Sports – Daily News Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:28:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Egypt garners international attention thanks to Messi’s visit  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/22/616040/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/22/616040/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:06:05 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=616040 Several international Spanish and English newspapers and websites focused on Messi’s visit to Egypt

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On Tuesday, Argentinean football star Lionel Messi paid a visit to Egypt to promote the “Tour n’ Cure” campaign.

Prime Pharma is the company which organised the campaign, which primarily aims to motivate patients of Hepatitis C worldwide to consider treatment in Egypt.

After arriving in Egypt, Messi headed to the Pyramids, which he toured in the afternoon. Furthermore, a photo shoot for the campaign took place there.

After his visit there, he went to launch the campaign at the Mena House Hotel, where several prestigious figures attended.

On Wednesday, international newspapers and news websites focused on the news, including the “Daily Mail”, which wrote about the visit under the title “Lionel Messi takes a break from Barcelona troubles with trip to Egypt.”

The Daily Mail explained that the football star is supporting a campaign that aims to fight Hepatitis C, as well as promoting tourism to Egypt. The country offers efficient and relatively cheap treatment of the virus.

In addition to English newspapers and websites, Spanish ones also focused on the visit, including “La Vanguardia” and “El Mundo Deportivo.”

It seems that the presence of Messi achieved its goals, as Egypt managed to portray itself as a safe country. It was also promoted as a country that is efficiently able to treat patients with Hepatitis C.

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Egypt acquires first place in 2017 Egypt Open International Taekwondo Championship  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/22/615985/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/22/615985/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:39:04 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615985 Four gold medals, two silver, and seven bronze for Egypt at the tournament

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Egyptian taekwondo team placed first in the 2017 Egypt International Open Taekwondo Championship, which concluded its events at the beginning of this week.

At the championship—which included 24 countries—Ivory Coast, Italy, and Tunisia’s national teams acquired second, third, and fourth places, respectively.

Egyptians Moaz Nabil, Seif Eissa, and Mohamed Ayman, won gold in the men’s competitions of U54kg, U74kg, and +87kg, respectively.

Also at the men’s competitions of U63kg, U87kg, and +87Kg, Egypt’s Youssef Aly, Abdelrahman Elgohary, and Mohanad Magdy, won bronze, respectively.

Speaking about the females’ competitions, Egypt’s Nour Hussein won the U49kg competition.

Egypt also won two silvers, thanks to Radwa Reda (U53kg) and Maisoun Ehab (U73Kg).

Another four Egyptian female players who stood out were Rowan Ashraf, Rawan Refaei, Seham Ibrahim, and Seham El Sawalhy. The four players snatched bronze at the competitions of U53Kg, U62Kg, U73Kg, and U67Kg, respectively.

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Messi visits Egypt to promote Hepatitis C treatment http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/messi-visits-egypt-promote-hepatitis-c-treatment/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/messi-visits-egypt-promote-hepatitis-c-treatment/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:15:16 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615942 The visit finally took place on Tuesday, after it was delayed twice 

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Argentinean football star Lionel Messi, a player for FC Barcelona and the Argentinean national football team, visited Egypt on Tuesday to promote treatment for Hepatitis C.

Supported by the Egyptian ministries of tourism and aviation, Prime Pharma started a campaign titled “Tour n’ Cure” to promote tourism treatment in Egypt, with Messi being chosen as ambassador for the campaign worldwide.

His visit to Egypt was supposed to occur in December, but was postponed after the deadly bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, which took place on 11 December.

The visit was then scheduled to take place on 15 February, but was again postponed a day before the expected visit—after FC Barcelona lost to Paris SG 4-0 in the 2017 Champions League.

Finally, the visit took place on 21 February, which started with Messi touring the Pyramids, where he had a photo session to promote the campaign.

Afterwards, the football star headed to the Mena House Hotel, from where he launched the campaign.

During the event, an auction for a Messi T-shirt took place, in order to raise funds for treating a number of Egyptian patients who suffer from Hepatitis C.

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Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj claims his third PSA title  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/615918/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/615918/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:55:18 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615918 Champion of the 2016 IMET Squash Open, Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj, won the 2017 Cronimet Squash Open, which took place in Skelleftea, Sweden. This is the third Professional Squash Association (PSA) title for the Jordanian champion. Al-Sarraj, who was preliminarily ranked sixth in the Cronimet’s tournament, started his journey with a win over England’s James Peach …

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Champion of the 2016 IMET Squash Open, Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj, won the 2017 Cronimet Squash Open, which took place in Skelleftea, Sweden.

This is the third Professional Squash Association (PSA) title for the Jordanian champion.

Al-Sarraj, who was preliminarily ranked sixth in the Cronimet’s tournament, started his journey with a win over England’s James Peach 3-2 in the first round.

Although the fist round’s match started with Peach winning the first two games 10-12 and 4-11, Al-Sarraj turned the table by winning the following three games 11-7, 11-7, and 11-4, respectively.

The Jordanian champion surprised the audience after he beat England’s Joe Green—preliminarily ranked first in the championship—by 3-1 (11-4/13-11/11-13/11-7).

After he defeated France’s Auguste Dussourd—preliminarily ranked third in the championship—by 3-2 (4-11/11-6/11-6/5-11/13-11) in the semifinals, he was qualified for the final, where he met Scotland’s Dougie Kempsell.

The Scottish player—preliminarily ranked second in the championship—won the final’s first game 6-11. Al-Sarraj claimed revenge though, winning the second game 11-3. Kempsell did not lose hope and won the third game 13-11. Al-Sarraj, however, ended this battle victorious, winning the last two games 11-8 and 11-5. The final ended with a 3-2 in the favour of the Jordanian champion.

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Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim claims his first PSA title http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/20/egypts-youssef-ibrahim-claims-first-psa-title/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/20/egypts-youssef-ibrahim-claims-first-psa-title/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:42:54 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615855 After winning the 2017 Squash Open D’Italia, Egyptian champion Youssef Ibrahim won his first Professional Squash Association (PSA) title. He beat France’s Victor Crouin—seeded eighth in the championship—in the first round; Spain’s Bernat Jaume— seeded second—in the quarterfinals; and England’s Patrick Rooney—seeded third—in the semifinals. The big surprise was the Pharaoh defeating France’s Baptiste Masotti, …

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After winning the 2017 Squash Open D’Italia, Egyptian champion Youssef Ibrahim won his first Professional Squash Association (PSA) title.

He beat France’s Victor Crouin—seeded eighth in the championship—in the first round; Spain’s Bernat Jaume— seeded second—in the quarterfinals; and England’s Patrick Rooney—seeded third—in the semifinals.

The big surprise was the Pharaoh defeating France’s Baptiste Masotti, as the French player was seeded first in the championship.

Youssef snatched victory in the final after defeating his rival 3-1 (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8).

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Egypt’s Mohamed Hamza wins bronze at the U20 Fencing World Cup http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/18/egypts-mohamed-hamza-wins-bronze-u20-fencing-world-cup/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/18/egypts-mohamed-hamza-wins-bronze-u20-fencing-world-cup/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:16:31 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615719 Mohamed Hamza ended in third place in foil fencing

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The Italian city of Udine celebrated the Fencing World Cup for juniors under 20 years, which ended on Friday.

Egypt’s Mohamed Hamza won the tournament’s bronze medal. Gold and silver medals went to Russians Kirill Borodachev and Iskander Akhmetov respectively.

Hamza defeated Romanian Silvio Rosso 15/6 in the round of 64. He won Spain’s Roger Garcia Alzorriz in the round of 32 15/6. In the round of 16, he defeated Argentina’s Augusto Antonio Servello 15/8.

The Egyptian champion continued his victorious streak at the quarterfinals, defeating his Russian rival, Gregory Siminiok, 15/12.

At the semifinals, he lost to Borodachev by only one point: 15/14.

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Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim qualifies for the semifinals of Squash Open D’Italia  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/18/615717/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/18/615717/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:37:08 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615717 Egypt's Mohamed Saeid and Jordan's Ahmed Al-Sarraj exited the tournament in the first round, while Egypt's Youssef Ibrahim qualified for the semifinals

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Two Egyptian squash players, Youssef Ibrahim and Mohamed Saied, represented Egypt in the 2017 Squash Open D’Italia.

Saeid exited the tournament after losing the first round’s match to France’s Baptiste Masotti by a score of 3-0. Masotti won the first two games 11-2 and 11-5. The Egyptian champion performed better in the third game, however he was beaten 12-10.

His fellow countryman, Ibrahim, on the other hand, only lost one game in the championship until now.

Ibrahim won against France’s Victor Crouin 3-0 (11-4/11-4/12-10). He managed to qualify for the semifinals after he won against Spain’s Bernat Jaume 3-2.

The quarterfinal match saw a strong start between both rivals. Jaume won the first game 12-10. The second game ended 11-8 to Ibrahim. The Spanish champion did not lose hope, and won the third game 11-9. After a great competition, the Pharaoh ended the match to his favour, winning the fourth and fifth games 14-12 and 15-13 respectively.

This evening, the Egyptian player will meet England’s Patrick Rooney in the semifinals.

Ahmed Al-Sarraj, representing Jordan, left the tournament after losing to England’s Nick Mulvey 3-0 (11-7/11-1/11-6).

 

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Pharaonic city’s 2017 African Continental Cycling Championship http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/16/pharaonic-citys-2017-african-continental-cycling-championship/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/16/pharaonic-citys-2017-african-continental-cycling-championship/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:20:31 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615637 Hosted by Luxor, the championship will take place between 13 and 19 February

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More than 20 countries are participating in the 2017 African Continental Cycling Championship, taking place in the Egyptian tourist city of Luxor between 13 and 19 February.

The championship’s opening ceremony, which took place in the city’s Karnak Temple Complex, saw the attendance of several key figures, including Mohamed Sayed Badr, Luxor’s governor; Waguih Azzam, president of the Egyptian Cycling Federation and the African Cycling Confederation; Mohamed Al-Helw, on behalf of the Egyptian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs; and the head of the foreign delegations competing in the tournament.

Al-Helw said that Egypt has all the factors that enable it to host such prestigious events, including luxurious hotels, special tourist sites, magnificent beaches, an enjoyable all-year-round climate, and an infrastructure for all kind of sports.

This tournament comes among the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs’ plan to attract tourism via sports.

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After FC Barcelona lost to Paris SG, Messi postpones visit to Egypt   http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/15/615594/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/15/615594/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:02:52 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615594 Argentinean football star Lionel Messi, playing for FC Barcelona, postponed his visit to Egypy which should have taken place Wednesday morning, according to Prime Pharma’s press office. Prime Pharma’s press office added that the visit will take place soon, and a press release will be issued to notify about it. On Tuesday, a day before …

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Argentinean football star Lionel Messi, playing for FC Barcelona, postponed his visit to Egypy which should have taken place Wednesday morning, according to Prime Pharma’s press office.

Prime Pharma’s press office added that the visit will take place soon, and a press release will be issued to notify about it.

On Tuesday, a day before the expected visit, FC Barcelona lost to Paris SG 4-0, at the 2017 Champions League. As a result, Messi delayed his visit to Egypt.

Prime Pharma started a campaign titled “Tour and Cure,” to promote tourism in Egypt. The campaign is supported by the Egyptian Ministries of Tourism and Aviation.

As Messi is a popular and beloved sports figure worldwide, Prime Pharma chose him as a main pillar for the campaign. His visit aimed at promoting the fight against hepatitis C in Egypt.

This visit gained its importance as it is considered the first real and practical step for the private sector towards refreshing tourism in the country.

To welcome the footballer, huge and prestigious preparations were made, all of which were suspended and to be resumed when Messi is set to arrive to Egypt.

Famous figures, such as Amr Adeeb, a renowned TV presenter, highly promoted for this visit, knowing how big Messi’s fan base in Egypt is.

 

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Messi visits Egypt to fight Hepatitis C  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/14/615477/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/14/615477/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:16:49 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615477 In an effort to promote Hepatitis C treatment tourism, the Argentinean football player Lionel Messi arrives in Egypt on Wednesday. Attempting to refresh tourism in Egypt, the Egyptian government started a campaign in June to make Egypt a destination for patients from Europe and Asia to cure Hepatitis C at cheap prices. This campaign is …

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In an effort to promote Hepatitis C treatment tourism, the Argentinean football player Lionel Messi arrives in Egypt on Wednesday.

Attempting to refresh tourism in Egypt, the Egyptian government started a campaign in June to make Egypt a destination for patients from Europe and Asia to cure Hepatitis C at cheap prices.

This campaign is supported by the Egyptian ministries of tourism and aviation. The visit was supposed to take place in December, but was postponed after the deadly bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, which took place on 11 December.

Prime Pharma is the company which organised the campaign of Tour and Cure. The campaign primarily aims to motivate patients of Hepatitis C worldwide to receive treatment in Egypt.

Tamer Wagih, Prima Pharma’s chairperson, said in a previous statement that the campaign targets 120,000 tourists from the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, Malaysia, and Turkey to receive treatment of Hepatitis C in Egypt.

In the statement, the company declared Hepatitis C treatment in Europe costs around €100,000; however, according to the programme of the campaign, the treatment will not exceed €4900 in Egypt.

In a previous report, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Egypt was declared one of the best countries in treating patients with the Hepatitis C virus. It was also stated that the price of a three-month treatment has dropped from $900 to $200 in 2014.

This is not the first time that football stars have supported tourism in Egypt, as Egypt received Carles Puyol the previous year, when he came to demonstrate that Egypt is safe.

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2017 witnesses breaking historic football jinxes http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/14/615432/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/14/615432/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:51:27 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615432 Egypt defeats Morocco, Cameroon beats the Pharaohs, and Zamalek finally wins Super Cup

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In January and February, a series of sensational football records were broken, ending non-winning streaks for some football teams.

In January, the Egyptian national team qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon, while Zamalek SC won the local Super Cup.

A lot of numbers and records were broken during the last 42 days.

Daily News Egypt shed light on the most prominent events and games, which can be called “breaking the jinx.”

Egypt ends 15-year jinx against Tunisia

The Egyptian national team beat its Tunisian counterpart 1-0 in a friendly match held in early January at the Cairo International Stadium, in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations. It was the first win of the Pharaohs on the Carthage Eagles since 2002, when Zamalek midfielder Hazem Emam scored against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations held in Mali. Egypt managed to end the non-winning streak against Tunisia, which lasted for 15 years, during which Tunisia beat Egypt in four games.

Egypt breaks 31-year jinx against Morocco

Egypt achieved a historic victory over Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations’ quarter-final in Gabon, thanks to Mahmoud Kahraba’s late goal at Port Gentil Stadium, which broke a long non-winning streak against the Atlas Lions since 1986, when Al-Ahly midfielder Taher Abu Zeid scored against them in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

Cameroon ends 15-year jinx against Egypt

Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations title for the fifth time in its history after beating the Egyptian national team 2-1 in the final match held at the Friendship Stadium in Libreville, Gabon. The dramatic win ended a non-winning streak that lasted for 15 years against Egypt, since Patrick Mboma scored the winning goal against the Pharaohs in the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations 2002 held in Mali. During the last 15 years, the Lions team was beaten by Egypt in four consecutive games.

Zamalek beats Al-Ahly in Super Cup for the first time

Zamalek SC won the local Super Cup for the third time in its history at the expense of its rival Al-Ahly 3-1 in a penalty shootout. The Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi witnessed the first Super Cup title for the White Knights against the Red Devils in the history of the tournament. Cairo giants met in four Super Cup games since it was launched in 2001, and Al-Ahly managed to win them all.

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The draw of the 2017 Basketball World Cup http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/11/celebrating-draw-2017-basketball-world-cup/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/11/celebrating-draw-2017-basketball-world-cup/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:07:15 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615246 Egypt placed in the second group with Germany, Puerto Rico, and Lithuania

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In the presence of the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Khaled Abdel Aziz, and the president of the Egyptian Basketball Federation, Magdy Abou Farikha, the draw of the 2017 Basketball World Cup for players under 19 years took place on Saturday in Mohamed Ali’s palace, Cairo.

The tournament will take place from 1 to 9 July, at the Cairo International Stadium, with the participation of 16 countries: Egypt, Angola, Mali, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Iran, Japan, Korea, France, Lithuania, Italy, Germany, Spain, and New Zealand.

The draw placed Egypt in the second group, along with Germany, Puerto Rico, and Lithuania.

New Zealand, Korea, France, and Brazil are in the first group.

The third group includes Canada, Japan, Spain, and Mali, and the fourth includes Iran, Angola, Italy, and the USA.

Photos  courtesy  of Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs

 

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Zamalek beats Al-Ahly in Super Cup for the first time  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/11/615231/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/11/615231/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:11:30 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615231 Gennesh leads his team to victory

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Zamalek SC heartened its fans after it defeated its rival Al-Ahly 3-1 on penalties in the Egyptian Super Cup, which was held at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi.

Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Abdel Rahim, known as Gennesh, led his team to winning the Super Cup title for the third time and delivered happiness to all the fans of the White Knights, marking a new beginning in its historic struggle with its rival Al-Ahly.

The victory means more than just the title, as it was leading the club to break some records of Al-Ahly, putting an end to many of its historical records.

Zamalek head coach Mohamed Helmy has eliminated his personal complex with Al-Ahly head coach Hossam Al-Badri, who succeeded in defeating him in the previous two matches. The first was in 2010 when Helmy was head coach of Mansoura and Al-Badri was the head coach of the Red Devils. At the time, Al-Ahly beat Mansoura 2-1. The second time was in December 2016, when Al-Ahly beat Zamalek 2-0 in the Egyptian league.

Moreover, it was the first victory achieved by Helmy over Al-Ahly throughout his coaching career with different clubs. There has been a big complex for Zamalek fans ahead of the Friday match.

Zamalek is probably delighted over winning its third Super Cup trophy at the expense of nemesis Al-Ahly, the record winners with nine titles under their belt, including four after victories over the White Knights in 2003, 2008, 2014, and 2015.

The winning series of Al-Ahly started in 2003, as the Red Devils beat Zamalek 3-2 in penalties. In 2008, Al-Ahly defeated Zamalek 2-0—with goals by midfielders Moataz Eno and Ahmed Hassan. The third win was in 2014, when Al-Ahly beat Zamalek 5-4, again in penalties. The last Super Cup trophy won by Al Ahly was in 2015, when it defeated Zamalek 3-2, with a goal by Abdullah Saied and two goals by Momen Zakaria for Al-Ahly, while Omar Gaber and Mahmoud Kahraba scored Zamalek’s two goals.

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Al-Ahly Squash Open concludes its events on Wednesday http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/10/al-ahly-squash-open-concludes-events-wednesday/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/10/al-ahly-squash-open-concludes-events-wednesday/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615162 Tournament's celebration held in presence of remarkable figures in the squash world

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Al-Ahly Squash Open, which started on 3 February, concluded its events on Wednesday.  What made this tournament special is the large number of players participating in it: a total of 354.

On Wednesday 8 February, Al-Ahly Sporting Club celebrated the closing ceremony in the presence of Assem Khalifa, president of the Egyptian Squash Association; Karim Abdel Gawad, ranked second internationally and most recent squash champion; and Nour El-Sherbini, ranked first internationally and most recent female squash champion.

In this occasion, Abdel Gawad said, “I am so happy to be present here, in the place where I was playing ten years ago,” expressing his satisfaction about the development of squash courts made by the club.

The following table represents the players who won the first places of the tournament:

 

 

Women Open

Dina Farid Al-Ahly Club
Salma Hany Smouha Club
Sana Mahmoud Al-Shams Club
Latifa Mohamed Al-Shams Club
 

Men Open

Ahmed Hassan Al-Ahly Club
Eslam Adel Heliopolis  Club
Hashem Samir Gezira Club
Abdel Fattah Yehia Maadi Club
 

BU11

 

Adam Khaled Al-Aiouby Shooting Club, Kattamia
Omar Ibrahim Assal Al-Ahly Club
Adham Roshdy Smouha Club
Aly Tarek Lotfy Shooting Club
 

GU11

 

Omnia Orfy Gezira Club
Jana Galal El-Soufy Sporting Club
Karma Ayman Allam Sporting Club
Jana Raed Aboul Ela Shooting Club, Kattamia
 

BU13

 

Youssef Roshdy Smouha Club
Adam Ashraf Fouad Shooting Club
Abdallah Amr Al-Ahly Club
Omar Mohamed Mabrouk Smouha Club
 

GU13

Kanzy Ayman Saber Al-Ahly Club
Lili Sherif Smouha Club
Ayten Sherif Ghanem Tanta Club
Sohaila Amr Hossam Heliopolis Club
 

BU15

 

Salah Al-Torgoman Al-Ahly Club
Omar Ashraf Al-Ahly Club
Youssef Tamer Sherif Al-Ahly Club
Mostafa Ahmed Sporting Club
 

GU15

Haya Mohamed Aly Shooting Club, 6th October
Menatallah Waleed Smouha Club
Habiba Magdy Al-Ahly Club
Mayar Mohamed Smouha Club
 

BU17

Mostafa El-Sereity Shooting Club, 6th October
Seif Ramy Al-Shams Club
Abdelrahman Lashin Al-Ahly Club
Omar AShraf Adly Maadi Club

 

 

GU17

Habiba Hossam Al-Ahly
Nour Khaled Wadi Degla Club
Nour Ramy Mahmoud Al-Shams Club
Malak El-Kanadily Shooting Club, 6th October
 

BU19

Marwan Tarek Shooting Club
Mohamed Tamer Wadi Degla Club
Ahmed El-Mashad Tanta Club
Ahmed Abdel Fattah Al-Ahly Club
 

GU19

Engy Hamouda Al-Shams Club
Farida Mohamed Ahmed Sporting Club
Gilan Al-Gabas Wadi Degla Club
Bireen Tarek Al-Shams Club

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With games against the league’s bottom two sides and the Champions League looming Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund may take their eyes off the ball. Roger Schmidt won’t, his job looks under threat once again.Schmidt under the spotlight

Roger Schmidt has been the Bayer Leverkusen coach for just shy of 1000 days and it feels like his job has been on the line for about half of them. But there’s now an increasingly strong sense that a failure to beat high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday may mean the end of his reign. “It is clear to all of us that pressure is increasing,” Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler told German newspaper ‘Bild’. “We are convinced it can still work.” A home loss on Saturday, when they’ll be without suspended Hakan Calhanoglu, combined with a Dortmund, would leave Schmidt’s men 13 points off fourth – and a lot closer to the relegation spots. That pressure might finally tell.

Bayern and Dortmund’s eyes may be on a different prize

Ahead of the return of the Champions League, Germany’s main two hopes in Europe couldn’t have asked for much kinder fixtures. Dortmund travel to bottom club Darmstadt while Bayern are away to Ingolsdtadt, who sit just a place higher. While Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel will no doubt suggest there are no easy games, they’ll surely both be tempted to keep their key men fresh and firing for the trip to Benfica on Tuesday (Dortmund) and visit of Arsenal on Wednesday (Bayern). It’s especially critical with Dortmund’s ever-lengthening injury list and gruelling cup game and the advanced age of some of Bayern’s superstars. If the big guns do make changes or lose focus, Darmstadt and Ingolstadt might fancy their chances of capitalizing. Both are fighting for their lives.

Leipzig looking to bounce back

Leipzig’s wings were clipped last time out at Dortmund but, with Bayern chugging ominously along they can’t afford to give up any further ground. While they are still exceeding expectations, RB have lost three of their last six in the league. They’ve recovered from their last two losses with comfortable wins but while this is far from a crisis, it’s certainly a wobble. For much of the season, Hamburg would’ve been the most accommodating of visitors but Markus Gisdol’s men have discovered some resilience of late, winning four of their last seven.

Schalke need to show some consistency

The Markus Weinzierl era was supposed to usher in a more stable period for Schalke. While it’s still early in the new coach’s tenure, the Royal Blues have been as impossible to predict as ever this season. A horrendous start was followed by a strong showing in October and November and another disappointing spell before the midseason break. Weinzierl’s men impressed in taking a point from the Allianz Arena last weekend but it will count for little unless they can start winning games – they have just six league wins so far. Their visitors on Saturday are Hertha Berlin, excatly the sort of team Schalke should be competing with but one that are notoriously difficult to break down. Expectations have become more realistic at the Veltins Arena of late but it shouldn’t be forgotten that they finished fifth last season. Must do better.

Freiburg look to strengthen fortress

Many a promoted side has relied on their home form to keep them afloat and Freiburg are the Bundesliga’s latest converts to that method. Fans at the intimate and atmospheric Schwarzwald Stadium have seen six Bundesliga wins this term. While they’ve been in the shade of fellow new boys RB Leipzig for most of the season, Freiburg have a well-established style, exciting attacking talent in the shape of Maximilian Philipp and Vincenzo Grifo and an effective plan B with supersub Nils Petersen. Cologne visit in Sunday’s late game and Freiburg may well expect to seal on of the four wins they’re likely to need to ensure safety.

Bundesliga Matchday 20

Friday

Mainz vs. Augsburg (20:30 CET)

Saturday

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (15:30 CET)

Ingolstadt vs. Bayern Munich

Werder Bremen vs. Gladbach

Darmstadt vs. Dortmund

RB Leipzig vs. Hamburg

Schalke vs. Hertha Berlin (18:30 CET)

Sunday

Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim (15:30 CET)

Freiburg vs. Cologne (17:30 CET)

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German Cup: Sportfreunde Lotte earn Dortmund home tie, Schalke head to Bayern http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/09/german-cup-sportfreunde-lotte-earn-dortmund-home-tie-schalke-head-to-bayern/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/09/german-cup-sportfreunde-lotte-earn-dortmund-home-tie-schalke-head-to-bayern/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:23:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614999 The post German Cup: Sportfreunde Lotte earn Dortmund home tie, Schalke head to Bayern appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Lotte, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, will welcome Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the German Cup. Meanwhile, Schalke will head to Bayern Munich, while Hamburg host Borussia Mönchengladbach.Sportfreunde Lotte have been rewarded for their third successive upset in the German Cup with a money-spinning home tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Ismail Atalan’s side beat Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen before knocking out 1860 Munich with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.

The German Cup fairytale will continue for the third division side, who lie seventh in the table, having put all their focus into progression in the domestic cup tournament.

The arrival of Borussia Dortmund, who beat Hertha Berlin on penalties, will likely be a financially sound clash for Lotte who play at the 10,000-capacity Frimo Stadion.

Elsewhere, Schalke will head to Bayern Munich in the last eight after picking up a 1-1 draw in the corresponding Bundesliga fixture on Saturday.

Bayern, who won their 18th German Cup against Borussia Dortmund in May, sneaked through with a narrow 1-0 win over Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hamburg will host Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, while 2.Bundesliga Arminia Bielefeld will take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.

The matches will be played on February 28 and March 1, 2017.

The full list of quarterfinal fixtures:

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arminia Bielefeld

Sportfreunde Lotte vs. Borussia Dortmund

FC Bayern vs. Schalke

Hamburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

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German Cup: Lotte, Dortmund ; Frankfurt through, Schalke crush Sandhausen http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/08/german-cup-lotte-dortmund-frankfurt-through-schalke-crush-sandhausen/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/08/german-cup-lotte-dortmund-frankfurt-through-schalke-crush-sandhausen/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:28:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=615009 The post German Cup: Lotte, Dortmund ; Frankfurt through, Schalke crush Sandhausen appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Third tier Lotte scored twice to knock out 1860, while Schalke turned on the style away to Sandhausen. Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin on penalties and Eintracht Frankfurt edged out Hannover in a dramatic finale.Lotte 2-0 1860 Munich
(Lindner 28, Freiberger 58′)

Third tier Lotte scored a goal in each half as they eased to a comfortable win over second tier 1860.

Jaroslaw Lindner opened the scoring from a tight angle, lashing a venomous shot into the roof of the net after 1860 keeper Stefan Ortega parried the ball to his right.

1860 battled for a route back into the game but their hopes of drawing level were extinguished when Kevin Freiberger beat the offside trap and poked the ball around Ortega and stroked into the empty net.

The visitors’ misery was complete when Ribamar was sent off in the last minute for a mindless foul.

Hannover 96 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Harnik 57′ – Tawatha 62′, Seferovic 66′)

Hannover’s Salif Sane missed a 96th minute penalty as Frankfurt reached the last eight in a dramatic finale.

Martin Harnik seized on some uncertain Frankfurt defending to open the scoring, poking the ball under Lucas Hradecky.

But Frankfurt responded five minutes later through Taleb Tawatha’s header from Timothy Chandler’s cross. Only four minutes after that frankfurt had the lead, with Seferovic pouncing on a poor defensive header and slotting the ball home.

Hannover had the chance to force extra time when they were awarded a penalty deep into injury time, but Sane’s poor penalty was saved by Hradecky.

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin (Dortmund won 3-2 on pens)
(Reus 47′ – Kalou 27′)

Salomon Kalou missed the crucial penalty as Borussia Dortmund edged out Hertha Berlin on penalties.

Kalou had put Hertha ahead with a fine volley in front of the Südtribüne, stretching to deftly direct Niklas Stark’s cross into the net.

Hertha took their lead into the break, but Thomas Tuchel’s side responded two minutes after the restart, with Marco Reus steering the ball in after Ousmane Dembele’s initial effort had come back off the post.

With the game in the final minutes of extra time, Dortmund’s Sokratis was sent off for dissent just ahead of the shootout, which was clinched when Kalou sent his penalty high over the bar.

Sandhausen 1-4 Schalke
(Wooten 65′ – Schöpf 38′, Caligiuri 43′, Naldo 45′, Konoplyanka 71′)

Schalke turned on the style as they swept second tier Sandhausen aside.

Alessandro Schöpf’s scrappy strike from close range opened the floodgates, with Daniel Caligiuri doubling Schalke’s lead with a well struck shot and Naldo making it three with a header in first half stoppage time.

Sandhausen gave themselves a lifeline midway through the second half through Andrew Wooten, but Yevheniy Konoplyanka completed the rout with Schalke’s fourth.

Wednesday’s action as it happened:

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Zahed Mohamed, Karim Abdel Gawad, and Zeina Mickawy stand in February’s championships http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/08/zahed-mohamed-karim-abdel-gawad-zeina-mickawy-stand-februarys-championships/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/08/zahed-mohamed-karim-abdel-gawad-zeina-mickawy-stand-februarys-championships/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:08:28 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614926 Zahed Mohamed won the Pittsburgh Open, while Karim Abdel Gawad and Zeina Mickawy were the runner-ups of the Swedish Open and the Winnipeg Open respectively. 

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Three international squash championships were celebrated from 2-5 February, where three Egyptian champions managed to reach the finals. These champions were Zahed Mohamed, Karim Abdel Gawad, and Zeina Mickawy.

At the UCS Swedish Open’s final Abdel Gawad, matched up with France’s Gregory Gaultier. The French champion won by 3-1 (7-11/11-3/11-0/11-8).

This is the third UCS Swedish title for Gaultier, ranked third internationally and seeded second in the championship. He previously won this tournament in 2012 and 2013.

Expressing his happiness, he commented, “I am really happy to come here and support the event. I first came here when I was 18 years old, and now I am 34. I was here for the first occasion, so I am really faithful to the tournament, and I will keep being faithful as the tournament keeps going.”

Abdel Gawad, ranked second internationally, seeded first in the tournament, winner of the 2016 World Squash Championship, and winner of the 2016 UCS Swedish Open, said, “I have had a very tough season and very tough last six or seven tournaments,” adding that “Greg was the better player throughout the match, so all credit to him.”

The Egyptian champion is preparing for two important upcoming championships, which are in Chicago and the British Open. He commented on this, saying, “Chicago is very close for now, so hopefully I will be able to reach another final and play as well as I have been playing for the last few tournaments.”

Moving to the second tournament, it was the 2017 Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open. Zahed Mohamed reached the final, where he met Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen. The Pharaoh won the championship, defeating his Malaysian rival by 3-1 (12-10/11-9/7-11/11-7).

This is the fourth Professional Squash Association title for Mohamed. On his Instagram account, Mohamed said he was really happy to win his fourth title and the first in 2017, which he fought hard for.

The Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open took place in Canada. Its final was between Zeina Mickawy and Canada’s Samantha Cornett. The Canadian player was the tournament’s champion, thanks to winning the final by 3-1 (12-10/11-7/3-11/11-7).

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German Cup: Bayern, Gladbach, Hamburg and Arminia Bielefeld reach the last eight http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/german-cup-bayern-gladbach-hamburg-and-arminia-bielefeld-reach-the-last-eight/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/german-cup-bayern-gladbach-hamburg-and-arminia-bielefeld-reach-the-last-eight/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:41:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614856 The post German Cup: Bayern, Gladbach, Hamburg and Arminia Bielefeld reach the last eight appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Hamburg saw off Cologne and Arminia Bielefeld came through a tense penalty shootout in the German Cup on Tuesday night. They were joined in the last eight by Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach.Hamburg 2-0 Cologne
(Jung 5′, Wood 76′)

Hamburg scored a goal in each half to dump Cologne out of the German Cup and reach the last eight.

Gideon Jung gave the three-time champions a dream start with a close-range finish inside five minutes, and Cologne never recovered.

Hamburg, liberated from their Bundesliga struggles in the Cup, doubled their lead 14 minutes from the end through Bobby Wood, whose low finish nestled in the bottom corner.

Astoria Walldorf 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld (Bielefeld won 5-4 on pens)
(Carl 78′- Schütz 52′)

Arminia Bielefeld sneaked into the quarter-finals with a penalty shootout victory over fourth-tier Astoria Walldorf.

Bielefeld took the lead through Tom Schütz and seemed on course for a slender victory, but Marcel Carl’s opportunistic header for Walldorf leveled the tie and forced extra time.

Walldorf held on through extra time to force a shootout, but Nicolai Gross and Jonas Kiermeier missed their penalties, allowing Arminia’s Stephan Salger to score the winning penalty to send the second-tier side through.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Wolfsburg
(Costa 17′)

Douglas Costa’s deflected first-half shot gave defending champions Bayern a narrow 1-0 win over a dogged Wolfsburg side.

Carlo Ancelotti fielded a strong side, but left Thomas Müller on the bench. Bayern were rewarded early on when Costa’s strike from the edge of the box clipped off Luiz Gustavo, wrong footing Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Wolfsburg held firm throughout the contest and limited Bayern to a few half chances, but rarely threatened Manuel Neuer’s goal and Bayern came through as they look to defend their crown.

Greuther Fürth 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
(Wendt 12′, Hazard pen 42′)

Gladbach scored two first half goals to sink Greuther Fürth, who saw Adam Pinter sent off after 18 minutes.

Gladbach’s Oscar Wendt low finish put Gladbach 1-0 up inside 12 minutes before Pinter’s dismissal for a rash studs up challenge on Christoph Kramer.

Greuther Fürth rediscovered some composure after a nightmare start, but Gladbach eased into a 2-0 lead through Thorgan Hazard’s penalty shortly before half time.

Gladbach were rarely tested and will be in the draw for the last eight.

As it happened:

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A year out from 2018 Winter Olympics, everything is in place but the people http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/a-year-out-from-2018-winter-olympics-everything-is-in-place-but-the-people/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/a-year-out-from-2018-winter-olympics-everything-is-in-place-but-the-people/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:37:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614860 The post A year out from 2018 Winter Olympics, everything is in place but the people appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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A year out from the 2018 Winter Olympics and everything in Pyeongchang seems under control. Stadiums are built, tickets are ready and events are decided but not everyone in South Korea is convinced it’ll all go smoothly.Whatever weird or wonderful display serves as an opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games on February 9 next year, in a welcome change to the chaos that preceeded Rio’s Summer Olympics, everything will be ready.

In fact, according to a report by news agency AFP on Tuesday, almost all of the 12 venues that will host events – including the new disciplines of big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speedskating and alpine team skiing – now require only the lightest of finishing touches.

The one exception is a new ski slope for the downhill events – none of the existing resorts have high enough mountains to provide the vertical drop required -but even that is 85 percent finished.

Moving away from traditional fan base

Pyeongchang will be the third East Asian city to host the winter Games after Japanese cities Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998). It won the right to host the event after being overlooked for 2010 and 2014.

There have been fears that taking the Games out of its North American and European heartlands will lessen interest. And it’s a potential problem acknowledged by the authorities.

“It’s a fundamental issue,” IOC Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said.

“We must sell these Games, and the challenge today – and we have spoken openly about this with the Pyeongchang organisers – is to engage this effort both at the Korean level and internationally,” he said.

‘No excitement or buzz’

Reports from north-eastern city suggest that its people are happy and proud to host the Games but, according to the ‘Chosun Ilbo’ newspaper, there’s “no excitement or buzz around the Games.”

Currently there is little evidence in the city that such a large international event will soon be arriving. That’s in stark contrast to 2022 host China, where billboards already line roads around the venues.

But organizers have been at pains to assure concerned fans that they will soon be marketing the event much more aggressively.

“From February 9th we will have promotions and we will expedite promotional activities around the nation and all around the world,” said Lee Hee-Beom, president and CEO of the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG).

Ticket trouble

Those that do decide to attend can expect to have to dig deep for tickets to the major events, with seats at the opening ceremony and the men’s ice hockey final retailing at 1,500,000 Korean won (1225 euro), though tickets in some of the less popular events will drop to about 20,000 won (16 euro).

If Pyeongchang organizers are relying on the supposed newly-discovered Chinese enthusiasm for winter sports, things aren’t exactly going their way.

Chinese tourism to South Korea has dropped by between 30 and 50 percent after Beijing became infuriated by their neighbour’s planned deployment of US missile defence system, THAAD, in response to nuclear-armed North Korea’s atomic tests and rocket launches.

If the South Korean government opts to proceed with THAAD, the numbers are expected to drop even further.

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El-Gouna International Squash Open, Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship to be held in El-Gouna http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/614794/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/614794/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:20:49 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614794 El-Gouna Squash Open is one of the seven biggest international squash tournaments

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El-Gouna International Squash Open, Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship to be held in El-Gouna1 El-Gouna International Squash Open, Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship to be held in El-Gouna2 Samih Sawiris El-Gouna International Squash Open, Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship to be held in El-Gouna4 El-Gouna International Squash Open, Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship to be held in El-Gouna5 Naguib Sawirs

Amr Mansi, CEO of I-Events and and the man behind El-Gouna International Squash Open, held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the launch of the sixth edition of the El-Gouna tournament and the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship. The prize money for each championship was set at $150,000 and $165,000 respectively.

El-Gouna Squash Open is one of the seven biggest international squash tournaments, according to its prize money and the points on which international players are ranked.

This is the third time for Egypt to host the Women’s World Championship, the first time for I-Events to organise it, and for El Gouna Egypt to host it. Both championships will start on 5 April and end on the 14th of the same month.

The participants in the game are the top 56 squash players from 20 countries, including Egypt, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, New Zealand, Kuwait, Malta, Italy, and Spain.

Among a notable media coverage, several figures from the world of sports, business, and tourism attended, including head of the Egyptian Tourism Authority, Hisham El-Demery; founder and chairperson of Orascom Development Holding, Naguib Sawiris; executive chairperson and CEO Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding, Sameh Sawiris; and head of the Egyptian Squash Association, Assem Khalifa; the most recent world squash champion ranked second internationally, Karim Abdel Gawad; and the most recent world squash female champion ranked first internationally, Nour El-Sherbini.

The importance of this conference lies in Mansi’s belief in the importance of the media to promote squash, promote the fact that Egyptian champions are dominating the sport, and fix Egypt’s image abroad to develop tourism. In this regard, he was grateful that the tournament generates more and more media attention every time it is celebrated.

Both tournaments this year have partnered with Nogoum FM and Nile FM. Their media sponsor is Sports and Fitness Magazine, and their co-sponsors are the Daily News Egypt and Al-Borsa newspapers. Both championships will be aired internationally on more than 30 television channels, including BeIN Sports and Euro Sports.

Confirming the importance of the tournaments for the tourism sector in Egypt, El-Demery pointed out that “our support for both championships comes from our strong belief in their ability to aid in the development of tourism,” adding that “every event related to El-Gouna’s name positively affects tourism.”

For his part, the head of the Egyptian Squash Association believes Egypt has a lot to offer the world of squash. “It is not something new for Egypt to reign in the field of squash as Egyptian players have achieved many international titles, such as Mohamed El-Shorbagy and Nour El-Sherbini last year,” Khalifa said. “The association fully supports the competitions by providing all the facilities needed for each Egyptian player in order to excel in the tournaments.”

 

Photos by Asmaa Gamal

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Grindel: Germany needs ‘fundamental debate’ on football violence http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/grindel-germany-needs-fundamental-debate-on-football-violence/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/07/grindel-germany-needs-fundamental-debate-on-football-violence/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:20:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614676 The post Grindel: Germany needs ‘fundamental debate’ on football violence appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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After the shocking attacks on RB Leipzig fans in Dortmund on Saturday, German FA chief Reinhard Grindel has called for an urgent change to Germany’s football culture. Grindel wants to see an “uprising of the decent.”A number of Leipzig fans and four police officers were injured when Dortmund supporters pelted visiting fans with stones and cans ahead of the clash between the teams.

Reports from the ground confirmed that there were even children among those targeted, while a number of offensive banners were unfurled in the stands at Signal Iduna Park.

For Grindel, enough is enough:

“In view of the violent riots and the massive threat to families and children outside the stadium, as well as the contemptuous banners in the stands, words of indignation are not enough,” reads his statement on the German FA website.

“It’s important now to have a fundamental debate resulting in a joint stance against any form of physical or psychological violence. We need an uprising of the decent in the stands, and a dissociation with violence. And we need public prosecutors to prosecute the perpetrators and ensure that they are given sentences quickly and (that are) commensurate to their actions.”

As well as the censure they’ve received from authorities, politicians and fans of other clubs, Dortmund could also face sanctions from the DFB as a result of the banners.

Other German clubs have also come out in condemnation of the violence and its impact can already be seen at local rivals Schalke. Regional police took the unusual step of calling a press conference more than a week before Schalke’s Europa League tie with Greek side PAOK, citing the violence in Dortmund – as well as violent clashes between the sides in 2013 – as reason for the caution.

Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke has been vocal in his criticisms of RB Leipzig – controversially backed by Red Bull – in the past but condemned the behaviour of his club’s fans on Monday.

“We will do everything in our power to stamp this out once and for all,” said Watzke, while also promising to find those responsible.

mp/jh (DPA/SID)

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AFCON 2017 Review: Cameroon fairytale makes up for disappointments http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/afcon-2017-review-cameroon-fairytale-makes-up-for-disappointments/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/afcon-2017-review-cameroon-fairytale-makes-up-for-disappointments/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:13:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614621 The post AFCON 2017 Review: Cameroon fairytale makes up for disappointments appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The African Nations Cup was plagued by low scoring, the usual empty seats and apathy among the people of host nation Gabon. But on the field, Cameroon’s surprise success gave us a wonderful narrative yet again.Almost all African Nations Cups follow the same pattern. Organizational difficulties at first, some political opposition and a lot of dull matches. But what makes the tournament special is that most editions produce a fairytale or heart wrenching story on the field.

Think unfancied Burkina Faso reaching the final in 2013 and, most notably, Zambia winning their first title a year earlier here in Gabon, less than a generation after almost their whole team had been killed in a plane crash in the very same country.

This year’s fable obviously belonged to winners Cameroon, a team judged to be one of the worst in the country’s history before the tournament in Gabon began in mid January.

The Indomitable Lions seemed to be suffering from an apparent lack of star quality in their ranks. The days of reaching the 1990 World Cup last eight with Roger Milla or winning their fourth continental title in 2002 thanks to the golden generation of Samuel Eto’o, Patrick M’Boma and the late Marc-Vivien Foe looked long gone.

Matters were made worse by eight players, including Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and former Schalke teammate Joel Matip, refusing call-ups to the tournament and preferring to concentrate on club football.

The situation was a mess, with Belgian coach Hugo Broos heavily criticized in Cameroonian media. There was a further twist, with an all too familiar tale of a bonus row between the players, staff and the federation.

Cameroon bonded

But in typical Nations Cup style, the opposite of what was expected happened. Cameroon bonded.

“We are still not on the highest level. We need to be much better, but it’s already a great beginning,” remarked tough taskmaster Broos after their unexpected triumph.

The journey began as they edged out hosts Gabon and their Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the group stage and then defeated fancied Senegal in the quarter finals, 21-year-old goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa adding to his burgeoning reputation by saving the crucial spotkick.

The tournament was suddenly opening up with holders Ivory Coast also suffering a shock and exiting in the group phase.

“There were a lot of surprises because at first some teams were eliminated who were favorites like Ivory Coast, Senegal and even Gabon. We believed that Gabon could win this tournament at home but they had a preparation which was not so good and they were punished for that,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, whose side did not qualify, told DW.

“We never had a big score like 3-0 or 4-0. The games have been interesting to see.”

Cameroon thoroughly deserved to beat Ghana 2-0 in the semis but the final looked an altogether more difficult challenge.

Record seven-times champions Egypt had lumbered through, with three 1-0 wins in a row in the group and last eight. Their defensive style of play under storied coach Hector Cuper was never easy on the eye, especially in the semifinal win over unlucky Burkina Faso on penalties, but it was highly effective.

In 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary they had their own version of Cameroon’s fairytale. He was not included in the starting lineup for the opening group game, apparently robbing him of the chance to break the record as the oldest player to ever play in the tournament. But only 25 minutes in against Mali, first choice Ahmed El Shenawy collided with the post and El Hadary came on to great acclaim.

Remarkable comeback

He kept Egypt going with key saves in the tournament, most notably stopping two consecutive Burkina Faso spotkicks to turn the semi the Pharaohs’ way.

But he could do nothing to stop Cameroon’s remarkable comeback in the final, fighting back from 1-0 down at half-time through substitutes Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar. The 88th minute winner from Aboubakar was a stunning individual goal – arguably the greatest ever in Nations Cup finals.

Off the field, things did not go quite as swimmingly. Venues were again empty or half full for much of the tournament with the Gabonese seemingly weary over hosting the tournament again after just five years.

The country’s opposition party also called for a boycott of the tournament after disputed elections in August won narrowly by President Ali Bongo sparked violence. The opposition believes money was wasted on the Nations Cup and should have been spent on hospitals and schools.

Little love for Auba

The Gabonese people’s love for supposed favorite son Aubameyang was also little in evidence. There were plenty of Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and even Bayern Munich shirts among the population, but Dortmund Aubameyang jerseys were nowhere to be seen.

Despite some local apathy, Confederation of African Football (CAF) Secretary-General Hicham al-Amrani told DW the governing body was satisfied with the 2017 edition.

“I think we had a beautiful tournament. We had some issues, of course, in terms of organizational issues that happen from time to time – specifically, we regretted the quality of one venue in particular over the four,” he said.

“But we are pretty happy about the investment and work done by the local organizing committee, about the quality of the matches and the goals scored.”

CAF will be even happier with a classic final, after so many disappointing showpieces in this tournament down the years.

Cameroon, we salute you.

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Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has admitted that the German champions are struggling to play the brand of football they want to under Carlo Ancelotti. Bayern face Wolfsburg in the German Cup tomorrow.The Bavarians were held at home by Schalke on Saturday but extended their lead at the top of the table to four points after RB Leipzig’s loss.

Despite their league position and seven points from nine since the return from the winter break, Ancelotti’s side have faced their fair share of criticism from both the media and fans.

And ahead of Tuesday’s game, which sees the previous two winners of the German Cup clash at Allianz Arena, Germany’s number 1 admitted that some of that talk is justified.

“Things that have always been our trademarks like pace and accurate passing aren’t working the way we’d like at the moment,” he said.

Neuer’s feelings were echoed by Philipp Lahm, who said “it’s clear we want to play better football.”

Lahm, who made his 500th competitive appearance for Bayern when he came off the bench against Schalke, said the team needed to improve against Wolfsburg and with a Champions League last 16 tie with Arsenal just around the corner.

“There’s nothing at all wrong at the moment, but the players have to be aware that we can’t play the way we did in the last three matches over the next few weeks,” the club’s skipper said.

Wolfsburg, who beat Bayern on penalties in the 2015 final, have somewhat deeper problems. Valerien Ismael’s side are just three points clear of the relegation play off spot and lost to Cologne at the weekend.

But Ismael is a believer in the old adage that the form book goes out the window in Cup games. “The Cup has it’s own laws,” he said on Monday. “We are going into the game confidently and will look to take our chance.”

mp (DPA/Reuters)

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German Cup: What to watch out for in the last 16 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/german-cup-what-to-watch-out-for-in-the-last-16/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/german-cup-what-to-watch-out-for-in-the-last-16/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:12:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614625 The post German Cup: What to watch out for in the last 16 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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For Dortmund it’s a question of priorities but some of the Bundesliga’s sleeping giants will welcome their sole shot at glory. And can Lotte upset the odds again? Here’s what to look out for in this week’s cup games.Can Lotte hit the jackpot again?

The last 16 of the German Cup features seven teams from outside the top flight but there’s no doubt that Sportfreunde Lotte are the darlings of this season’s competition. The tiny club from Germany’s north-west were in the regional leagues until last year but have already seen off Bundesliga heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen. The 10,000 capacity Frimo Stadion is sure to be rocking once again on Wednesday for the visit of 2nd division 1860 Munich. The Bavarians, who made a high profile appointment earlier in the week, have struggled for consistency this term and lost again at the weekend. A division may divide the teams but there are only 11 places between them in the league pyramid. The home side will fancy their chances of making the last eight.

Who will Tuchel pick?

A win over a Leipzig and suddenly things are looking up again at Dortmund. Their inconsistency in the Bundesliga means Thomas Tuchel’s side can all but write off the title for another year and also means the Champions League seems an unlikely goal. Which leaves the German Cup. BVB squeaked through in the last round, requiring penalties to see off Union Berlin. In that match, Tuchel fielded a side peppered with fringe players and almost paid the price. Making the same move against Union’s city rivals Hertha would be a bold move. Pal Dardai’s side are solid and fit and the Hungarian coach has said he’s looking to take the match in to extra time. Tuchel must balance his desire for fresh first teamers with the hunger for silverware. Contrary to the normal thought process, perhaps the Bundesliga game against doomed Darmstadt on Saturday is a better opportunity to rest players ahead of the resumption of the Champions League, against Benfica, on February 14.

Will struggling mid-table trio take it seriously?

The same questions of priority apply to a host of the Bundesliga’s mid-table sides. Schalke may have their own European adventure but they – along with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg – must see the German Cup as their only chance of glory in seasons that have been various shades of underwhelming. Wolfsburg have a daunting task when they visit Bayern Munich on Tuesday but Schalke (away to Sandhausen on Wednesday) and Gladbach (away to Greuther Fürth on Tuesday) will both expect to progress. This underachieving trio all finished in the Bundesliga’s top 8 last term, they all look relatively safe from relegation (though Wolfsburg must still look over their shoulders) and Europe seems a long shot. A cup exit and many fans will feel their season is over before the end of February.

Can Hannover prove their Bundesliga credentials?

Two of last season’s underachievers meet in Hannover on Wednesday and both have turned their form around. Hannover were wretched in finishing bottom of the Bundesliga last term but have bounced back to top Bundesliga 2, while Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt are third in the top tier after surviving in the relegation play off last time round. For Hannover this is a chance to prove they belong back at the table while the Eagles will want to maintain their momentum as the business end of the season approaches.

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President Al-Sisi receives Egyptian football team upon its arrival from Gabon http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/614557/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/614557/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:03:45 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614557 Despite Egypt's loss to Cameroon in the 2017 AFCON, streets were crowded with people after the match; supporting, cheering for the Egyptian team

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received the Egyptian national football team, upon their arrival from Gabon, at the Cairo International airport.

The Egyptian team had participated in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), where it ranked second. The final result of the match was 1-2 in favour of Cameroon, after Egypt had already acquired a 1-0 lead.

On this occasion, President Al-Sisi expressed his high appreciation of the Egyptian team for their prestigious performance in the final of the 31st edition of the AFCON.

“Despite of the final’s result, the Egyptian team managed to gain appreciation and respect, both from Egyptians and football fans worldwide,” stated Al-Sisi.

During his meeting with the national team, Al-Sisi had a side-talk with the team’s manager, Héctor Cúper, thanking him for his efforts and supporting him to achieve more victories in the future.

Egyptians streets were crowded with celebrating people before the match; coffee shops were crammed with people cheering for the Egyptian team. Egyptian fans were very eager this time to win this prestigious event, after Egypt had been absent from the tournament for several years.

After losing the final, some people were disappointed; however, the majority still appreciated that Egypt managed to be the runner-up, after being absent from the last three editions of the AFCON.

Despite of the conflicts among Egyptians that surfaced recently due to political issues, supporting the Egyptian team throughout its journey in the 2017 AFCON was something that managed to unite Egyptians again.

In this regard, Al-Sisi thanked the Egyptian team, assuring them that they made all Egyptians happy, thanks to their great performance throughout the whole tournament.

Still, after Egypt lost the 2017 AFCON final, streets were stuffed with people cheering for the Egyptian team, appreciating that it managed to reach the final.

Egypt’s national football team won the AFCON seven times, in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, and most recently in 2010.

Egypt was, however, absent from the event’s last three editions, which took place in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

After this long period of absence, the Egyptian team managed to qualify for competition and reached the final match, which took place on Sunday, against Cameroon, champions of the 2000 Sydney’s Summer Olympics.

Cameroon was seeking revenge against Egypt, after the Egyptian team snatched the AFCON title from it in 2008. Vincent Aboubakar was the player who managed to secure the cup for Cameroon, after he scored a goal in the 88th minute, taking the final score to 1-2.

Up until the 2017 AFCON semi-final, not a single goal was scored against Egypt. The first goal against the team occurred in its semi-final match against Burkina Faso.

This is the second time for Egypt to be the AFCON runner-up, as in 1962 it finished second too.

As for the Cameroonian team, this is their fifth AFCON title, as they won it in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, and now most recently in 2017.

 

Photos Presidency Handout

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Luckless Cuper loses his 13th final match http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/luckless-cuper-loses-13th-final-match/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/luckless-cuper-loses-13th-final-match/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:12:51 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614495 Cameroon national team beat its Egyptian counterpart 2-1, in the final match of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held at Danjundje stadium in Gabon, claiming their fifth AFCON title. It was the 13th final-match defeat for Egypt’s head coach, Hector Cuper, in his career. It seems that losing in the finals is a jinx …

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Cameroon national team beat its Egyptian counterpart 2-1, in the final match of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held at Danjundje stadium in Gabon, claiming their fifth AFCON title.

It was the 13th final-match defeat for Egypt’s head coach, Hector Cuper, in his career. It seems that losing in the finals is a jinx that still dogs him. The Argentinean coach had previously lost 12 finals, two of which were in the UEFA Champions League.

In charge of Real Mallorca in 1997, Cuper came up against Barcelona in the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) final and Lazio in the UEFA Cup final, neither of which he had won.

Cuper moved to Valencia in 1999, where he maintained his bad luck in the finals, losing the final of the UEFA Champions League two consecutive times: 3-0 in 2000 against Real Madrid, and 5-4 in a penalty shootout in 2001 against Bayern Munich.

As head coach of Italian club Inter Milan, Cuper qualified to the 2002 UEFA Cup semifinal, before he lost to Feyenoord 3-2. In the same year, Inter Milan failed to capture the Scudetto and finished third in Serie A after losing to Lazio in the last round.

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New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl 51 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/new-england-patriots-defeat-atlanta-falcons-to-win-super-bowl-51/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/06/new-england-patriots-defeat-atlanta-falcons-to-win-super-bowl-51/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 03:28:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614432 The post New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl 51 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The New England Patriots have completed a stirring comeback to win a thrilling Super Bowl 51. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead as the Patriots claimed victory in overtime.The New England Patriots produced a spectacular comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to claim their fifth Super Bowl, winning 34-28.

The Falcons surged into a commanding 25-point lead and seemed on course to pull off a stunning upset.

Renowned New England quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception that led to an 82-yard touchdown in the second quarter, bringing the score to 21 to 0.

It marked the first interception return for a touchdown by a cornerback in the history of the Super Bowl.

Following an impressive halftime show performance by American singer Lady Gaga, Brady managed to pick up steam and follow through on a number of plays.

‘Amazing comeback’

With less than two minutes on the clock, Brady drove the ball to the endzone, complimenting the touchdown with a two-point conversion and solidifying the game’s overtime conclusion.

“We all brought each other back,” Brady said after the game. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team.”

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter, his preferred social media platform, to praise the Patriots for their victory.

Two years ago, Brady led the Patriots to win the Super Bowl to overcome a 10-point deficit. He received the Most Valuable Player Award for his performance in the Super Bowl, cementing his legacy as one of the most prolific champions in American football.

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AFCON 2017: Cameroon claim Africa Cup of Nations title with dramatic win over Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/05/afcon-2017-cameroon-claim-africa-cup-of-nations-title-with-dramatic-win-over-egypt/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/05/afcon-2017-cameroon-claim-africa-cup-of-nations-title-with-dramatic-win-over-egypt/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:53:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614437 The post AFCON 2017: Cameroon claim Africa Cup of Nations title with dramatic win over Egypt appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Two second-half goals completed a stunning comeback for Cameroon against overwhelming favorites Egypt. Just as the game seemed to be heading for extra-time, the underdogs scored late on to record a famous victory.Egypt 1-2 Cameroon

Elneny 22′ ; Nkoulou 59′, Aboubakar 88′

Cameroon, a team devoid of eight of their best players after they refused call ups to the Nations Cup, produced a modern football fairytale by beating record seven-times champions Egypt 2-1 in the final in Gabon.

The Indomitable Lions achieved the near impossible thanks to a stunning individual goal from Vincent Aboubakar two minutes from time, the bulky striker chesting the ball down, flicking it over a defender and burying a volley into the corner of the net.

Two substitutes, Nicolas Nkoulou and Aboubakar, had turned the game around in the second half after Mohamed Elneny’s opener for Egypt midway through the first period.

It is Cameroon’s fifth Nations Cup title and easily the most unexpected. The team and coach Hugo Broos had also been at war with their federation over bonuses during the tournament, nevermind having to cope with missing over half a team.

“It’s true that when I came to Cameroon nearly a year ago I found a group of players who were old, not motivated, so I had to change that,” Broos told reporters.

“So I brought in some new young players and we started working. We did a good job and now today we have a team. I am very happy that we won the Cup of Nations today and I am happy for the players — this is not a group of football players, they are a group of friends.”

Egypt coach Hector Cuper was gracious in defeat, the latest in a long line in finals for the Argentine.

“Cameroon deserved to win. I have deep sorrow for my players but it was too much for them, they were too tired. For myself, losing another final, I don’t want to say I’m getting used to it,” Cuper said.

Cameroon upset the odds when they overcame Ghana in the semifinals and the team demonstrated their irrepressible spirit again by dancing and singing their way into the stadium on their arrival for the final in Libreville.

The fans of the Indomitable Lions, who vastly outnumbered a small pocket of Pharaohs supporters, showed their teeth by booing the names of the Egypt players as they were read out.

A huge firework display then rounded off the closing ceremony before kickoff and FIFA president Gianni Infantino was among the dignitaries to meet the teams for the sell-out game.

Normally defensive Egypt, boosted by the return from injury of Arsenal midfielder Elneny and 44-year-old keeper Essam El Hadary shrugging off a cold, initially tried to be more enterprising than they were in the rest of the tournament with Mohamed Salah inevitably at the center of things.

A cute little ball in the first minute set Abdallah Said away but like so often in this competition, 21-year-old Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa was on hand to save.

Cameroon were too nervous and careless with their final ball in the first half to hurt their opponents and they were made to pay on 22 minutes.

Salah was involved again and Elneny was given too much room inside the box before firing high into the net from a tight angle. For perhaps the first time this tournament, Ondoa was found wanting. He may have thought Elneny was going for a cross, but it was still a lackluster attempt to save.

Continually pounded their drums

At the other end El Hadary also threatened to blot his great tournament when he flapped at a cross on 34 minutes but Cameroon, who lost centre back Adolphe Teikeu to injury on the half hour to be replaced by Nkoulou, could not profit.

Despite going behind, Cameroon fans continually pounded their drums and the decibels increased with the sight of striker Aboubakar – the top international scorer in the squad – coming on for the second half.

How Cameroon fans might then have wished Schalke’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could also have joined the mix, but he was one of the players to turn down their call-up for the tournament.

In fact, it was the defensive substitute from earlier who would first make the difference.

Cautious Egypt reverted to type and the game looked like it was drifting towards the Pharaohs’ favorite score this tournament – 1-0 – until Nkoulou rose superbly to power in his header from Benjamin Moukandjo’s perfect free-kick on 59 minutes.

The Lyon defender beat Ahmed Hegazy too easily in the air and there were question marks over whether El Hadary could have done more too.

The Stade de l’Amitie went into raptures as the ball hit the net, the Cameroon fans among the 40,000 had begun to think it was not their year and the sudden delight made the noise even more ear-splitting.

Nkoulou headed a corner over shortly afterwards as the momentum completely shifted Cameroon’s way and captain Moukandjo later blazed over with a great chance.

It looked like it was heading for extra-time until second substitute Aboubakar produced his moment of magic, one of the great goals in Nations Cup finals.

The fairytale was complete. Supposedly the worst Cameroon side ever had lifted the continental title for a fifth time, with eight of their best players at home having not bothered to come. And Cameroon host this tournament next in two years.

Sometimes, you can’t beat football for great stories.

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Gaultier breaks Abdel Gawad’s win streak in 2017, winning the 2017 Squash Swedish Open http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/05/614356/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/05/614356/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:56:14 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=614356 This is the third UCS Swedish Squash Open for the French champion  

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Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad, ranked second internationally, and winner of the 2016 UCS Swedish Squash Open, failed to keep the championship’s title this year after he lost the 2017 UCS Swedish Squash Open’s final to France’s Gregory Gaultier, ranked third internationally. The French champion won the final by 3-1 (7-11/11-3/11-0/11-8).

After this victory, Gaultier achieved his third UCS Swedish title, as he won it previously in 2012 and 2013.

The first Egyptian to win this championship was Karim Darwish in 2004.

Gaultier seeded second in the 2017 Swedish Open, and qualified to the final after winning the semifinal match without giving a chance to his opponent, Germany’s Simon Rösner, to win even a single game. The match’s result was 3-0 (11-9/13-11/11-8) to the French champion.

Abdel Gawad, seeded number one in this championship, won the other semifinal against Scottish Alan Clyne. The Scottish player made a good start by winning the first game 10-12. The Egyptian champion then turned the tables, winning the following three consecutive games by 11-4/11-8/11-5.

This is the second time for Abdel Gawad and Gaultier to meet in a final in 2017. The previous one was the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions final, which took place in New York on 19 January. It was a tough battle which ended 3-1 (6-11/11-6/12-10/11-7) in Abdel Gawad’s favour.

The first meeting this year between the French and the Egyptian champions was in a friendly match at the Squash Fight Night which took place on 7 January in Houston. Abdel Gawad was the winner of this match.

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