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Southgate denies Mido rift

CAIRO: Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate quashed rumors accusing striker Ahmed “Mido Hossam of returning to Egypt without the club s permission. The Boro coach clarified that Mido was allowed to return home for a one-week break as part of his treatment to a groin injury suffered last month. There have been stories about Mido going …

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Fathi scores first goal for Kazma

CAIRO: Ahmed Fathi s first goal with Kazma led them to a 1-0 victory over Nassr to move up in the Kuwaiti Cup rounds. The Egyptian midfielder, who is on loan from Cairo giants Al Ahly, notched the winner in the 73rd minute to level the aggregate score. Although Nassr won the first-leg 2-1, their …

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Zamalek charge Zaki with misconduct

CAIRO: Zamalek club held a hearing Monday to investigate the brawl that took place between striker Amr Zaki and football director Ayman Mansour. Zamalek enjoyed a calm morning practice session, their first after Zaki and Mansour engaged in a scuffle on Sunday. Zaki had accused Mansour of assaulting him after Sunday’s training session. Mansour was …

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Gaish avoid ACL favorites in quarter-finals draw

CAIRO: Al-Gaish were fortunate to avoid last year s Arab Champions League finalists ES Setif of Algeria and Faisali of Jordan in the quarter-finals group stage draw of the competition. The Egyptian team will tackle Wydad Casablanca, USM Alger and Syrian outfit Al-Tali a, who ousted Masri recently. Setif and Faisali will be joined by …

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Jose receives warm reception in Cairo

CAIRO: Hundreds of Al Ahly fans gathered at the Cairo airport on Saturday to welcome Manuel Jose, as a sort of an apology to the Portuguese manager who came under attack after losing the CAF Champions League. The Portuguese manager Jose was astonishingly attacked by a section of Al Ahly fans following the team s …

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Egypt dominate Arab Games

CAIRO: Egypt tightened their grip on the summit of the Pan Arab Games, reaching 60 gold medals after five days of the competition. The hosts were given a boost by the results of Equestrian and Gymnastics athletes, who managed to collect a total of seven gold medals on Day 5. The eighth gold medal came …

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Abdel Ghani injury not chronic, says Zamalek

CAIRO: Zamalek have denied on Saturday reports that midfielder Alaa Abdel Ghani is suffering from a chronic knee injury. The energetic midfielder has been sidelined for long periods and suffered several setbacks on the road to recovery due to a persistent knee problem. Abdel Ghani s injury can be healed with medicines, Zamalek doctor Mostafa …

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Mido unsure about CAN selection

CAIRO: Ahmed “Mido Hossam said he is not sure about his chances of being selected for Egypt in the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. The Middlesbrough striker made himself available for the national team, but he conceded that the decision isn t his. I think Egypt must have a good chance in the …

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Saudi Arabia ease past Sudan in Arab Games

ISMAILIA: Saudi Arabia eased past Sudan s Olympic team 2-0 in their Pan Arab Games opener in Ismailia on Wednesday. Defender Reda Tukar put the Saudis ahead after 16 minutes when he headed home Mohamed Al-Shalhoub s cross. Hilal midfielder Omar Al-Ghamdi sealed the victory two minutes from time with a low drive from outside …

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Zamalek expect ban on Al Ahly players

CAIRO: Zamalek are expecting to see sanctions, from the Egyptian Football Association, on Al Ahly players after being caught on TV insulting their Tunisian opponents in the CAF Champions League final last Friday. An anonymous official said on the club s official website said that Shadi Mohamed and Ahmed Al-Sayed verbally abused Etoile du Sahel …

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Al Ahly accuse Etoile of match-fixing

CAIRO: Al Ahly will provide evidence to CAF showing that a match-fixing occurred during the Champions League final, the Egyptian champions said on Wednesday. The Red Devils missed out on winning the prestigious title for an unprecedented third successive time after losing to Etoile Sahel 3-1 in the final at Cairo Stadium. The match was …

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Ibra named Swedish player of the year, Shaaban best keeper

CAIRO: Inter Milan star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Golden ball for the Swedish player of the Year on Monday while Rami Shaaban won the best keeper award. The 26-year old striker has been inspirational for Inter in their Scudetto quest and finished as the top scorer of the Serie A with 15 goals. Meanwhile, …

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Four gold medals for Egypt in Arab Games

CAIRO: Egypt collected 10 medals, including four gold, in the first day of the Pan Arab Games, which started on Monday. Judo duo Hisham Musbah and Samah Ramadan won two gold medals. Ahmed Salah also won gold in the 100 meter Butterfly Swimming competition. The host nation dominated the fencing competition, as Ahmed Nabil won …

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Etoile close on Zamalek in CAF rankings

CAIRO: Etoile Sahel are close to leapfrogging Zamalek into second place in CAF rankings after lifting the Champions League trophy at the expense of Ahly. The Tunisian side were awarded five points after defeating Ahly, the ranking s runaway leaders, 3-1 in the competition s final on Friday. They have now 49 points, just one …

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Abdullah claims Ahly interest

CAIRO: Konyaspor midfielder Mohamed Abdullah said he was approached by his former club Ahly in an attempt to lure him in January. I received phone calls from Ahly officials expressing their interest, I will meet with them in the upcoming period for negotiating a January move, Abdullah told FilGoal.com. However, Ahly marketing director Adli Al-Qaeyi …

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Al-Jazeera reveals Arab Games concerns

CAIRO: Al-Jazeera news network said that a state of chaos surrounded the first day of the Pan-Arab Games. The opening ceremony took place on Sunday at Cairo International Stadium in the presence of President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and other Arab leaders. However, Al-Jazeera claimed that reporters from the Qatari network encountered problems while granting license …

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Abou Treika delighted with fans vote

CAIRO: Al Ahly playmaker Mohamed Abou Treika revealed his delight for being in the lead in the World s Most Popular footballers in 2007 poll conducted by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). I am grateful for all the fans and supporters who voted for me, the 29-year old midfielder told FilGoal.com …

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Al Ahly accept Qatari offer for Gomaa

CAIRO: Al Ahly accepted an offer to loan out defender Wael Gomaa to Qatari side Al-Siliya until the end of the season, a source from the Cairo club said. An Al Ahly official said that the Reds received a $180,000 offer from the newly-promoted Qatari side to sign Gomaa on loan next January. The source …

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Ismaili condemn fans' celebrations after Al Ahly defeat

CAIRO: Ismaili issued a statement on Saturday expressing disapproval to the attitude of some of their fans after Al Ahly’s 3-1 CAF Champions League final defeat to Etoile Sahel on Friday. A number of the Dervishes supporters filled Ismailia streets in jubilance, following the shocking defeat of their bitter rivals at Cairo Stadium. However, Ismaili …

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Al-Saqqa joins former club Genclerbirligi

CAIRO: Abdel Zaher Al-Saqqa will be joining Turkish side Genclerbirligi from Konyaspor, starting from the upcoming transfer break in January. The Egypt stopper, who joined Konya from Gencler in 2005, signed a new deal with his former club that should keep him until 2009. I signed a contact with Gencler and I will join the …

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Omar quits Al-Wehdat after just one day

CAIRO: Egyptian manager Mohamed Omar stepped down from his job as a head coach of Jordan giants Al-Wehdat after only one game in charge. I resigned as the board refused to let me choose my assistants and assign a national staff, Omar told FilGoal.com. Omar, who made his debut against Gaish on Monday, succeeded his …

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Zamalek held by Hodoud

CAIRO: Zamalek failed to continue their recent revival after being held to a 1-1 away draw by Harras Al-Hodoud in the Egyptian League on Tuesday. Ahmed Abdul-Ghani fired the hosts in front early in the first-half but Abdul-Halim Ali cancelled out his effort in the 27th minute. Zamalek, who won their previous two outings at …

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Tickets problem ahead of Champions League final

CAIRO: Al Ahly fans are encountering problems in acquiring tickets ahead of the CAF Champions League second-leg final against Etoile Sahel on Friday. Preparations for the upcoming Pan-Arab Games forced the African champions to publish 48,000 tickets instead of 67,000, which is the full capacity of Cairo stadium. Moreover, the Al Ahly board decided to …

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Ibrahim earns Egypt call-up

CAIRO: Petrojet s in-form striker Alaa Ibrahim has been called-up to Egypt s squad for the Pan Arab Games on home soil after Ismaili frontman Mohamed Fadl was excluded due to injury. Hassan Shehata surprisingly announced his 25-man squad on Tuesday without the inclusion of Egyptian League top scorer Ibrahim. However, the former Al Ahly …

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Ahly trio given all-clear for final

CAIRO: Ahly trio Mohamed Abou-Treika, Emad Al-Nahhas and Ahmed Al-Sayed have been declared fit for the CAF Champions League final with Etoile Sahel on Friday after resuming full training with the team. Star man Abou-Treika was taken off the Reds 1-1 draw at Ismaili last week after colliding with Hosni Abd-Rabou and has been training …

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Zizo brings curtain down on Cement spell

CAIRO: Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi resigned from his job as a manager of Suez Cement following the disastrous 8-0 defeat against Petrojet on Tuesday. That s it and my decision is final, Zizo told a TV show after the game. The players don t have any motivations or enthusiasm and the team can t improve with such …

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Zaki agrees Zamalek LE 30 mln exit plan

CAIRO: Zamalek board have agreed to let Amr Zaki depart the club on condition that he receives an LE 30 million offer, the prolific striker revealed on Wednesday. “I will leave Zamalek if any club affords to meet their price tag, Zaki told FilGoal.com. However, there are still differences which need to be sorted out …

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Abou Treika resumes full training

CAIRO: Al Ahly skipper Mohamed Abou Treika has fully recovered from a minor injury and will feature against Etoile du Sahel on Friday in the CAF Champions League, according to the club’s medical staff. The club’s website announced Monday that the player is already participating in physical and technical trainings. Abou Treika is set to …

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Tersana hold Ghazl El Mahalla

CAIRO: Once again Ghazl El Mahalla dropped points at home as they were held to a scoreless draw by Tersana, on Monday, in the opening game of day 10 of the Egyptian league. Ahmed Salama broke the deadlock after only two minutes for the visitors before Emad Othman could snatch the equalizer 10 minutes later. …

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Gaish hold Wehdat in ACL

CAIRO: Jordan international keeper, Amer Shafie, made some heroic saves leading Al-Wehdat to a precious scoreless home draw against Egyptian side Al-Gaish, in the first leg of the round 16 of the Arab Champions League. The visitors made everything except scoring. Amer Sabri, Mamdouh Abdel Hai,Gomaa Mashhour and Hassan Awad had several efforts on target …

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