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Referee Busacca chosen for Cairo derby

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said that Swiss referee Massimo Busacca will be in charge of Friday’s Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek. EFA spokesman Medhat Shalabi announced on his show on Modern Sport TV that the Egyptian football governing body reached an agreement with the renowned official. Busacca was in charge of last …

Omar AbdelAziz

Compared to Mido and Zaki, Gaafar is brilliant: Emam

CAIRO: Zamalek board member and former long-standing captain Hazem Emam backed under-fire striker Ahmed Gaafar before the Cairo derby against Ahly. Gaafar scored seven times this season but has been struggling to find the net in the last three games. His reactions after missing the goal from a comfortable header during the 2-1 defeat against …

filgoal.com

Hassan plays down derby importance

CAIRO: Ahly midfielder Ahmed Hassan played down the importance of the Cairo derby with Zamalek. The Egypt captain plays his fifth derby in two years since he joined Ahly from Anderlecht and refuses to call the game a title on its own. It s a normal game, like any other league match, Hassan told Ahly …

filgoal.com

Petrojet snatch dramatic win in Asyut

CAIRO: Petrojet denied Asyut Petroleum their second home win of the season after a thrilling 3-2 Egyptian Premier League encounter on Monday. Asyut were two goals up thanks to a double from ex-Petrojet striker Hossam Osama, but the relegation-certainties failed to preserve their lead. Mohamed Koffi pulled one back for Petrojet on 65 minutes, Ahmed …

Omar AbdelAziz

Ahly dealt Fathi blow

CAIRO: Ahly midfielder Ahmed Fathi will be sidelined for four weeks with a groin injury, the league leaders said on Monday. Fathi sustained the injury in Sunday s 1-0 victory over Ittihad, which forced him to limp off after just 14 minutes. The versatile midfielder is ruled out of Friday s Cairo derby against Zamalek …

Omar AbdelAziz

Zamalek's impulsiveness helped us: Hodoud boss

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud took advantage of Zamalek s impulsiveness to register a victory, said coach Tarek Al-Ashri. The Military side beat the White Knights 2-1 in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday. Zamalek are a great team, and their status force them to attack right from the start, he told Egyptian radio. They leave spaces …

Sherif Tarek

Cairo derby was no distraction: Al-Badri

CAIRO: Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badri revealed that he had told his players not to be distracted by Friday s match with Zamalek, ahead their 1-0 win over Ittihad. We needed to keep concentrating on our game with Ittihad, and that s why we never thought about the next match with Zamalek, he stated. However, Al-Badri …

Sherif Tarek

Paperwork puts off Zaki's arrival at Hull

CAIRO: Egypt striker Amr Zaki couldn t fly to England on Monday as scheduled due to unfinished paperwork. The well-built player, who was supposed to participate in Hull City s training session several hours after his initial time of arrival, couldn t catch his flight because he didn t issue a travel clearance. Zaki obtained …

Sherif Tarek

Ittihad assistant blames loss on Gedo absence

CAIRO: Ittihad assistant coach Mohamed Nour blamed his team s 1-0 defeat at Ahly on the absence of Mohamed Nagi Gedo through automatic suspension. Gedo s absence negatively affected our frontline and was one of the main reasons why we lost the game, he told the post-match press conference. He s an integral part of …

Sherif Tarek

Ahly's Fathi doubtful for Cairo derby

CAIRO: Ahly midfielder Ahmed Fathi might miss Friday s Cairo derby against Zamalek after suffering a groin injury in the Red Devils 1-0 win over Ittihad. The Egyptian international was taken off only after 15 minutes in Sunday s game. His injury was first thought to be negligible but Ahly assistant coach Alaa Maihoub says …

Sherif Tarek

Sports Talk: Occupation football

From the first day of its announcement, the friendly soccer match between the Egyptian Olympic team and the Palestinian national team faced opposition from Egypt s politicians, parliamentarians, the press and the public. Playing the Palestinians in Al-Ram, a city near Jerusalem, would have meant, critics cried, a form of normalization with Israel. So loud …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Zamalek want bans eased

CAIRO: Zamalek will file an appeal with the Egyptian FA to have the bans on duo Hazem Emam and Alaa Ali reduced, the club said early on Friday. Wing-back Emam was hit with an eight-match ban for stealing a yellow card from the referee s grasp and throwing it away before being sent off in …

Hatem Maher

Ibrahim Hassan admits malicious intent

CAIRO: Zamalek s de facto football director Ibrahim Hassan admitted that he had every intention to harm Police Union assistant coach Mohamed Ibrahim. The White Knights 1-1 draw with Police on Wednesday was followed by a severe scuffle when some players clashed with each other. Hassan wrecked havoc on the pitch too. While head coach …

Sherif Tarek

Hodoud extend unbeaten run to eight games

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud maintained their revival with a 1-1 draw away to Alexandria neighbors Ittihad in the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday. The visitors took the lead through a goal from midfielder Abdul-Rahman Mohie after 12 minutes. Ittihad s Hussein Fahmi struck home two minutes before the break to help his side secure a share …

Hatem Maher

Draw no big deal, says Ahly coach

CAIRO: There are no problems as long as Ahly are on top of the Egyptian Premier League table, coach Hossam Al-Badri said after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Arab Contractors on Wednesday. The Red Devils four-match winning run came to an end at the hands of Contractors, who took the lead …

Hatem Maher

Fight breaks out in Zamalek-Police clash

CAIRO: Referee Tawfik Al-Sayed blew his final whistle to end Zamalek s 1-1 Egyptian Premier League draw with Police Union on Wednesday and spark a free-for-all on the pitch. Zamalek, who have repeatedly accused referees of favoring opposing teams this season, were infuriated after having several penalty claims turned down by Al-Sayed. The match was …

Hatem Maher

Zamalek make Soliman move

CAIRO: Zamalek have entered the race to sign Ahly-target Walid Soliman from Petrojet, football director Ibrahim Hassan has confirmed. We sent an official enquiry to Petrojet about the possibility of signing Walid Soliman, Hassan told FilGoal.com. We are waiting for their reply. Soliman is a fine player and we believe he could very good addition …

Omar AbdelAziz

Competition committee refuses to postpone Ismaili game

CAIRO: The Egyptian FA competition committee refused Ismaili s request to postpone their league game with Ghazl Mahalla in the Egyptian Premier League. The match is scheduled for Thursday but the Dervishes wanted to put it off in order to have some rest after their trip to Tamponnaise of Reunion Island in the CAF Champions …

Sherif Tarek

I will support Algeria, says Abd-Rabou

CAIRO: Egypt midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou said he will definitely support Algeria in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Algeria, the sole Arab representative in South Africa, reached the big competition at the expense of arch-rivals Egypt following a tense qualifying campaign. However, Abd-Rabou, who plies his trade with UAE s Ahli Dubai, has no …

Omar AbdelAziz

Coach Soliman to remain at Ismaili until season's end

CAIRO: Ismaili coach Emad Soliman will remain at Ismaili until the end of the season despite expressing his desire to leave the club, chairman Nasr Aboul-Hassan said on Sunday. Soliman, under pressure after a poor run of results, told Ismaili s board that he intended to depart following their Champions League round of 32 second-leg …

Hatem Maher

Dortmund sweat on Zidan fitness

CAIRO: Borussia Dortmund are still waiting to know how serious Mohamed Zidan s injury is after the Egyptian striker was substituted during the victory over Werder Bremen. Zidan created Dortmund s second goal in the 2-1 triumph before leaving the pitch in the 68th minute. Zidan s injury hasn t been diagnosed yet, Dortmund manager …

Daily News Egypt

Saied dropped by Zamalek

CAIRO: Hani Saied has been excluded from Zamalek s pre-match camp ahead of Wednesday s clash with Police Union and is almost certain to miss the league game. The manager decided not to include Hani in the pre-match camp and he is likely to be excluded from the match squad as well, Zamalek football director …

Omar AbdelAziz

Ahmed Hassan plays down Lierse link

CAIRO: Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan says the interest from Lierse is yet to be serious, but hasn’t ruled out a move to the Belgian side. Lierse s Egyptian chairman Maged Sami revealed that Hassan is a potential target for the second-division side, who are close to sealing promotion. Maged Sami is a friend of mine …

Omar AbdelAziz

High hopes may turn to dismay for African teams

JOHANNESBURG: With Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Samuel Eto o all playing in the first World Cup to be staged on their own continent, hopes are high that African football will produce its best performance yet. But amid the natural euphoria generated by South Africa hosting the championship, the six African teams will do well …

Daily News Egypt

Zamalek Fan storms training, wants to play

CAIRO: A Zamalek fan stormed a training session on Wednesday and asked coach Hossam Hassan to give him a chance to play with the team. The man, who called himself Ahmed Emad, initially distributed a leaflet among the spectators to voice his desire to play with Zamalek before invading the pitch to confront Hassan. I …

Hatem Maher

Ahmed Hassan unhappy at Zamalek's doping implications

CAIRO: Ahly veteran Ahmed Hassan expressed his dismay at Zamalek s recent implications that some Egyptian league teams use performance-enhancing drugs. Zamalek issued an official request to the Egyptian FA asking for an accurate assessment for doping tests, for the sake of fair competition . The request, launched through football director Ibrahim Hassan, was clearly …

Omar AbdelAziz

Egypt best in Africa, Spain tops world rankings; Portugal, England rise

ZURICH: Egypt is the best African nation in football s latest world rankings released Wednesday at No. 14. Spain retained top spot in FIFA s monthly rankings table, while Portugal and England both improved their positions in the top 10. European champion Spain leads second-place Brazil and the third-place Netherlands, while Portugal is fourth after …

AP

Al-Hadari pulls out of Reunion trip

CAIRO: Ismaili will once again be without Essam Al-Hadari when they face Tamponnaise of Reunion in the CAF Champions League on Sunday. Al-Hadari asked to be dropped because he wants to stay with his family, following the recent fire that caught his apartment, Ismaili director Ihab Galal told FilGoal.com. Al-Hadari s apartment was almost destroyed …

Omar AbdelAziz

Mido leads Hammers players rally around Zola

LONDON: Egypt striker Mido has encouraged beleaguered West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola to stay in his job by insisting that the entire squad have faith in his ability to guide the club to Premier League survival. Six consecutive league defeats have left the Hammers teetering on the edge of the relegation zone and Zola has …

AFP