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Sought-after Soliman helps ENPPI to win over Gaish

CAIRO: ENPPI returned to winning ways after claiming a 2-0 victory over Gaish in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday. In-form playmaker Walid Soliman, who has been inspirational for ENPPI since joining in the close season from Petrojet, opened the scoring midway through the first half. He made the most of a defensive blunder to …

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Ramzy suspended for TV appearance

CAIRO: The Egyptian FA announced that Olympic team manager Hani Ramzy will be suspended for appearing on a TV show with Nile Sport. The former Egypt defender was hosted by the local TV channel on Sunday to talk about the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool. Despite the controversy, Ramzy defended his position …

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Zaki questions local media objectivity

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki believes that he has been criticized quite often by Egyptian media because some people want him to leave the country. Recent reports claimed that TV replays showed that the well-built player had sworn at referee Fahim Omar in Zamalek’s 3-1 win over Smouha in the Egyptian Premier League on Friday. …

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Zamalek held at home by Gouna

CAIRO: Zamalek were held at home to a 1-1 draw with a stubborn Gouna side in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday. Gamal Hamza, who came through the youth ranks of Zamalek, put Gouna ahead on the half-hour mark before Amr Zaki hit a leveler on 68 minutes. Goalie Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed, one of the Whites’ …

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Hodoud African hopes dented after loss at Rabat

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud failed once again to register their first win in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage as they lost 1-0 at Morocco’s FUS Rabat on Sunday. The Alexandrian side drew in their previous couple of matches against Club Sfaxien and Zanaco, and now are languishing at the bottom of Group B with two …

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Hodoud coach to field youngsters against Rabat

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud coach Tarek Al-Ashri will give several youngsters a go while facing FUS Rabat in order to fill the void left by the injuries of some regulars. Defender Fadi Nagah has been ruled out of the Alexandrian club’s CAF Confederation Cup match after suffering a hamstring tear. Quartet Ahmed Kamal, Ahmed Abdul-Ghani, Mohamed …

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‘Royal reception’ for Ismaili in Algeria

CAIRO: Ismaili were overwhelmed by the warm reception they were given in Algeria by their Champions League opponents JS Kabylie on Tuesday. "We got a royal reception," Ismaili’s contigent head Atef Ziad told FilGoal.com. "Numerous Algerian officials were there to receive us at the airport while Kabylie celebrated our arrival all the way to Tizi …

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Standard’s lack of potential turned me off: Meteb

CAIRO: Emad Meteb said that Standard Liege’s lack of potential triggered his move back to Egypt. The international striker signed a two-year deal with Standard but terminated his contract before even making one appearance for the Belgian side. He first cited military service and his brother’s severe illness as reasons behind his return to Cairo. …

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Technical staff made mistakes: Egypt assistant

CAIRO: Egypt assistant coach Shawki Gharib conceded the Pharaohs’ technical staff made some mistakes in the 1-1 home draw with Sierra Leone in the first round of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying stage. The seven-time African champions put in a lackluster performance and clearly lacked the necessary firepower to pull off a victory …

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Al-Badri admits frontline inefficiency

CAIRO: Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badri conceded that his side’s strikers are anything but prolific, in the wake of the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with a 10-man JS Kabylie side in the CAF Champions League on Sunday. Apart from lively forward Geddo, Al-Badri fielded Mohamed Fadl upfront and replaced him with Osama Hosni five minutes from …

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Hodoud salvage point at Zanaco

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Zambia’s Zanaco in the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday. Mathews Macha put the hosts ahead shortly after the break but substitute Ahmed Salama brought the score level eight minutes from time. Hodoud now have 2 points from as many matches. In their previous …

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Yasser boycotts Zamalek training

CAIRO: Hussein Yasser decided to take no part in Zamalek’s training to force the Cairo club to offer him an improved contract. The Qatar forward already missed Friday’s session before his lawyer and spokesman Hesham Hassan confirmed why the 28-year-old went AWOL. But Yasser’s disappearance caused Zamalek to be in a state of disarray that …

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Ibrahim Hassan unhappy with league stoppage

CAIRO: Zamalek’s football director Ibrahim Hassan believes that the Egyptian Premier League stoppage will negatively affect his side. "The league stoppage won’t benefit Zamalek. It would have been better if the competition had just gone on," he told the club’s official site. "I wanted Zamalek to have a chance to atone for their last defeat …

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We deserved to be blamed: Zamalek winger

CAIRO: Zamalek right-back Omar Gaber admitted putting in a below-par performance against ENPPI in the Egyptian Premier League on Tuesday. The Whites took a stranglehold on the game in the early minutes to take an early lead but suffered an inexplicable dip in form later on. ENPPI capitalized on their opponents’ shaky form to reply …

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Mido’s playing time contingent on his form

CAIRO: Ajax coach Martin Jol says Mido’s playing time with the Eredivisie side depends on his level of performance. The 27-year-old made a return to Amsterdam Arena on a year-long pay-as-you-play deal this summer shortly after he parted ways with Middlesbrough by mutual consent. When asked about his plans for Mido, Jol replied: "It depends …

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Fathi linked with Premier League move

CAIRO: Ahmed Fathi is linked with a summer move to the Premier League, FilGoal.com understands. Rawad Kassis, a famous players’ agent, met with Ahly’s marketing director Adli Al-Qaeyi on Monday as the Egyptian champions made their financial demands. Ahly demanded £1.5 million to let Fathi go and West Ham are believed to be interested in …

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Ahly, ‘Ultras Ahlawy’ to bury the hatchet?

CAIRO: Senior ‘Ultras Ahlawy’ members met with Ahly chairman Hassan Hamdi and club vice-president Mahmoud Al-Khatib in an attempt to clear the air. The radical Ahly fan group decided not to attend the Cairo giants’ games after clashing fiercely with the police in a pre-season friendly. Ultras Ahlawy members have always been criticized for their …

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Production on top with third successive win

CAIRO: Military Production maintained their perfect start to the season after beating MCDR 2-1 Sunday to secure provisional top spot in the Egyptian Premier League. Hassan Mousa put the army side upfront after 22 minutes before Mohamed Shedid doubled their lead four minutes from the hour mark. Hossam Ossama pulled one back for MCDR four …

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Eid handed four-match suspension, fined

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud forward Ahmed Eid has been handed a four-match ban and an LE 5,000 fine for his misconduct in the 2-2 draw with Smouha on Thursday. Eid pushed the referee’s hand when he was about to raise a caution for him in the second half of the Egyptian Premier League match, causing the …

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Shikabala extends Zamalek deal

CAIRO: Shikabala has put an end to widespread speculation over his future by signing a contract extension with the Cairo club, said Zamalek’s football director Ibrahim Hassan. "Shikabala has already put pen to paper during a meeting with the club’s board members," he told Modern TV. "The whole matter has finally ended." According to agent …

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Mohsen Saleh sues Smouha chairman

CAIRO: Former Egypt coach Mohsen Saleh has filed a lawsuit against Farag Amer, president of promoted side Smouha, for ‘slander and false accusations’. Saleh took charge of Smouha, who secured their first-ever top-flight spot last season, this summer. However, he resigned from his post after the team’s maiden Egyptian Premier League appearance, which saw them …

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Anderlecht GM denies comment on Shikabala’s family

CAIRO: Anderlecht’s general manager Herman van Holsbeeck denied stating that Shikabala comes from a poor family. Van Holsbeeck had been previously quoted by a good number of Belgian papers as saying: "If Shikabala comes (to Anderlecht), then our off-field coaching will be very important. "He comes from a poor family and is now a big …

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Al-Muhammadi name changed upon his request

CAIRO: Sunderland’s new signing Ahmed Al-Muhammadi requested to change his name to ‘Elmohamady’ on his jersy, the Black Cats said on Monday. The 22-year-old has been referred to by the printed press as Al-Muhammadi throughout his spell with ENPPI, his parent club. However, the Egypt winger had the name Elmohamady put on his shirt during …

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Ahly boss blames Kabylie fans, referee for loss

CAIRO: Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badri blamed his side’s 1-0 loss at JS Kabylie on the home fans’ misconduct and the referee who officiated Sunday’s Champions League clash. "The pressure we have been under before the game definitely took its toll on the players during the match," he told Nile Sport. "Kabylie’s officials warmly received us …

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Heartland coach highlights ‘difficult and decisive’ clash

CAIRO: Heartland coach Samson Siasia anticipates a ‘difficult and decisive’ African Champions League clash against Ismaili. Both sides will be desperate to make up for a disappointing start to their Champions League group stage campaign when they meet at Ismailia Stadium on Sunday. "It’s a decisive and difficult game," Siasia, who was recently linked with …

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Al-Muhammadi hopes to start against Birmingham

CAIRO: Ahmed Al-Muhammadi hopes to start for Sunderland against Birmingham in the Premier League kick-off on Saturday. The international full-back, who joined Sunderland on a year-long loan from ENPPI, featured several times for the Black Cats during their pre-season friendly matches. Now he is looking forward to having a competitive debut to remember this weekend. …

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Barakat refuses to come out of international retirement

CAIRO: Mohamed Barakat says he was not named for Egypt’s friendly match with DR Congo because he had already retired from international football. Several sport pundits called on Egypt coach Hassan Shehata to include the Ahly midfielder in his squad for Wednesday’s game. But Barakat stressed that he will no longer feature for the Pharaohs, …

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Ismaili file complaint against referee Coulibaly

CAIRO: Ismaili have lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over what they described as ‘biased refereeing’ from Koman Coulibaly in their 2-1 defeat by Ahly on Sunday. The Dervishes slumped to their second successive defeat in the African Champions League group stage after a heartbreaking last-gasp loss to bitter rivals Ahly. …

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FA to decide on Geddo saga

CAIRO: Board member Hazem Al-Hawari informed FilGoal.com with the date of the meeting, stressing that the player will definitely be sanctioned. "We’ll have a meeting on Sunday and we shall discuss the problem," Al-Hawari said. "He will definitely be fined, according to the FA’s regulations. "But it’s still unclear whether there will be a suspension …

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Hodoud coach gracious in defeat

CAIRO: The Alexandria-based club could not find top gear at Cairo Stadium and missed out on the chance to wrap up a second consecutive Super Cup title after overcoming Ahly in the same competition last season. They were undone by a second-half goal from Mohamed Abou-Trika, who capitalized on a defensive blunder to fire a …

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