Omar AbdelAziz

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Eid to leave Hodoud, welcomes Ahly switch

  CAIRO: Egypt and Harras Hodoud winger Ahmed Eid says he has been promised a move to a bigger club by the end of the season, adding that playing for Ahly would be an honor.   The 30-year-old runs out of contract in the summer, with Ahly and Zamalek expected to vie for his signature …

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Ghaddar is Ahly’s only fit striker

CAIRO: Ahly manager Hossam Al-Badri was forced to make a number of significant changes in his team’s squad for Wednesday’s league encounter versus Petrojet, most notably in the frontline. Lebanese striker Mohamed Ghaddar is the champions’ only fit and recognized striker, amid the absence of all other favorable options. Mohamed Fadl, Francis Doe and Osama …

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Zaki back for Egypt against Niger

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki has been recalled by Egypt manager Hassan Shehata for this month’s CAN 2012 qualifier against Niger. Shehata named an 18-man squad for the away fixture, excluding Ahly players who face Esperance in the Champions League semi-final on Sunday. Zaki controversially missed out on Egypt’s opening qualifier against Sierra Leone last …

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Ismaili warning for Wotte

CAIRO: The Ismaili board wants an explanation from manager Mark Wotte on the team’s recent dip in form or else they will ‘take action’. A disappointing home draw with MCDR on Monday preceded by a defeat to lowly Arab Contractors seem to have caused some dismay against the Dutch coach. Above that, the Dervishes were …

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Trika grabs dramatic win for Ahly over Production

CAIRO: Ahly came back from behind to salvage a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Military Production in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday. A late strike from Mohamed Abou-Trika sealed the points for the Reds in an action-packed second half, which saw Mohamed Fadl cancel out Production’s opener by Mohamed Abd-Rabou ‘Felix’. The league holders moved …

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Esperance coach wary of ‘rebuilding’ Ahly

CAIRO: Esperance coach Faouzi Benzarti is hoping to take advantage of Ahly’s stumbling, but warned of his opposition’s quality ahead of the Champions League semi-final. The eagerly-anticipated Arab clash takes place next weekend, with Egyptian champions Ahly looking far from convincing through the group stage. While the Tunisians are enjoying a fine form under Benzarti, …

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Galal Ibrahim appointed Zamalek chairman

CAIRO: Former Zamalek president Galal Ibrahim has been named interim chairman of the club by the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports. Ibrahim will be installed on a temporary basis, until the Cairo club’s next elections on July-September 2011. The veteran consultant had been in charge of Zamalek for four between 1992 and 1996, before …

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Ismaili to sign Heartland striker

CAIRO: Nigerian striker John Owoeri will join Ismaili from Heartland in January, Dervishes chairman Nassr Aboul-Hassan confirmed. "We reached a three-year contract agreement with Owoeri. He will join us in January," Aboul-Hassan said. The Ismaili chairman refused to reveal any further details of the deal though. Owoeri, 23, joined Heartland from Nigerian champions Enyimba in …

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Geddo set to miss Esperance clash

CAIRO: Ahly striker Geddo will be sidelined for at least two weeks and is set to miss next month’s Champions League semi-final with Esperance due to a knee injury. The Egypt forward limped off the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Ismaili and a scan on Monday revealed a knee ligament sprain. "He has a …

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Bruce delighted with ‘different’ Elmohamady

  CAIRO: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce seems more than satisfied with the progress of Ahmed Elmohamady as he expects the Egypt wing-back to further develop his game.   "He is something different to what we have got. He has got 30 caps for his country and Egypt are ninth in the world," said Bruce. "He …

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Al-Badri hopes to avoid Tunisian clash

CAIRO: Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badri prefers to face CAF Champions League holders TP Mazembe in the semis, rather than clashing with Tunisia’s Esperance. Four teams have booked their place in the last four, with Ahly securing second place in Group B behind assured leaders JS Kabylie. But it is still tight in the other group …

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Zamalek players unfazed by board turmoil

CAIRO: Zamalek trio Hani Saied, Mahmoud Fathallah and Hassan Mostafa reflected the squad’s cool reaction to the recent unrest concerning the club’s board. The Zamalek board, led by Mamdouh Abbas, is set to be sacked after former chairman Mortada Mansour won his appeal against the legitimacy of the club’s previous elections. However, the White Knights, …

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Elmohamady fit to face Arsenal

CAIRO: Ahmed Elmohamady is ready to feature in Sunderland’s next Premier League clash against Arsenal after shaking off a minor knock. The Egypt international was taken off after just 32 minute in the Black Cats’ 1-1 draw at Wigan last week, shortly before a challenge by an opposition. But Sunderland said on their official site …

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Ahly to rest five against Ismaili

CAIRO: Ahly manager Hossam Al-Badri is set to rest five booked players in next week’s Champions League visit to Ismaili after securing a place in the semi-finals, the club said. Mohamed Abou-Trika, Mohamed Fadl, Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad and goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami are all one booking away from suspension. It means that reserve keeper Ahmed …

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May God help my players: Hassan

CAIRO: Zamalek boss Hossam Hassan has once again held the team players responsible for Monday’s disappointing home draw with Gouna. Hassan blasted his men after last month’s defeat at ENPPI and was obviously left livid by the Whites’ performance against lowly Gouna. "The players? May God help them!" said the Egypt legend in a brief …

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Ahly name three targets for January

CAIRO: Ahly marketing director Adli Al-Qaeyi named three candidates to join the Egyptian champions in the winter break. Even though they are set to retrieve the services of Egypt striker Emad Meteb in January, Ahly are willing to make another addition to their attacking department. "There are three possible targets for January; Sierra Leone forward …

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Elmohamady taken off early as Sunderland draw

CAIRO: Ahmed Elmohamady played no more than 33 minutes as a 10-man Sunderland side held on to grab a 1-1 draw at Wigan. Egypt full-back Elmohamady made his fourth straight Premier League start, but had to make way for Christian Riveros, 12 minutes after Lee Cattermole was sent off. Elmohamady went down to a challenge …

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Egypt striker Mekki reveals Stuttgart interest

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud and Egypt striker Ahmed Mekki urges his club to allow him to talk with Stuttgart over a transfer in the winter break. "I will talk to the board about an offer from Stuttgart," the 24-year-old FilGoal.com. "I hope they let me go. A move like this will give Hodoud huge financial benefits. …

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Zamalek’s Yasser denies going AWOL

CAIRO: Zamalek forward Hussein Yasser denied skipping training without permission, but still hopes for an improved contract from the Cairo club. The Qatar forward, who is currently on international duty, missed a couple of training sessions last week to incur the wrath of football director Ibrahim Hassan. Moreover, his personal advisor Hesham Hassan revealed that …

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Ahly look into Sayoud’s excuse

CAIRO: Ahly starlet Amir Sayoud cited military services as an excuse behind his failure to report back on time from a short vacation in his homeland Algeria. A club sanction was imminent for the 20-year-old playmaker, even so Ahly are set to look into his justification. "He says he has a problem with the military, …

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Samir heading back to Zamalek

CAIRO: Ahmed Samir will re-join his former club Zamalek in the winter break after ending a two-year spell with Lierse. "Samir is on his way to Zamalek after we had agreed terms with his agent," Zamalek football director Ibrahim Hassan said. "He is one of the sons of the club and now he has returned. …

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Ismaili star to work harder after Egypt snub

CAIRO: Ismaili in-form winger Ahmed Samir Farag vows to work harder in order to regain his place in Egypt’s squad. The 24-year-old was again dropped by Hassan Shehata for the upcoming 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, but reacted calmly to the manager’s decision. "I respect the manager’s decision not to include. …

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Fathi staying with Ahly for now

CAIRO: Ahmed Fathi will not be leaving Ahly before the winter break, amid interest from an English Premier League club. The Egypt defender was linked with a return to England this summer, with reports suggesting that West Ham are in for him. However, FilGoal.com understands that the limited time before the August transfer deadline prompted …

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Elmohamady needs time: Bruce

CAIRO: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce admitted that rushing Ahmed Elmohamady into action might have been unfair to the Egypt wing-back. Following an impressive Premier League debut against Birmingham, Elmohamady started again in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom, before being replaced on 66 minutes. While keeping the faith in his summer recruits, Bruce believes that …

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Ahly sweating over Ashour

CAIRO: Ahly are anxious over the fitness of midfielder Hossam Ashour who sustained a knee injury in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Masri. The in-form midfielder had to be replaced by Shehab Ahmed at half time as Ahly await the results of a scan on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is a major doubt for the Egyptian champions’ …

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Hassan slams spiritless Zamalek players

CAIRO: Zamalek manager Hossam Hassan cited lack of spirit as the main reason behind his side’s surprise defeat at ENPPI on Monday. The Whites were undone 3-1 by the petroleum side, who came back from behind to register the first-ever victory over their Cairo rivals. Hassan admitted his players were out of sorts, but indicated …

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ENPPI aiming for league title after Zamalek win

CAIRO: ENPPI’s ambitions for the current season are sky high, according to assistant manager Mahmoud Saleh. The petroleum side came back from behind to stun Zamalek 3-1 on Monday and climb to third place in the Egyptian league table. While the victory has marked their first-ever triumph over the Whites, ENPPI coach Saleh believes it …

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Ahly chairman calls for calm ahead of Kabylie clash

CAIRO: Ahly chairman Hassan Hamdi urged supporters to keep their calm ahead of next week’s eagerly-anticipated Champions League clash with JS Kabylie. A stern contest is expected to take place at Cairo Stadium on Sunday, but fears of a fiery atmosphere off the pitch are increasing following the Algerians’ ill-tempered victory last week. Apart from …

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Ahly midfielder glad to stay

CAIRO: Ahly midfielder Moataz Eno revealed a loan offer from Libya’s Ittihad but was happy to have it rejected by the Egyptian champions. The 25-year-old is considered an outsider in Ahly’s star-studded midfield as he was surprised to learn that his services are still needed by manager Hossam Al-Badri. "The manager refused to let me …

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