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Abou-Trika reveals ‘mental anguish’

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou-Trika’s lackluster displays of late are down to a mental anguish he suffers, the Ahly schemer said late on Wednesday. The classy playmaker was criticized by some pundits for failing to shine during Ahly’s past few Egyptian Premier League games, with some of them even calling on him to hang up his boots. …

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Hassan makes Shikabala request

CAIRO: Zamalek coach Hossam Hassan asked Egypt manager Hassan Shehata to drop Shikabala for next week’s friendly game against Australia. The 24-year-old wizard was replaced in the second half of Zamalek’s 3-2 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ismaili last Wednesday after picking up a back injury. He was still included in Egypt’s squad for the …

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Geddo set to continue in unfamiliar role

CAIRO: Ahly are likely to continue relying on Mohamed Nagui ‘Geddo’ as a lone striker when they face ENPPI in next week’s Egyptian Premier League game. Geddo, a natural deep-lying forward, spearheaded Ahly’s attack in Wednesday’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Petrojet due to shortage of options upfront. "(Liberian striker) Francis Doe and Osama Hosni are …

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Geddo gives Ahly hard-fought win

CAIRO: Geddo’s acrobatic first-half effort gave Ahly a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Petrojet that allayed their African woes despite a lackluster performance in Wednesday’s Egyptian Premier League game. The Red Devils secured a morale-boosting victory after exiting the African Champions League at the hands of Tunisia’s Esperance last week, albeit in an unconvincing fashion. Natural …

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Egypt reach African Youth Championship

CAIRO: Egypt reached the African Youth Championship after crushing Senegal 3-0 at home on Sunday in an ill-tempered clash that witnessed three red cards in the dying minutes. The young Pharaohs overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in the final round of the qualifiers after scoring three goals in the second half to reach next year’s …

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Zamalek’s Emam backtracks on ‘slap’ complaint

CAIRO: Troubled wing-back Hazem Emam reversed his decision to file a complaint against Zamalek board member Ahmed Refaat for slapping him. Refaat, one of the club icons, astonishingly slapped Emam in the face after a heated argument developed into a confrontation. He was infuriated after Emam hit out at Zamalek coach Hossam Hassan for ‘unfairly …

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Jordan angry at reported cancellation of Egypt friendly

CAIRO: The Jordan Football Association (AFC) is angry after learning through media that Egypt intend to cancel the friendly game between both countries. Widespread reports said the Egyptian FA has decided to call off the friendly, which is scheduled for October 22, although there has been no official confirmation so far. An EFA source, who …

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Zaki suffers injury scare

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki sustained a knee injury during his side’s friendly game against lower division club Shams on Thursday. The Bulldozer was stretchered off the field in the second half after colliding with an opponent. "It was very painful. My knee hurt me after I fell to the ground following the collision," Zaki …

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Shehata advised to contact Mubarak

CAIRO: Egypt coach Hassan Shehata said he was advised to contact President Hosni Mubarak to ask him to stop the flurry of criticism he received in the wake of the Pharaohs’ stunning 1-0 defeat at Niger. The highly-successful coach came under heavy criticism after Egypt suffered a shocking loss to a team that is 145 …

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Egypt skipper hopes to play until 40

CAIRO: Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan, who is nursing a serious knee injury, said he hopes to play until he is 40. The Ahly midfielder ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Egypt’s 1-1 draw at home to Sierra Leone in their opening Group G game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers last month. He faces …

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Egypt played worst game ever, says assistant coach

CAIRO: Egypt’s display in their stunning 1-0 defeat by Niger was their worst one ever, assistant coach Hamada Sedki said on Sunday. The Pharaohs were embarrassed by tiny Niger, ranked 154 in the world, in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers to risk missing out on a place in the biennial competition for the …

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Zamalek’s Emam in fresh transfer request

CAIRO: Zamalek’s double-minded wing-back Hazem Emam has called on the club on Saturday to let him join Saudi Arabian side Al-Faisaly. The talented but temperamental 22-year-old said he lost hopes of breaking into Zamalek’s starting XI under coach Hossam Hassan despite revealing his intention to stay at the club last month. "I initially wanted to …

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CAF to investigate Ahly-Esperance incidents

  CAIRO: CAF’s disciplinary committee will investigate the clashes which marred Ahly’s Champions League clash at home to Tunisia’s Esperance, the African governing body said on Wednesday.   Ahly claimed a 2-1 victory over Esperance at Cairo Stadium in the first leg of the competition’s semi finals but the exciting match was tarnished by some …

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Standard told to up bid for Shikabala

CAIRO: Zamalek have turned down an initial €2.5 million offer from Belgian side Standard Liege to sign forward Shikabala, the club’s chairman Galal Ibrahim said on Wednesday. A Standard delegation sat down with Zamalek officials to discuss a possible deal for the talented 24-year-old, who was also targeted by Belgian giants Anderlecht in the summer. …

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Silence will increase violence, Ahly warn

  CAIRO: Ahly urged the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to start a crackdown on rioters following the crowd trouble which marred their Champions League clash against Esperance.   The Red Devils claimed a 2-1 home victory over Tunisia’s Esperance in the first leg of the Champions League semi finals but the exciting game was …

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Zamalek roar back to beat MCDR

CAIRO: Zamalek staged a superb comeback to atone for their defensive fragilities and defeat promoted MCDR 4-3 in an intriguing Egyptian Premier League game on Saturday. The Cairo giants fell behind to two goals from playmaker Ayman Hefni, who said before the match he hoped to impress to earn an Egypt call-up, and Ayman Kamal. …

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Hodoud exit Confederation Cup after defeat at Sfaxien

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud exited the African Confederation Cup after slumping to a 3-1 defeat at Sfaxien on Saturday to gift the Tunisian side the second Group B semi-final ticket. The Egyptian military side bowed out from the group stage for the third season running. They could not register a single victory in five games, losing …

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No Zamalek role for Emam

CAIRO: Former Zamalek playmaker Hazem Emam said he would not run for a seat in the club’s board of directors in next year’s elections after experiencing a disappointing spell as a board member. The fame of Emam, who retired from professional football in 2008 after becoming a cult figure among Zamalek’s faithful, paved the way …

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Ahly add Hodoud’s Mekki to January targets

CAIRO: Ahly are contemplating making a move for Harras Hodoud striker Ahmed Mekki, the club’s football director Hadi Khashaba said on Thursday. The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new striker as they suffer from the lack of reliable options upfront. They have already completed the signing of Emad Meteb, who rejoined the …

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Zamalek’s Abdul-Wahed fears for Egypt place

CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed hopes to complete a loan move to Masri to retain his place in Egypt’s squad. The 33-year-old lost his regular Zamalek place, which he occupied for nearly a decade, following the close-season arrival of Egypt’s veteran keeper Essam Al-Hadari. Abdul-Wahed is the Pharaohs’ second-choice goalie behind Al-Hadari but he is …

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Ahly postpone contract talks with Fathi and Ashour

CAIRO: Ahly have postponed contract talks with midfield duo Ahmed Fathi and Hossam Ashour until after the CAF Champions League, the club’s football director said on Wednesday. The contracts of versatile midfielder Fathi and defensive midfielder Ashour run out at the end of the season but Ahly do not intend to offer them new deals …

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Zamalek keeper Al-Sayed could join Masri on loan

CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed, a hugely popular figure among the Cairo club’s faithful, has no qualms about joining Masri on loan when the transfer window reopens in January. "Masri chairman called me and expressed his interest in bringing me to the club on loan in January," Al-Sayed told FilGoal.com. "I welcomed that proposal but …

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Egypt skipper Hassan sustains knee injury

CAIRO: Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan is keeping his fingers crossed that the knee injury he sustained against Sierra Leone will not turn out to be a serious one. The Ahly midfielder grimaced in obvious pain after being pushed by an opponent in the second half of Egypt’s surprise 1-1 draw at home to Sierra Leone …

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Meteb finalizes Ahly deal

CAIRO: Emad Meteb has rejoined Ahly on a three-and-a-half year contract after annulling his deal with Belgian side Standard Liege, the Egyptian striker announced on Saturday. "Ahly players and technical staff members were very happy today after I officially returned to the club," Meteb told Modern Kora. "I will join the team’s training within two …

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Zidan to return to Dortmund this weekend

CAIRO: Mohamed Zidan is set to return to Borussia Dortmund this weekend after clearing up confusion over his military status, the German club said. The Egyptian striker was nursing a knee injury in his homeland to resolve problems related to his mandatory military service. "Mohamed Zidan has completed all formalities with the Egyptian military and …

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Sawiris offers €140 million to buy Roma: report

CAIRO: Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris has offered €140 million to buy Italian club AS Roma, daily Il Sole 24 reported on Wednesday. The Italian business newspaper said that Sawiris, the majority owner and executive chairman of Orascom Telecom, is supported by his family in his bid to take over the club. It cited no sources …

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Egypt should learn from past mistakes: EFA chairman

  CAIRO: Egypt should learn from past mistakes before they face Sierra Leone in their opening game of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, Egyptian FA chairman Samir Zaher said on Wednesday.   The Pharaohs are overwhelming favorites to ease past Sierra Leone on Sunday at Cairo stadium but Zaher believes that nothing should …

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Ismaili hearts broken at Heartland

CAIRO: Ismaili, desperately needing a win to boost their hopes of reaching the Champions League semi final, threw away their lead to lose 2-1 at Nigeria’s Heartland on Sunday. The Egyptian coastal side went ahead after 31 minutes, thanks to a goal from skipper Mohamed Hommos. Thank God Ike brought Heartland level shortly before the …

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Toothless Ahly held by 10-man Kabylie

  CAIRO: Egypt’s Ahly failed to make use of their numerical advantage after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Algeria’s 10-man JS Kabylie, who qualified for the African Champions League semi final.   The Red Devils took the lead midway through the first half in front of a sell-out crowd at the 74,100-seat …

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Masri, ENPPI stumble after upsetting Cairo duo

CAIRO: Masri and ENPPI, who caused upsets against Cairo duo Ahly and Zamalek last week, were held to draws by Ittihad and Smouha respectively in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday. Port Said-based club Masri produced a spirited display to draw 1-1 at defending champions Ahly in their previous game but could not overcome Ittihad …

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