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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-10 07:28:00
Governor of Gharbia, General Ahmed Daif Saqr, announced that the alma mater of Egyptian football player Muhammad Salah, Basyoun Industrial Secondary School, will be re-named after the athlete as a tribute. In addition to Industrial, General Sakr informed the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education in Gharbia, Ayed al-Shenawy, that two more schools in Basyoun and Mahalla cities would be re-named immediately after Egypt qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cub in Russia. Thousands of people all over Gharbia celebrated the win against the Congolese football team 2-1, on Sunday, qualifying Egypt for the World Cup. President Sisi received the players and the coaching team this morning in the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace and rewarded each player of the national football team LE1.5 million. The seven-time continental champions and 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations runner-ups have only made it to the World Cup finals twice, both games hosted by Italy, the first time being in 1934 and the second in 1990. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-09 06:48:56
Mohamed Salah proved Egypt's hero, scoring twice including a last-gasp penalty to send the Pharaohs to their first World Cup finals since 1990 following a 2-1 home win over Congo in a dramatic and nerve-jangling clash on Sunday. More than 80,000 supporters at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab erupted into ecstasy when Salah broke the deadlock three minutes past the hour mark as Egypt looked close to realizing a long-held dream, having made the last of their two World Cup appearances 27 years ago in Italy. However, the atmosphere was subdued and many fans shed tears when Congo's Arnold Bouka equalized with a half-volley after a defensive lapse with three minutes remaining. With the clock ticking down in stoppage time and a victory desperately required, Salah invoked memories of Emad Meteb's famous last-gasp header against Algeria in 2009 when he sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after substitute Mahmoud Trezeguet was hauled down in the area. After years of underachievement on the international level, Egypt were finally given something to cheer about after reaching next year's Russia finals with one match to spare in Group E. They remained on top of the group with 12 points, gaining an unassailable four-point lead over Uganda. They face Ghana next month in a meaningless match in Kumasi. The sell-out crowd in Alexandria remained glued to their seats following the final whistle, watching joyous scenes on the pitch as Salah was engulfed by ecstatic teammates. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-08 08:15:08
It has never been that close for World Cup-hungry Egypt to qualify for football's most prestigious showpiece. The Pharaohs lost in two playoffs in the qualifying campaigns of the previous two editions but Russia 2018 comes calling this year after Ghana played out a 0-0 draw at Uganda in a controversial match on Saturday where several decisive refereeing decisions went against the Black Stars. The stalemate means Egypt will book a World Cup spot for the first time in almost three decades with one match to spare in Group E if they beat Congo in Alexandria on Sunday. Egypt lead the group with nine points and should they overcome Congo, they will gain an unassailable four-point lead over nearest challengers Uganda before facing Ghana away from home in the final round next month. Many stars of the current Egypt side were not even born when the national team made the last of their two World Cup appearances in 1990 in Italy. Since then, there have been some near-misses and heartbreaking stories for the seven-time African champions, including a controversial decision to replay a qualifier against Zimbabwe in 1993 and a couple of costly missed chances in front of an open goal in the 2002 qualifiers. Egypt also looked on the brink of ending their barren run in 2009 and 2013, only to lose to Algeria and Ghana in two playoffs respectively. The latter loss was particularly painful, with Egypt suffering a humiliating 7-3 aggregate defeat by a mighty Ghana side. The bold tactics of then coach Bob Bradley was mainly blamed by fans for the fiasco but his successor, Argentinean boss Hector Cuper, is much more cautious. The former Inter Milan and Valencia coach sometimes comes under fire for what many deem his overly-defensive strategies but his game plans have also proved effective to a large extent, with Egypt reaching the African Nations Cup final early this year, only to lose to Cameroon in the final. Fans often make jokes over Egypt and Cuper's repeated stumbles at the last hurdle, with the veteran coach losing two successive Champions League finals while at Valencia and the Italian Serie A on the final day of the season while at Inter Milan, but it's the perfect time for both to lay their ghosts to rest. "The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism. Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced," Cuper said ahead of the Congo match. Egypt are expected to be roared on by over 70,000 supporters at the country's biggest stadium - Borg El-Arab venue in Alexandria They are firm favourites to down a Congo side who have only gained one point in four matches from a surprise draw away to Ghana. "Congo is a good team combining players with great individual skill, but we are ready for the game," Cuper confidently said. "We have studied Congo well. We will be focusing on their weak points." Egypt will have to do without key playmaker Abdallah El-Said, who often combines well with Liverpool's in-form forward Mohamed Salah to unlock opposing backlines, due to injury. He is likely to be replaced by Ahly's Saleh Gomaa. Defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour and winger Mostafa Fathi, who usually play bit-part roles, were also ruled out of the game because of injuries. There was also an injury scare for Saudi Arabia-based winger Mahmoud Kahraba but he has been declared fit to play. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-07 07:56:20
Thanks to Ghana’s 5-1 victory over the Red Devils of Congo we have moved to third on the league table and will be in with a chance on the last day if we can win against Uganda in Kampala. Here are the current standings for Group E after four games played:  Egypt: 9 points Uganda: 7 points Ghana: 5 points Congo: 1 point “The odds are definitely in favor of Egypt, yet this does not confirm a World Cup berth just yet.” More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-05 07:55:54
Nigeria, Egypt, and Tunisia could all book their spots at next year's World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend, but the other two slots will only be decided next month. A home victory over Zambia- a side they beat away at the start of the group phase- will be enough to see Nigeria return to the finals after reaching the second round in Brazil in 2014. Last month's convincing 4-0 win over Cameroon, inspired by the return of Victor Moses to the team, saw them eliminate the reigning African champions and establish a three-point advantage, with two games to play, at the head of Group B. "We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position," captain John Obi Mikel said in the build-up to the match in Uyo. Zambia's young side upset Algeria away in their last game to stay in the race and give themselves hopes of an unlikely turnaround, after picking up a solitary point from their opening two matches. Egypt play on Sunday against Congo in Alexandria in a match expected to produce a routine win and which follows 24 hours after their two rivals in Group E - Uganda and Ghana -- go head-to-head in Kampala. Uganda are two points behind Egypt and Ghana four points adrift of the group leaders, as they face missing out on the World Cup after appearing at the last three finals. For Egypt, World Cup qualification has been something of a Holy Grail since their last appearance at the tournament in Italy in 1990 with several heart-breaking failures since. Injuries to key players have ratcheted up the pressure as coach Hector Cuper told a press conference in Cairo at the start of the week. "The challenge is stressful, of course, I'm taking hypertension medicine because of it. "Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I've faced," he said. Tunisia's three-point advantage over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A has also put them in a strong position to qualify although both countries play away on Saturday in their penultimate ties. Tunisia are away in Guinea while the Congolese take on Libya. In Group C, the Ivory Coast have a narrow one point advantage over Morocco, but have a tough match in Mali on Friday. Morocco host Gabon, who have Pierre-Emerick Auabemyang back, on Saturday. In Group D, all four teams are still in with a chance as the Cape Verde Islands host Senegal and Burkina Faso are away in Johannesburg to take on South Africa. Only the five group winners advance to next year's World Cup finals. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-04 06:32:59
Egypt's foreign-based players joined up with the national team in Alexandria on Tuesday as the Pharaohs gear up for an anticipated World Cup qualifier at home to Congo next week. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Ramadan Sobhi and Ahmed Hegazi - who all play in the elite English Premier League - joined a training camp held in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where Sunday's clash against Congo will take place at the Borg El-Arab Stadium. Egypt, leaders of Group E with nine points from four matches, will reach the World Cup for the first time in almost three decades with one match to spare if they beat bottom side Congo and Uganda (seven points in second) fail to overcome Ghana at home. The Pharaohs made the last of their two World Cup appearances in 1990 in Italy. "The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism. Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced," Egypt coach Hector Cuper told a news conference on Monday. Egypt will miss defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour, regular playmaker Abdallah El-Said and Saudi-based winger Mahmoud Kahraba, who have all picked up injuries ahead of the Congo tie. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-03 08:28:16
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has spoken about the stress he is facing in seeking to take the national team to the World Cup, particularly in the face of ongoing criticism of his decisions. The Argentinean coach made the comments on Monday during a press conference to lay out preparations for the much-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo, taking place at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday. "The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism. Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced," the 61-year-old tactician revealed. However, despite the pressure, Cuper said he is confident that Egypt is well prepared for the upcoming clash with Congo. The Pharaohs have kicked off a training camp in Cairo, with the squad completed by the joining of Ahly players, after playing their first leg of the African Champions League away is Sousse Sunday losing 2-1 to Etoile du Sahel. "Congo is a good team combining players with great individual skill, but we are ready for the game," Cuper confidently stated. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-02 07:25:54
Egypt's Al-Ahly managed to score away from home but eventually lost 2-1 at Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel in the CAF Champions League semi-final first leg in Sousse on Sunday. The hosts took the lead through midfielder Alaya Brigui in the 16th minute, before substitute Saleh Gomaa managed to equalize with his first kick of the game six minutes after the hour mark. Etoile, however, were able to score again in the 73rd minute through another midfielder in Mohamed Amine Ben Amor to emerge winners from the first leg. Ahly, who overcame another Tunisians in Esperance with a 4-3 aggregate win in the last-eight, came into the game missing the services of midfield pillar Hossam Ashour due to injury. The eight-time African champions host Etoile after three weeks at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium. The game started with high tempo, with Etoile pouring forward as they pressed in advanced positions and unreservedly pushed their full-backs forward. The Tunisians had the upper hand in the center of the park, as Ahly's midfield pair Amr El-Sulaya and Hesham Mohamed looked unable to cope with their opposite numbers. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-10-01 06:03:21
Egypt's Ahly are brimming with confidence and enjoying a psychological edge over African Champions League semi-final opponents Etoile du Sahel as they continue their quest for a record-extending ninth trophy in Sousse on Sunday. Ahly play Etoile away from home in the first leg of the semi-final clash almost a week after they came from a goal down to earn a famous 2-1 victory over another Tunisian side, Esperance, in Rades. The precious comeback win, thanks to goals from Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul and Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi, lifted Ahly to the last four with a 4-3 aggregate win after a 2-2 first-leg draw in Alexandria had made their task difficult. The Red Devils are in a buoyant mood going into the anticipated clash in Sousse, with their fans speaking of a psychological edge over Tunisian opponents. They fondly recall a memorable Champions League triumph in 2006 when a last-gasp volley from iconic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika broke the hearts of Sfaxien and gave Ahly the coveted trophy in dramatic fashion. However, the Red Devils are not as prolific as they used to be back then. Their defence and goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy have not been convincing lately and their forwards are not firing on all cylinders. Etoile qualified for the final with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Libya's Ahli Tripoli following a 0-0 first-leg draw, with Egyptian striker Amr Marei notching a brace after a rare start. The summer recruit from Egypt's Enppi is expected to start against Ahly. "The match against Etoile will be even stronger than our match against Esperance because of the morale boost our opponents got from their win over Ahli Tripoli," Ahly's chairman Mahmoud Taher, who is likely to seek re-election against the team's footballing great Mahmoud El-Khatib in November, said on the club's official website. "The atmosphere will also be more exciting because of Etoile's huge popularity in Sousse. "But Ahly's players and technical staff members are all focused on overcoming Etoile and winning the trophy to take part in the Club World Cup." Ahly and Etoile met in the Champions League final in 2005 and 2007. The Cairo giants prevailed with comprehensive 3-0 aggregate win in 2005 but Etoile had the upper hand two years later, securing a 3-1 victory in Cairo after the first leg ended goalless. Ahly may miss influential defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour after he hurt his knee in a training session before the match. Playmaker Ahmed El-Sheikh, back from a loan spell with Maqassa, is also a major doubt because of a back complaint. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2017-09-24 10:43:04
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has hailed the perfect start of the club's newcomer Mohamed Salah, insisting that Egyptian's participation in the full pre-season programme made the difference. “Mo has played better than anyone could have imagined,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the club's official website on Saturday. “He’s a very good player, one we were convinced about. That’s why we did it," the coach added. Since making a switch from AS Roma to Liverpool this summer, the former Chelsea and Fiorentina winger made a quick impact, scoring five goals in his first eight matches with Liverpool in all competitions. “You could see in the first game at Watford, it was quite difficult for him at the beginning. It was really physical and maybe a few people had doubts and thought it would be difficult for him," Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund coach, explained. “But now he’s much more stable. When he was at Chelsea, he was only a kid there. Now he’s much more mature, his style of play and also physically. Everything is better. “I’m not surprised but you should not take things like this for granted as sometimes new players need time," the 50-year old tactician added. The Pharaohs star, Salah, was lucky to enjoy a full pre-season program with his new teammates and Klopp is certain the 25-year-old has profited from having the opportunity to adapt with Liverpool’s style during that period. “He had a whole pre-season, which changed everything so it’s not settling in a minute, which people now probably expect from [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain],” added Klopp. “Mo had a pre-season, good sessions, bad sessions, good games, less good games, so it’s all good," he concluded. After five weeks of the English Premier League new season, Liverpool lie at the eighth place in the league table with eight points, five behind leaders Manchester City. More»