyptian football anything is …

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Handball Championship: Egypt's World Cup dream shattered

Cairo: Egypt s hopes of going far in the Handball World Cup were scattered on Sunday when they were defeated 30-29 by the Czech Republic. The Pharaohs second group game left them competing for third place when they take on Qatar in the last game. Both sides were handed defeats by the Czechs and defending …

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Egypt lose to Spain in handball World Championship

Cairo: Egypt wasted a chance to kick-off their 2007 World Handball Championship with a win after losing to title holders Spain 33-29 in Bremen on Saturday. Spain are joint leaders with Czech Republic in Group D with two points while Egypt is third with no points. Egypt produced a fine display in the first-half, inspired …

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FIFA, CAF deny Ahly doping allegations

Cairo: World football s governing body FIFA denied in an official statement on Wednesday that African champions Ahly were involved in any doping violation cases. FIFA and its President, Joseph S. Blatter, are keen to dispel the rumor currently circulating that two players from Ahly Sporting Club (Egypt) failed doping tests after the 2006 CAF …

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Blatter raises suspicions over doping violations by Ahly

Cairo: FIFA president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter raised suspicions of doping violations by Egyptian champions Ahly when he said that the world football governing body has discovered two positive cases during their African Champions League campaign. Blatter, speaking at a press conference in Paris on Friday, revealed that FIFA has found out two more cases than …

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Ahly regains footing, trounces Asyut

Cairo: Hassan Mostafa s goal gave Al Ahly a 1-0 win over bottom club Asyut Petroleum on Monday to extend their premier league lead to nine points. Second-placed Ismaili lost 1-0 to struggling ENPPI, who earned a first win for their new coach, former Bundesliga player Hani Ramzy. Zamalek stayed third, 11 points behind Al …

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Ahly land Sfaxien midfielder Boujelbene

Cairo: Al Ahly club has signed Tunisian midfielder Anis Boujelbene from Sfaxien on a two-and-half year contract for $50.000, the African champions said on Monday. Boujelbene will be paid $400.000 as signing fees and monthly salaries till June 2009, marketing manager Adli Al-Qayei said. The 29-year-old Boujelbene, who can play on the left wing or …

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Junior's debatable strike lifts Zamalek past Petrojet

Cairo: Substitute playmaker Awuley Quay Junior scored a controversial goal in the stoppage time to give Zamalek a thrilling 2-1 victory over Petrojet in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday. The Ghanaian midfielder tucked home on the rebound in the 90th minute after Osama Hassan s bullet cannoned off the crossbar. Although none of Petrojet …

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Zamalek romp to victory over ENPPI

Ismaili edges closer to AhlyCairo: Two goals from Abdul-Halim Ali and Osama Hassan in the first-half were enough for Zamalek to grab an easy 2-0 home victory over ENPPI in the Egyptian League on Thursday. The Cairo giants are still in third place of the league table with 33 points, five behind second-placed Ismaili and …

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Tottenham want to offload Mido says report

CAIRO: Tottenham Hotspur is open to talks for Egypt striker Mido due to his tensed relationship with Dutch manager Martin Jol, The Mirror reported. Jol will listen to offers for Egyptian Mido after falling out with the striker, the British newspaper said on Wednesday. Mido has been involved in a number of rows with his …

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Zaki reveals new Sheffield bid

CAIRO: Egypt and Zamalek striker Amr Zaki said that Sheffield United have set a fresh £3 million bid to sign him during January and urged his side to accept the offer that might not be repeated . I will meet Zamalek directors and try to convince them to accept the English offer, Zaki told FilGoal.com …

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Press not merciful on Ahly's Jose

CAIRO: Egyptian critics are continuing to lash out at Ahly manager Manuel Jose following his side s 3-0 defeat against Ismaili on Sunday. The boisterous criticism comes despite the recent honeymoon between the Portuguese manager and the press who had showered him with praise recently after his African and international accomplishments. Al-Miniawi refutes Jose s …

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Michel hits out at predecessor

CAIRO: Zamalek manager Henri Michel hit out at predecessor Manuel Cajuda, accusing him of failing to prepare the players physically for such a long season. Michel told FilGoal.com that he is not used to criticizing his predecessors but the players disappointing form can only be blamed on the Portuguese. The veteran French coach said that …

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