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Telecom Egypt clear Azmi confusion

CAIRO: Telecom Egypt football director Adel Allam insisted his side will not make any approach for Amir Azmi unless the defender ends his problems with Al-Shabab. The Egyptian defender claims he is mistreated by the Saudi club, revealing that Al-Shabab president Khaled Al-Baltan threatened to ruin his career. Azmi is training with Telecom Egypt but …

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Zaki, Abdel Ghani out of Hodoud game

CAIRO: Amr Zaki and Alaa Abdel Ghani have been excluded from Zamalek s 20-man squad for today’s League game against Harras Al-Hodoud in Alexandria.Striker Zaki, who has just completed his one-month suspension by the club, was tipped to make his comeback against Al-Hodoud. However, he picked up a thigh injury in training and was ruled …

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Ismaili file Al Ahly complaint

CAIRO: Ismaili have filed a complaint to the Egyptian Football Association, protesting Al Ahly fans behavior during the 1-1 league draw on Thursday. We decided to complain after Al Ahly fans chanted abusive words against Chairman Yehia Al-Koumi during the match, Ismaili spokesman Abdel Rahman Anous told FilGoal.com on Saturday. Their spectators also set off …

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Abdul-Monsef's contract talks put on hold

CAIRO: Mohamed Abdul-Monsef s contract talks with Zamalek have been put on hold after both sides failed to reach an agreement. Abdul-Monsef had a meeting with Chairman Mamdouh Abbas and board member Amr Ganayni to sign a three-year extension but the deal collapsed, a source told FilGoal.com. The length of the contract has been approved …

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Petrojet end Gaish unbeaten run

CAIRO: Petrojet handed Al-Gaish their first defeat this season after beating the leaders 2-1 in the ninth match day of the Egyptian league in Suez on Wednesday. Palestinian midfielder Mohamed Samara scored the winner eight minutes from time, after Mamdouh Abdel Hay had cancelled out Mohamed Al-Fakahani s opener for Petrojet. The win put Petrojet …

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CAF opposes Egypt's Arab Games participation

CAIRO: Confederation of African Football (CAF) has sent a letter to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), baring the Pharaohs from participating in the Pan Arab Games on home soil. CAF stressed that all African Cup of Nations participants are not allowed to take part in any tournament before Africa s showpiece kicks-off on Jan. 20. …

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Ghaly denies Spurs return

CAIRO: Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly has denied all the reports claiming that he went back to London and joined Tottenham s trainings again. I have a lot of troubles with the board and the fans. The arrival of Juande Ramos won t change the situation, said Ghaly. The 25-year-old midfielder left the team since last …

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Ismaili issue ultimatum to players

CAIRO: Ismaili have promised to solve the players salary crisis before their crucial league game against Al Ahly today. I asked the board to talk to the players and announce fixed dates to give their payments, Gamal Al-Emari told a press conference on Tuesday. The Dervishes have declared their anger as they didn t receive …

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Al Ahly missing key figures against Ismaili

CAIRO: CAF Champions League finalists Al Ahly will miss a number of key players when they visit Ismaili in the Egyptian league crunch game today. Defense trio Emad Al-Nahhas, Ahmed Al-Sayed and Sebastiao Gilberto were all ruled out of the Ismaili game due to injuries. Al-Nahhas and Al-Sayed suffered minor knocks during Al Ahly s …

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Cairo Stadium to host Champions League Final

CAIRO: Al Ahly have announced that Cairo Stadium will host their CAF Champions League Final second-leg against Etoile Sahel on Nov. 9. Minister of defense Mohamed Hussein Tantawi has agreed to let us play the final at Cairo Stadium, Al Ahly s spokesman Gamal Gabr told FilGoal.com. The Red Devils bosses took the approval of …

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Shikabala returns for Zamalek against Mahalla

CAIRO: Zamalek have recalled suspended forward Mahmoud “Shikabala Abdel Razeq to the squad which will face Ghazl Mahalla in the Egyptian league on Thursday. The 21-year-old has been suspended by the Egyptian FA since Sept. 17, when he made inappropriate gestures to Al Ahly fans after the 1-0 league defeat. Shikabala s inclusion will be …

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Hassan rejects Ittihad hearing

CAIRO: Ittihad captain Hossam Hassan rejected the club s decision to summon him for a hearing after he traveled to the UAE without the board s permission. The 41-year-old left the team before the recent league game with Baladeya to attend an exhibition match in Dubai last week. Consequently, the Alexandria-based club suspended Hassan and …

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The Egyptian FA awards Zamalek 2-0 win over Masri

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association competitions committee handed Zamalek a 2-0 win over Masri in their abandoned league game held in Port Said last Saturday. “Zamalek have been awarded the victory and Masri were fined LE 10,000, the competitions committee president, Nayed Ezzat told FilGoal.com on Thursday. Referee Ahmed Ouda walked off the field after …

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Hassan set for Ittihad exit in January

CAIRO: Hossam Hassan said on Sunday he intends to leave Alexandria-based club Ittihad when the transfer window reopens in January. I will meet with [vice-president] Mohamed Moselhi in the coming few days to discuss a possible mutual agreement that would see me depart in January, Hassan told state TV. The 41-year-old striker was involved in …

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Easy win for Egypt in Arab Games opener

CAIRO: Egypt basketball team kicked off their Pan Arab Games campaign on home soil with an easy 77-57 victory over Yemen. The victory put Egypt in charge of Group B with two points while Yemen had just one point following their defeat. Egypt produced a fine display and were superior over their opponents to issue …

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Zamalek fine 'absent' Gaafar

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Mostafa Gaafar has been handed an LE 3,000 fine for missing Sunday s training session without permission, assistant coach Ayman Mansour said. Gaafar s relationship with the Cairo giants has seemingly reached a dead end after the latest row. Since the arrival of Dutch coach Ruud Krol, the former Baladeya striker has …

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Ittihad fine players, promise bonuses

CAIRO: Ittihad handed their players LE 5,000 fine each due to poor results in the league but promised them big bonuses should they beat Aluminum and Enppi, the club said. The Alexandria side lost to Baladeya 2-0 on Friday to move down to the basement of the league with four points from eight games. The …

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Jose wants Barakat's caution cancelled

CAIRO: Al Ahly manager Manuel Jose demanded that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancel Mohamed Barakat s yellow card against Etoile Sahel in the first leg of the African Champions League final. Jose was quoted as saying that Barakat picked-up an undeserved caution and that the referee should have awarded him a penalty-kick instead. …

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Masri-Zamalek game called off

CAIRO: Zamalek’s Egyptian League match against Masri at Port Said was called off on Saturday after crowd trouble took place while the visitors were leading 1-0. Referee Ahmed Oda stopped the match in the 81st minute when Masri fans shouted angry chants against him for waving the play on after Wagih Abdel Azim fell inside …

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Zamalek request EFA to cut Shikabala ban

CAIRO: Zamalek sent an official request to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) asking for a reduction to the one-year international suspension imposed against forward Mahmoud “Shikabala Abdul-Razeq last July. The 21-year-old playmaker has been handed a one-year ban from representing the national team, following the Olympic team s exit from the 2007 Pan-African Games, for …

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El-Abdi suspended for three matches

CAIRO: Zamalek defender Wissem El-Abdi has been handed a three-match suspension by the Egyptian FA after being sent-off in his side s 1-1 draw with Suez Cement. The Tunisian defender was handed a straight red card in the first-half after hitting Mohamed Al-Saghir s chest with his boot in an off-ball challenge. El-Abdi has been …

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Saied's Ankaragucu dispute resolved

CAIRO: Ibrahim Saied revealed on Thursday that he will start Ankaragucu s upcoming Turkish League game against Rizespor, ending a long-running feud with manager Hans-Peter Briegel. Ankaragucu chairman phoned me while I was in Egypt and assured me that I m an integral member of the team s squad, Saied told FilGoal.com. He promised me …

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Zamalek request EFA to cut Shikabala ban

CAIRO: Zamalek sent an official request to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) asking for a reduction to the one-year international suspension imposed against forward Mahmoud “Shikabala Abdul-Razeq last July. The 21-year-old playmaker has been handed a one-year ban from representing the national team, following the Olympic team s exit from the 2007 Pan-African Games, for …

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Egypt advance in FIFA ranking

CAIRO: Egypt have marched on four spots in the monthly Fifa World Ranking published by the world governing body. The African champions reached 39th position in this month s edition after a 1-0 CAN 2008 qualifier victory over Botswana, and despite a 4-1 drubbing defeat to Japan in a friendly. The top three places witnessed …

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Hassan's African ban cut to two games

CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan will participate in Egypt s African Cup of Nations second game against Sudan after his ban was cut to two matches upon appeal, the Egypt skipper said on Tuesday. The Anderlecht midfielder is delighted with CAF s decision and intends to do his best to help the Pharaohs defend the title they …

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Four friendlies for Egypt before CAN

CAIRO: Egypt are set to play four friendlies against African teams ahead of the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Ghana in January. Egypt trainer Hamada Sedki said the team will prepare for the big event by facing four teams, who will be competing in the Ghana finals. We will play four friendlies between Jan. …

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Zaki returns to Zamalek training

CAIRO: Amr Zaki is set to resume full training with Zamalek after manager Ruud Krol finally approved his return. The Egypt striker said that he met with Krol after Monday s training session and the latter agreed to cut his one-month ban. I had a meeting with the coach, he accepted my apology and I …

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Zidane to visit Egypt for charity campaign

CAIRO: France legend Zinedine Zidane is set to visit Egypt on Oct. 31 as he takes part in a worldwide campaign to support handicapped and homeless children. The three-day event is organized and sponsored by Danone Group. Zidane will also promote a world tournament for children set to be staged in France next summer. The …

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Al-Badri eyeing victory in Tunisia

CAIRO: Al Ahly assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri insisted that his side will be looking for a win rather than a draw when they visit Tunisia s Etoile Sahel in the CAF Champions League final first-leg on Saturday. The corresponding fixture in the 2005 final ended in a goalless draw in Sousse, followed by a 3-0 …

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