Sports – Daily News Egypt https://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:36:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Five coaches eliminated early from AFCON https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/12/five-coaches-eliminated-early-from-afcon/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:00:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702544 Aguirre was sacked immediately after Egypt’s exit although he topped the list of highest-paid coaches in Africa, with a salary of €180,000 per month. Despite winning all the three games of the group stage, the Egyptian team presented a very poor performance throughout the tournament.

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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) journey was over for several coaches whose teams exited early from the tournament, either from the group stage or the round of 16, some of them were even favourites for winning the title.

Javier Aguirre – Egypt

Mexican Javier Aguirre, the former coach of the Egyptian national team, was one of the victims of the AFCON 2019, after failing miserably in his first knockout game with the Egyptians against South Africa, even though the tournament is hosted by Egypt.

Egyptian fans had great hopes to win the eighth AFCON title after they lost the final against Cameroon in 2017 edition under former coach Hector Cuper. The Argentinian coach was always criticised for his defensive play, although he led the team to reach the 2018 World Cup after a long absence.

Aguirre was sacked immediately after Egypt’s exit although he topped the list of highest-paid coaches in Africa, with a salary of €180,000 per month. Despite winning all the three games of the group stage, the Egyptian team presented a very poor performance throughout the tournament.

The Mexican coach played 12 games with the Egyptian team; nine victories, two defeats, and a draw.

Clarence Seedorf – Cameroon

The Dutchman Clarence Seedorf’s future with Cameroon is still uncertain, after his disappointing results and early exit from the AFCON.

Although Seedorf ranked second in the list of the highest-paid coaches with a salary of €96,000 per month, the team won once in the group stage and had two draws. In the round of 16, Cameroon lost against Nigeria 2-3 at Alexandria Stadium.

Seedorf played 10 matches with Cameroon; three victories, three defeats, and four draws.

Hervé Renard

French coach Hervé Renard failed surprisingly to lead the Moroccan team to their second AFCON title, after the disappointing defeat in the knockout stage at the hands of Benin on penalties.

The French coach has won two AFCON titles, one with Zambia in 2012, and the other with Ivory Coast in 2015, to be the first coach to win two AFCON titles with two different teams.

Renard ranked third in the list of the highest-paid coaches in the tournament with a salary of €80,000 per month, however, his results with the Atlas Lions were disappointing for the Moroccan people, as they were among the top favourites for winning the title. The star-studded Moroccan team scored only four goals in AFCON.

Renard played 43 games with Morocco, 23 victories, 11 defeats, and nine draws. The Atlas Lions won three games in the AFCON group stage.

Sébastien Desabre

Uganda’s French coach Sébastien Desabre joined the list coaches who exited the AFCON early, when Uganda lost 0-1 to Senegal in the round of 16.

Desabre is ranked 16th in the list of the highest-paid coaches in the tournament with a salary of €18,000 per month.

The Ugandan team could only win a single game in the tournament beating Congo, and lost to Egypt, and drew with Zimbabwe.

Emmanuel Amunike

Tanzania’s Nigeria-born coach Emmanuel Amunike exited the AFCON empty-handed with no points from three games.

Amunike ranked 19th in the list of the highest-paid coaches in the tournament with a salary of €9,000 per month.

He led the Tanzanian team in nine games; two victories, six defeats, and a draw.

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Tunisia clashes with AFCON dark horse Madagascar https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/11/tunisia-clashes-with-afcon-dark-horse-madagascar/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:00:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702545 Madagascar’ s President Andry Rajoelina will attend the match to support his team

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Tunisia will face Madagascar on Thursday in the last game of the quarter-finals in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at El-Salam Stadium.

The Eagles of Carthage enter the game with a high morale after beating Ghana on penalties in the round of 16, moving a step further towards achieving the second AFCON title.

Tunisia had a disappointing run in the group stage failing to win any of their games, however, they hope to repeat the 2016 EURO scenario in which Portugal won the title after three draws in the group stage.

Tunisia’s French coach Alain Giresse depends on building attacks from deep, especially as the team has a strong forward trio, namely Taha Yassine Khenissi, Anice Badri, and Youssef Msakni.

The expected Tunisian squad will include goalkeeper Mouez Hassan; Wajdi Kechrida, Yassine Meriah, Oussama Haddadi, and Rami El-Badawi in the defence; Ghaylène Chaalali, Ferjani Sassi, and Elias Sukhairi in the midfield; Taha Yassine Khenissi, Anice Badri, and Youssef Msakni.

On the other hand, the debutants Madagascar seeks to continue their spectacular run in the championship and go further.

Madagascar’s French coach Nicolas Dupuis will definitely benefit from the country’s President Andry Rajoelina’s presence in the match to encourage the team to win and qualify for the semi-finals.

Madagascar rely on counter-attacks and flank attacks as most of the players are tall and have the ability to deal very well with crossings.

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AFCON quarter-finals: Desert Warriors face Ivorian Elephants in early final https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/11/afcon-quarter-finals-desert-warriors-face-ivorian-elephants-in-early-final/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 18:00:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702543 Egyptian fans would support Algeria in quarters

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Ivory Coast will meet Algeria in a strong clash in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the New Suez Stadium.

Algeria’s Desert Warriors reached the quarters after beating Guinea 3-0 in the last-16 round at the 30 June Stadium. While the Ivorian Elephants clinched a precious 1-0 victory over Mali at the New Suez Stadium.

Algeria played Ivory Coast in 20 games before, with six victories for the North Africans and seven wins for the Ivorians. They met in nine AFCON games, with three victories for Algeria and 4 wins for the Ivorians.

Ivory Coast won the AFCON title twice in 1992 and 2015, while Algeria won the continental title once in 1990.

Algeria aims to achieve Arab teams’ first AFCON title in nine years, since the 2010 edition won by Egypt.

Algeria have been presenting a strong performance since the AFCON started under the leadership of national coach Djamel Belmadi, making them one of the strongest favourites.

However, Belmadi knows very well that their opponents have a great expertise in the tournament and high-level players, most of whom are in largest European clubs.

The game will be like an early final, so the President of the Algerian Football Federation, Kheireddine Zetchi, announced sending Algerian fans on special flights to Egypt to support their national team in the quarter-finals. Egyptian fans have been also supporting Algeria since the beginning of the tournament.

Coach of Ivory Coast, Ibrahim Kamara, said that he was hoping not to face Algeria in this stage, noting that

overcoming Algeria would be a big step towards achieving the AFCON title.

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EFA in hot water over Pharaohs AFCON elimination https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/08/efa-in-hot-water-over-pharaohs-afcon-elimination/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:58:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702163 Three lawsuits filed against board members requesting an investigation

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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the national football squad have been in hot water following the Pharaohs loss of 0-1 by South Africa and their ousting from stage 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday.

A number of MPs filled requests demanding an investigation into alleged corruption and wasting public funds within the EFA. They also demand the summoning of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, to parliament.

In a statement, Soliman Wahdan, deputy parliament speaker, called for actual accountability for whoever was responsible for “this fiasco,” and the state of sadness that overwhelmed Egyptians fans over the sudden, but expected, defeat due to the low performance in the AFCON.

Wahdan also referred to the decision of expelling midfielder Amr Warda from the squad over sexual harassment allegations and then his return to the team after his colleagues, especially Liverpool Forward, Mohamed Salah, and team captain and Aston Villa player, Ahmed Elmohamady, pushed for his restoration and for giving Warda a second chance.

MP Abdel Hameed Kamal also urged an investigation over alleged “waste of public funds” inside the football community in Egypt and the need to hold those who failed to conduct their responsibilities appropriately accountable.

In the same context, three reports were filled on Sunday for the prosecutor general’s office against the president of the EFA and the board members. Samir Sabry, the controversial lawyer, filed a claim to investigate alleged corruption which led to such results at the AFCON.

Following Saturday’s shock defeat, the EFA board members including its head, Hany Abo Rida, announced their resignation and sacked the Egyptian national team technical staff headed by Mexican coach, Javier Aguirre. Abo Rida called on other members to submit their resignation too.

 

Almost all Egyptian media websites, TV, and newspapers, including the state-owned and private ones, followed on Monday the defeat with a wide coverage bashing the misconduct of the team and the EFA.

The EFA board members were cited as “failures and corrupt” on a private newspaper front page. Moreover, some team players came under intense criticism over their performances in the games.

Some media, which previously defended Warda, now reported that “Warda’s sexual harassment ruined the national team camp,” urging an investigation. 

Other newspapers cited the defeat as a “humiliating elimination.” Inside newspapers issues, there were pages which analysed the reasons for the defeat and blame a number of players and the EFA for the loss.

Salah, who also came under fire recently over his defence of Warda, expressed his sadness over the AFCON host’s elimination. 

“I am deeply sad for our early exit from the AFCON,” Salah tweeted on Sunday. “We hoped to continue our journey together and to win the championship for our loyal fans, who I want to thank them for their support.”

“I hope we could learn from our mistakes,” Salah continued.

On June 24, Warda was expelled from the squad after the British-Egyptian model, Merhan Keller, posted screenshots of “inappropriate and lewd messages”, which she said Warda sent to her.

Another woman also posted that the young player, who is accused of previous sexual harassment incidents, purportedly sent her “aggressive videos and messages.”

Afterwards, Warda posted an 18-second apology for his family and colleagues in the squad, however, he did not apologise to the women who accused him of sexual harassment. He then returned to the team and took part in the second half of Saturday’s game.

However, fans and users went to social media to express their comments over Warda and Salah as well as the national team defeat. Hashtags such as “the squad of harassers” was trending following the exit from the squad. Fans blame the team for its performance in the championship and the EFA.

 

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AFCON fairy-tales: debutants Madagascar through to quarter-finals, Nigeria beat holders Cameroon https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/08/afcon-fairy-tales-debutants-madagascar-through-to-quarter-finals-nigeria-beat-holders-cameroon/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:20:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702069 Madagascar took a surprise lead through Ibrahim Amada's superb 20-yard strike before Cedric Bakambu equalised with a header.

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In another thrilling surprise in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), debutants Madagascar produced beat DR Congo 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw and seal a quarter-final spot.

Madagascar took a surprise lead through Ibrahim Amada’s superb 20-yard strike before Cedric Bakambu equalised with a header.

The Indian Ocean islanders restored their lead through Faneva Andriatsima’s header before Chancel Mbemba’s 90th minute equaliser forced extra-time. Madagascar scored all their penalties.

On Friday, the Nigerian team continued their impressive performance in AFCON, as they beat the title holders Cameroon 3-2 at Alexandria Stadium.

The Nigerians were full of happiness after qualifying, expressing hope to win the quarter-final clash on Wednesday against South Africa, which was able to beat the hosts Egypt 1-0 on Saturday.

Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr promised the Nigerian fans to present a special performance in the quarter-finals, especially as they learned not to underestimate the opponents as was the case with Madagascar in the group stage, which cost them a 0-2 loss against the AFCON debutants.

Nigeria has now a good chance to win the title, especially after Egypt, Morocco, and Cameroon were knocked out. If they won, it would be their fourth title after winning in 1980, 1994, and 2013.

The Nigerian team is due to continue their training for the quarter-finals on Monday, then move from Alexandria, where they played all group stage games and the round of 16, to Cairo to meet South Africa on Wednesday.

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Calls for accountability over Pharaohs’ early exit from AFCON https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/08/calls-for-accountability-over-pharaohs-early-exit-from-afcon/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702067 Taha Ismail, the former national team coach, told Daily News Egypt that the selection of Javier Aguirre to train the Pharaohs was a mistake from the very beginning because he has never coached a national team and has no experience of playing in Africa.

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Egyptian football fans were in shock as the national team were eliminated on Saturday from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing 0-1 to South Africa in the last 16 stage. This was the first time for Egypt to be knocked out from AFCON that early while hosting the tournament.

Losing in sports is always acceptable, but corruption and negligence cannot be tolerated.

Taha Ismail, the former national team coach, told Daily News Egypt that the selection of Javier Aguirre to train the Pharaohs was a mistake from the very beginning because he has never coached a national team and has no experience of playing in Africa.

Ayman Younis, a former player in Zamalek, said the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) intervened repeatedly in the national team’s technical issues, namely forcing the coaching staff to include Abdullah Al-Saeed and Waleed Soliman to the squad, noting that both were a disappointment. Aguirre had to change his play formation from 4-3-3 to 4-3-2-1 to fit Al-Saeed.

Aguirre said, in the press conference following the Saturday match, that the main reason for Egypt’s defeat was that South Africa were luckier to turn their chances into goals, while the Egyptian players failed to score due to the Bafana Bafana’s strong defence.

“I am proud of the players that I have chosen. During the group stage, they were good,” Aguirre stated.

“Everyone is sad because of the early exit from AFCON. I took the responsibility for the elimination of the team because I chose those players and the play formation,” he added.

Hany Ramzy, Egypt’s assistant coach, said, “I apologise to the Egyptian people for their support and special thanks to the Egyptian state, which has not saved up any support and effort to support the team.”

Dismissal of national team’s coaching staff and EFA’s board resign

In the first reaction to Egypt’s early exit from AFCON, Hany Abu Rida, president of the EFA, decided to sack the coaching and technical staff of the team, before announcing his resignation. The EFA’s board followed Abu Rida’s steps and resigned after meeting the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy.

Chaos took over most of the EFA decisions in the recent period, including their inability to properly schedule the Premier League fixtures, not to mention the continuous issues of listing players in clubs.

The most significant problem that shacked the EFA was the exclusion of Amr Warda from the team after he was accused of sexual harassment during his presence in the team’s camp, and then allowing the player to return due to the players’ pressure.

Moreover, hours before Egypt’s match against South Africa, the EFA board member Ahmed Megahed accused his board colleague Magdy Abdel Ghany, and others, of selling the game tickets on the informal market.

A verbal clash erupted between Megahed and Abdel Ghani after the latter requested EGP 261,000 worth tickets for Egypt’s game, but Megahed, who is in charge of tickets distribution, refused.

Sports Minister forms a committee to manage EFA temporarily

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, considers forming an interim committee, headed by Essam Abdel-Moneim, a former EFA president, to manage the association temporarily.

The committee shall call for an urgent general assembly to elect a new board.

According to sources in the ministry of sports, Sobhy obtained the Egyptian and international Olympic committees’ approvals to conclude this step.

Main reasons behind Egypt’s AFCON exit

The early elimination of the Egyptian team was shocking but realistic. The selection of the Egyptian squad for AFCON was marred by controversy from the very beginning. The coaching staff, selected by EFA board member Abdel Ghany, also stirred debate. The goalkeeper coach Ahmed Nagy and the team’s director Ehab Leheta continued in their positions since the 2018 World Cup failure, and Hany Ramzy was included although he had low-profile coaching experience with all the teams he managed since retiring as a player. The Pharaohs appeared in the tournament with their weakest squad in the AFCON history.

Aguirre’s lack of experience in dealing with African teams and the Amr Warda case contributed also to the disappointing end. Dealing with Warda crisis showed the weakness of the EFA and that some players are stronger than those responsible for the football in Egypt.

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Celebrating AFCON, Egypt allow Africans to visit tourist attractions at local prices  https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/06/celebrating-afcon-egypt-allow-africans-to-visit-tourist-attractions-at-local-prices/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 19:41:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701889 It comes in line with Egypt’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as thousands of African natives are visiting Egypt currently to support their football teams.

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The Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, announced allowing African tourists to visit Egyptian museums and tourist attractions with the same entry fees of locals until the end of 2019, according to local media outlets.

It comes in line with Egypt’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as thousands of African natives are visiting Egypt currently to support their football teams.

El-Anany expressed his pleasure with the huge number of African visitors, whom he described as “our brothers.” The African tourist inflow started since the beginning of the AFCON last month.

The minster further added that Egypt dazzled the world with the championship’s stunning opening ceremony, explaining that it was organised in the “best possible way.”

The AFCON started on 21 June and will run until 19 July, with the participation of 24 national teams from across the continent. 

At AFCON’s opening ceremony, the ministry of antiquities features a statue of the famous Egyptian king Tutankhamen, at Cairo International Stadium’s entrance, aiming to promote the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

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Egypt seeks to host UEFA Super Cup, Supercoppa Italiana, or Spanish Supercopa: Abu Rida https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/02/egypt-seeks-to-host-uefa-super-cup-supercoppa-italiana-or-spanish-supercopa-abu-rida/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:32:01 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701571 Problem with ticket system is primarily security, it is easy to stadiums for the masses, says EFA President

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Hany Abu Rida, President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and chairperson of the organizing committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), said that Egypt is seeking to host the UEFA Super Cup and is ready to host the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations

which qualifies for the Olympics.

He added that Egypt can, after investing in stadiums, host any tournament any time.

Abu Rida pointed out that the date of hosting and applying to host the UEFA Super Cup has not been set, along with other attempts to host the Italian super cup (Supercoppa Italiana) or the Spanish super cup (Spanish Supercopa ) and will be determined in the future.

Regarding the issue of Amr Warda, Abu Rida explained, during the press conference on Tuesday, that the suspension was aimed to amend his behaviour, shrugging the idea that players are more powerful than EFA.

“Everyone is united, and we are trying to deal with the problems quickly to continue tour path towards the AFCON title,” he stressed.

He said that the problem in the ticket system is primarily security. It is easy to open the stadiums for the masses, however for the security of the Egypt’s guest fans from other nation’s the EFA doesn’t do that.

He pointed out that he is in talks with all ministries to find alternative solutions after the beginning of the knock-out stages.

Nathalie Rabe – Director of Communications – Confederation of African Football (CAF), said that the organizing committee and the CAF have received more than 2,800 applications to attend AFCON, 1,800 of which have been approved.

She confirmed that the procedures for attending matches must be done one day prior to the game, since all 1,800 journalists cannot attend at the same time.

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Egypt seeks perfection in AFCON: Fadl https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/01/egypt-seeks-perfection-in-afcon-fadl/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:26:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701454 "When we targeted organising the championship, we worked a lot with the help of the state. We were seeking perfection," Fadl said at a Cairo press conference.

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Mohamed Fadl, director of AFCON, hosted by Egypt until July 19, said Egypt is considering thorough details in terms of organising the entire event.

“When we targeted organising the championship, we worked a lot with the help of the state. We were seeking perfection,” Fadl said at a Cairo press conference.

“The championship is not just another football event, but rather a reflection of our country abroad,” he said. “There may be disadvantages that we are trying to avoid, and we strive for perfection in everything,” Fadl added.

“We have tried facilitating granting visas to the fans. It has become very easy for new fans to come to the tournament, and we are working to make it easy to get tickets for matches, as well as take into consideration all additional requests,” Fadl shared.

He said that there is keenness to provide everything, which is a positive burden on the countries that will host the tournament in the future, and the goal is to have Africans start talking about what they saw in Egypt.

Fadl explained that by the end of the tournament there will be a full declaration of everything about the tournament and about match attendance by fans from abroad. There is a large audience from Algeria, and no restrictions on fans. There is also keenness on solving all issues that occur.

Fadl noted that Egypt is ready for the championship and provides security for all fans so that they can cheer in peace.

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Sonesta Cairo hosts Namibian National Football Team https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/27/sonesta-cairo-hosts-namibian-national-football-team/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:37:34 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701268 Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo had the pleasure of hosting the Namibian National Football Team during their stay in Egypt to participate in the African Cup of Nations 2019.

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Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo had the pleasure of hosting the Namibian National Football Team during their stay in Egypt to participate in the African Cup of Nations 2019.

The Namibia National Football Team, nicknamed the ‘Brave Warriors,’ is the national association football team of Namibia and is controlled by the Namibia Football Association. They have never qualified for the World Cup but have made three appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The most capped player of the Brave Warriors is retired midfielder Johannes Hindjou with 69 caps, and Rudolph Bester is the all-time top goal scorer with 13 goals.

General Manager, Caroline Selim, and Director of Sales and Marketing Tarek Zaher, welcomed the Ambassador of Namibia in Egypt, Japhet Isaack, and the football team to the hotel accompanied by an authentic Egyptian band which was playing traditional music at the lobby during their entrance.

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Amr Warda excluded from Egypt’s squad in AFCON for indecency claims https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/27/amr-warda-excluded-from-egypts-squad-in-afcon-for-indecency-claims/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 07:20:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701262 Warda defended himself on Twitter, saying “the [sexual] clip was fabricated.”

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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Hany Abu Rida, axed Amr Warda from the 23-man squad of the national football team participating in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) currently held in Egypt, for a widespread clip featuring the player in an inappropriate position.

The EFA’s decision came just a few hours before Egypt’s second game in their AFCON campaign against DR Congo on Wednesday.

The clip which went viral on social media followed a wave of criticism against Warda on the back of his involvement in several alleged harassment incidents.

Warda defended himself on Twitter, saying “the [sexual] clip was fabricated.”

The EFA said in a statement: “The President of the EFF has decided to exclude Warda from the national football team after consultation with the technical and administrative staff of the team in order to maintain discipline among the players. The Egyptian team will complete the tournament with a 22-man squad.”

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Infographic: Visa Cardholder’s guide to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/25/infographic-visa-cardholders-guide-to-the-2019-total-africa-cup-of-nations/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:33:15 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701017 Infographic: Visa Cardholder's guide to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations

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Boom in hotel occupancy in conjunction with AFCON https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/24/boom-in-hotel-occupancy-in-conjunction-with-afcon/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:42:40 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701007 A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased

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Egypt is witnessing a big increase in hotel occupancy in coordination with the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted by Egypt in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, and Ismailia, with the participation of 24 teams, which will last until July 19 next.

A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased.

He explained that hotel occupancy in Cairo amounted to 35,000 rooms, 4,000 in Alexandria, and 3,000 hotels in Borg El Arab.

Assem added that the occupancy rate in hotels in Ismailia reached 65%, while all the hotels in Ain Sokhna, near Suez governorate, were booked.

Mohammed Imbaby, Head of the Cafes, Restaurants, and Tourism Facilities Division in the Giza Chamber of Commerce told Daily News Egypt that the demand exceeded all expectations.

He explained that the restaurants and cafes are seeing lots of reservations and demand, in the presence of delegations from countries participating in the tournament.

He added that the original way the AFCON opening was presented, and the good organisation has increased expectations for more demand as the matches continue.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina opened its doors to the African public to enter and visit free of charge in conjunction with the tournament.

“The Library of Alexandria has approved the demand of the organising committee to allow African fans to enter the library free of charge at all times,” said Amer Hussein, the head of Group B in AFCON.

Hussein thanked the library officials’ request for approving the request of the committee, allowing fans from Nigeria, Guinea, Burundi, and Madagascar to enter the library as one of the important tourist landmarks, not only in Egypt, but in the world.

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Egypt’s sun shines on Africa in Cairo Stadium https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/24/egypts-sun-shines-on-africa-in-cairo-stadium/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:05:32 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700943 AFCON’s 2019 opening ceremony dazzled people...Organising committee succeeds in difficult test

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Egypt has returned as the host of African Cup Nations (AFCON) 2019. The opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of the AFCON was held on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium and it surely dazzled the world.

In only 20 minutes, a mesmerising display of lights, figures, and colours, alongside AFCON’s official song “metgamaeen” (together), that was performed by Hakim, Femi Kuti, and Dobet Gnahore–a performance which left a mark on everyone from those sitting in the stadium to those sitting in their living rooms in awe.

Social media users praised the organisation and the opening ceremony, expressing their astonishment toward the visual effects the opening showcased.

With the hashtag of #AFCON2019, users spoke all night long about the fascinating ceremony online.

 

 

“Oh wow. Egypt hosted the world cup tonight. There have been criticisms about African football of late. We showed them class. This is Africa. And this means more,” one person tweeted.

“I guess Egypt made Africans proud! What a time to be alive,” another added. A third person tweeted, “Egypt is making Africa proud since 3,100 BC.”

Former TV anchor Lamis Elhadidy also praised the opening saying, “Amazing African cup opening ceremony. You made us all proud. This is Egypt, this is Africa.”

The opening ceremony began with huge 3D statues of the three pyramids in the middle of the stadium with the distribution of lights and figures of the Nile river and the desert. The colours and lights painted the flags of all the African countries and then showcased the AFCON cup that was unveiled beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza model.

The ceremony witnessed spectacular and distinct scenes from Africa, as well as the dazzling use of colours and the flash lighting from the mobiles of over 75,000 fans.

For his part, the Swiss Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, expressed his happiness at the opening ceremony. He said he was keen to attend this ceremony after receiving the invitation from the President of the Egyptian Football Association, Hany Abou Rida, and the President of Confederation of African Football, Ahmed Ahmed, confirming that the opening ceremony is the best evidence of Egypt’s ability to organise the largest sports events.

He also expressed his pride in being in the main cabin next to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and African official delegations.

 

 

Egypt grind out win to launch Africa Cup of Nations, according to the Guardian.

The British newspaper also said that the event was a spectacular and colourful opening ceremony inside the jam-packed 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

“The Egyptians did not disappoint with a well-choreographed and technological propelled opening ceremony,” it added.

The Spanish newspaper AS described the opening ceremony as “impressive” and worthy of the name of Egypt and historical version of the championship in the land of the Pharaohs, which saw the participation of 24 teams for the first time.

The BBC confirmed that the AFCON opening ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, was spectacular, especially in the light effects.

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South Africa’s football national team visits Giza Plateau https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/23/south-africas-football-national-team-visits-giza-plateau/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 08:59:41 +0000 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700828 The world’s sight is directed toward Egypt as the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) got underway. The government launched promotions of the country’s tourist destinations. South Africa’s national football team, which participates now in AFCON 2019, visited the Giza Plateau on Friday. They were welcomed by Ashraf Mohy El-Din, the director general of Giza …

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The world’s sight is directed toward Egypt as the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) got underway. The government launched promotions of the country’s tourist destinations.

South Africa’s national football team, which participates now in AFCON 2019, visited the Giza Plateau on Friday. They were welcomed by Ashraf Mohy El-Din, the director general of Giza Pyramids area.

Throughout their visit, the South African team toured the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza, and the Valley Temple of Khafre, and were accompanied by a tour guide who explained everything about the history of Egypt, and that different era’s rituals.

According to a press release published by the ministry of antiquities, the team expressed their astonishment of the Egyptian heritage and described the Pharaohs as brilliant.

The team ended their tour with a visit to the Giza Pyramids Panorama, where they took pictures overlooking the scenic Pyramids.

The team is supposed to have their first match in the championship on Monday, facing Ivory Coast.

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Al-Sisi visits Egyptian football team during training for AFCON https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/16/al-sisi-visits-egyptian-football-team-during-training-for-afcon/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 22:11:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700508 Pharaohs to face Guinea in team’s 2nd friendly on Sunday

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Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, held a morale-boosting visit on Saturday with the national football team during their morning training a few days before the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) which will be hosted by Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

 

 

The visit took place as the team was training in the 30 June Stadium, according to the presidency spokesperson, Bassam Rady.

The statement added that Al-Sisi expressed his full confidence in the team, and asked them “to exert the utmost effort for the welfare of the nation.”

The president voiced trust in the abilities of the national team, saying that the “players are fully conscious of the responsibility they are bearing.”

He urged them to do “their best to bring happiness to the Egyptian people.”

Meanwhile, the players “thanked President Al-Sisi for his keenness to visit the team ahead of the AFCON and promised him do their best in order to make Egyptians happy,” the statement added.

Also, the president’s visit involved a tour of the stadium’s facilities as well as inspection of the preparations for the anticipated tournament.

The Egyptian state has been getting ready to host the tournament by facilitating transportation, telecommunication, and logistics. The tournament will be played on six stadiums in four cities.

The Egyptian team has held a closed camp at Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, since 6 June to play two friendly matches in preparation for the AFCON. Egypt defeated Tanzania 1-0 on 13 June and is scheduled to play Guinea on 16 June at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

In the AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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HDB joins the list of official sponsors of African Cup of Nations Total 2019 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/15/hdb-joins-the-list-of-official-sponsors-of-african-cup-of-nations-total-2019/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:54:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700455 We aim to be 1 of top 10 commercial banks in Egyptian banking market during coming period: Ghanem

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Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Housing & Development Bank (HDB), Hassan Ghanem, announced that the bank joined the list of sponsors of the African Nations Cup Total 2019, to become the exclusive official bank of the tournament.

 

 

Ghanem expressed his great pleasure in sponsoring the African Cup of Nations as the first local bank to officially sponsor one of the most important international football tournaments held on the land of Egypt after an absence of 13 years.

He added that this sponsorship comes within the framework of encouraging the Egyptian team and local and international sports in general, which confirms the role of the bank in all the community activities in addition to its important role as one of the most important financial institutions in Egypt.

Ghanem stressed that the bank has played a vital role in the society for 40 years. Since its inception, the bank has contributed to the development of urban activity and the provision of housing units to suit the needs of all segments of society.

Moeove, he pointed out that with the continuous development of the banking sector locally and globally, the bank has been able to cope with and even compete with this rapid and continuous development, and in a short period become amongst the best Egyptian banks in terms of efficiency of banking performance, targeting in the coming period to be one of the top 10 commercial banks in Egypt.

With the start of the tournament there will be a pavilion for the bank in all the stadiums where the games will be held, and the public will be able to enter a number of competitions and games with different prizes, such as tickets for games, t-shirts, sports gears, and other prizes, he explained.

The booths will also enable clients to activate ‘Felosy’ phone app and issue a ‘Meeza’ card for free and use it across all POS and ATMs.

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Eto’o expects Egypt, Cameroon to reach AFCON final https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/14/etoo-expects-egypt-cameroon-to-reach-afcon-final/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:23:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700416 “Everyone knows who will win the championship,” Eto’o said. “The Egyptian team is strong and capable of delivering a good tournament. Egypt has the home advantage and is led by star Mohamed Salah,” he added.

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Cameroon’s football legend Samuel Eto’o expects his country and Egypt to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

(AFCON) final to be held from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, during a press conference held in Cairo by Etisalat Misr to launch “Africa Service” as part of the Etisalat Sports platform.

“Everyone knows who will win the championship,” Eto’o said. “The Egyptian team is strong and capable of delivering a good tournament. Egypt has the home advantage and is led by star Mohamed Salah,” he

added.

The former star of Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea believes that Salah will continue to shine during AFCON and will be crowned the tournament’s top scorer.

Eto’o praised Salah’s performance with Liverpool and winning the UEFA Champions League. He added that the Egyptian player has managed to write history for African football.

He refused to name the best African player in the history saying, “I do not like this kind of comparisons. Many players contributed to the development of African football, including George Weah and Didier Drogba.”

“I do not plan to run for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football,” Eto’o revealed. “The administrative work is not my ambition; I plan to become a coach.”

Egyptian football star Ahmed Hossam “Mido” also spoke during the Etisalat ceremony.

Egypt has a great chance to go as far as possible in AFCON, considering the presence of a great star like Salah and the home advantage, Mido said. He called on all Egyptians to support their national team, noting that the choosing the team’s squad is up to the coaching staff, hinting that former coach Mahmoud El-Gohary has included Hossam Hassan in the 1998 AFCON edition despite the public criticism at the time.

Eventually, the player led the team to win the title. Mido set another example when Hassan Shehata did not include Hazem Emam in the 2006 edition but he still won the tournament, and in 2010 when he selected Mohamed Nagy, known as Gedo, over Mido. Shehata faced criticism but the team still won, and Gedo was the competition’s top scorer at the time.

“When I was a player, I refused to move to Al Ahly because I love Zamalek and everyone knows that, but in the future, nobody knows what can happen,” he commented on the possibility of training Al Ahly.

The former Ajax, Tottenham, Roma, and Marseille player said he is still young to coach the Egyptian national team. He is 36 years old and has coached several teams for only five years, so he still needs more time to strengthen his experience.

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Al-Sisi stresses government must provide all organisational means to AFCON https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/11/al-sisi-stresses-government-must-provide-all-organisational-means-to-afcon/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:13:17 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700265 President met Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to tackle preparations for 2019 AFCON

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed the need to provide all the organisational, administrative, and logistical means to ensure the success of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), on Monday in a meeting with the government

 

Egypt will host AFCON from June 21 to July 19.

 

The president gave his directive during the meeting on Monday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfiq, and Minster of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy.

 

Al-Sisi also called for constant coordination among the relevant authorities to make the tournament “a distinguished sporting event, especially under Egypt’s current presidency of the African Union (AU),” Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement.

 

The meeting tackled all preparations for the 2019 AFCON, including “security arrangements, health services, and media coverage of the tournament,” the spokesperson added.

 

The Egyptian state has been getting ready to host the tournament by facilitating transportation, telecommunication, and logistics. The tournament will be played on six stadiums all over the country.

 

On Saturday, Egypt’s transportation ministry announced that it will inaugurate three new metro stations in Heliopolis within the scope of the fourth phase of development of the Cairo Metro Line 3, on June 15 ahead of the AFCON.

The Egyptian team has entered a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria, on June 6 to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on June 13 and 16 at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

In AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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Misr Lel Makkasa signs Mido as head coach for 2 seasons https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/11/misr-lel-makkasa-signs-mido-as-head-coach-for-2-seasons/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700183 Mido said the club has a management that is similar to that of European clubs’ and that he has an ambitious vision for the team

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Misr Lel Makkasa SC has signed a two-season contract with Ahmed Hossam “Mido” as head coach for a salary of EGP 400,000 per month.

 

President of Misr Lel Makkasa, Mohamed Abdel Salam, said that it did not take time to convince Mido to take charge of the club.

 

Abdel Salam said he hopes the new coach can achieve the club’s ambition to qualify to the FIFA Club World Cup.

 

For his part, Mido said the club has a management that is similar to that of European clubs’ and that he has an ambitious vision for the team. The new coach pointed out that Makkasa had many achievements thanks to its administrative and coaching stability and the high-quality squad. This is why he did not hesitate to take the offer.

 

Mido added that the club’s ambitions come in line with his previous experiences with Zamalek, Ismaily, and Wadi Degla. He aims to take the club to the semi-finals of the Egypt Cup.

 

He went on to explain that he will meet with the former coach to assess the players and discuss the needs of the team. Mido believes that Makkasa only needs to sign four new players.

 

Mido’s assisting staff includes Sayed Metwally as manager of players affairs, Waleed Hewaidi as football manager, Adel Mustafa as assistant coach, Khalid Abdullah as goalkeeper coach, and Mohamed Aweys as performance analyst.

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Al Ahly files complaint against Egyptian Football Association https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/10/al-ahly-files-complaint-against-egyptian-football-association/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 18:20:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700162 Sports Arbitration Center to look into Al Ahly’s complaint on Wednesday

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Al Ahly SC officially filed an urgent complaint to the Egyptian Olympic Committee’s Sports Arbitration Center against the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) regarding the premier league scheduling changes.

 

The Sports Arbitration Center announced later that it will look into Al Ahly’s complaint on Wednesday.

 

Al Ahly have released an earlier statement in which they criticized the EFA’s changes of the league matches scheduling and threatened to withdraw from the League if their requests were not met.

 

After Egypt won the rights to host the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) the EFA announced that many league and cup games will have to be played after the continental competition, AFCON which will be held from 21 June to 19 July.

 

Al Ahly insisted that they won’t play any league games after the 2019 AFCON. The Red Devils said the EFA’s lack of organisation would harm many teams as it didn’t respect the rules of fair play or equal opportunity.

 

Al Ahly still have two remaining games with Zamalek SC and Al-Mokawloon Al-Arab SC, while there are three remaining games for Zamalek.

 

The Cairo giant said that the complaint comes in accordance with the local and international regulations and the Olympic Charter, FIFA, and the International Sports Court to preserve the rights of the club.

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Innovation of AFCON stadiums cost EGP 1bn https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/08/innovation-of-afcon-stadiums-cost-egp-1bn/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 19:58:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=699888 Egypt allocate EGP 100m for development of training playgrounds

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The companies hired to develop Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia, and Salam stadiums, which will host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 21 June to 19 July, have requested $60m (EGP 1.02bn) from the ministry of youth and sports for the development operations.

 

The ministry will receive the four stadiums in addition to the Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium following the innovation to prepare them for the final inspection by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide on their readiness to host the tournament.

 

A government source told Daily News Egypt that the required sums of money from the ministry are preliminary and that the final cost of the stadiums’ development will be determined upon receipt. The source pointed out that the development of the stadiums was carried out simultaneously.

 

He pointed out that the ministry has allocated about EGP 100m to develop the training playgrounds dedicated for the African teams participating in the tournament. Several state institutions will handle the development of those playgrounds, such as the Suez Canal Authority and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria. According to the source, the training playgrounds were developed upon the request of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). The innovation works vary from changing chairs, developing light towers and dressing rooms, and raising efficiency of playgrounds.

 

According to a government report obtained by Daily News Egypt, the EFA specified 32 playgrounds for training, of which 17 are in Cairo: two sub-stadiums at Cairo Stadium, two playgrounds in the 30 June Stadium, El Sekka El Hadid stadiums, EL Shams, the Military Sports Body stadium, El Nasr, Aero Sport, Haras El Hodoud, Tulip El Zahraa, El Nosour complex, Enppi, Petrosport main and sub stadium, and the Arab Contractors Stadium.

 

Additionally, there are five playgrounds in Alexandria, which include Arab Academy for Maritime Transport stadium, Olympic Club stadium and Al Ittihad Alexandria Club stadium, the sub-stadium of Borg El Arab Stadium, and the Alexandria University playground. In addition to other playgrounds in Ismailia, which are the new and old playgrounds of Suez Canal, Mercure hotel, the Olympic village, and five playgrounds in Suez, which include Wadi Degla and Petrojet in in Ain Sukhna, the sub-stadium of Suez Stadium, and the Suez Sporting Club stadium.

 

The 2019 AFCON will include 24 teams for the first time since it was launched in 1957, divided into six groups, that will play on six stadiums in four governorates which are Cairo, Alexandra, Ismailia, and Suez.

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Opinion: Jürgen Klopp's holistic approach the real winner https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/02/opinion-jurgen-klopps-holistic-approach-the-real-winner/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:25:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699717 The post Opinion: Jürgen Klopp's holistic approach the real winner appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Liverpool have won the Champions League, and Jürgen Klopp has finally overcome his losing streak in finals. But the real victory of the day comes in Klopp’s approach to this success, writes DW’s Jonathan Harding.Leading Liverpool to the 2019 Champions League title is undoubtedly Jürgen Klopp's greatest achievement as a head coach. But the real victory lies in the German coach's approach to success.

Klopp's knows when to make a tactical change or what to tell a player to improve, but his biggest strength is his ability to build relationships. He cares about people.

The 51-year-old clearly believes that to get the best out of his players he has to understand who they are as a person, including the mental and social factors. In a scrappy game, it was grit and relationships that won the day.

Divock Origi, a player whose future at Liverpool looked in doubt after he returned from a disappointing loan spell at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, became the unlikeliest of heroes. Klopp never gave up on him.

Klopp 'a fantastic human being'

To get the best out of Liverpool, Klopp also had to understand the fans and the community the club served. Listening to the Anfield crowd in the second leg of that Barcelona game it was clear that Klopp's holistic approach extended well beyond the players on the training ground. He wanted to know the community the club served.

After the victory in Madrid, Virgil van Dijk said Klopp was "a fantastic coach… but he's a fantastic human being as well." His players mean more to Klopp, but the same is true of the coach to his players. These relationships have opened space for more. They have made this success possible.

Fittingly, the man in the opposite dugout is very similar. Mauricio Pochettino believes the human leader is the one that is successful. His emotion on show after the club's unlikely semifinal victory against Ajax was an important moment. It was real. It was human.

Klopp was the man lifting the trophy aloft, but his victory extends beyond the numbers in a results column. This was recognition of the human values that are often missing in football, the importance of the people in a community and the value of emotion. It was a moment for recognizing that it's people first, players second.

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Champions League: Jürgen Klopp shows substance over style to break trophy drought https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/02/champions-league-jurgen-klopp-shows-substance-over-style-to-break-trophy-drought/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:03:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699719 The post Champions League: Jürgen Klopp shows substance over style to break trophy drought appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Jürgen Klopp’s reputation was forged by his relentless pursuit of an intense, committed and entertaining style of play. But DW’s Matt Pearson saw the German boss break his trophy drought using other qualities in Madrid.After six finals, two clubs and eight years, it turned out that what Jürgen Klopp really needed was a performance lacking the signature style that helped the German become one of the best coaches in the world. And an obliging, overawed opponent.

Liverpool deserved to win European club football’s greatest honor for the sixth time but only by virtue of being the best of a bad pair in a 2-0 win. In contrast to the way both teams arrived at this stage, this was a game that failed to really hold the attention for long stretches despite its importance. Simple passes went astray, attacking moves floundered under little pressure and even those in the stands couldn’t muster real enthusiasm until the closing stages.

"Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank any more," Klopp said after the game. "This may be the best night of my life, professional wise."

The former Borussia Dortmund boss said he was calmer than he'd expected in the circumstance as he entered his post-match press conference with a beer in hand, joking about a phone call from Pep Guardiola and the 2020 final in Istanbul.

"Usually I would sit here and have to explain why we lost this game but this time I'd love to explain it," he beamed.

The 51-year-old has admitted there were times in his run of final defeats where he felt fortune had deserted him and his teams. But he could have few such complaints about a penalty so early in the game that most of the stadium was still trying to rid themselves of the memory of the opening ceremony.

Moussa Sissoko picked an odd moment to start directing traffic in his own penalty box but the handball decision looked a touch generous given Sadio Mane’s cross struck the Spurs player’s chest first. Even if by the letter of the law the decision may have been correct, the nature of its creation owed little to skill.

Both sides below their best

Even if the manner of their lead was questionable, the Reds never really looked like relinquishing it in a lethargic game. Whether it was a result of the sweltering heat, the occasion, the break between games or dramatic fatigue from the semifinals, the opening 45 minutes saw the advertising hoardings get on the end of more crossfield balls than the wide players and the lowest pass completion rate of any half in the Champions League this season.

Liverpool were the guiltier of the two sides when it came to squandering possession early, completing just 101 passes before the break, with less than 70 percent finding their man. Perhaps the heat that turned the city’s subway trains in to sweaty, lager-drenched tin cans in the hours before kickoff had sapped the usual intensity from Klopp’s men. There was none of the ferocious commitment and decisive power that saw them roar back past Barcelona to reach Madrid.

In contrast to his usual frenetic encouragement on the touchline, Klopp often seemed keen to calm his charges, imploring Andy Robertson not to get involved in a tussle with Kieran Trippier and refusing to get frustrated with the stodgy affair on offer in front of him.

As the second half wore on, a broadly similar – if slightly more entertaining – game developed but just as Spurs began to at last build up something approaching a head of steam, the valve was slammed shut. By Virgil van Dijk’s timing, by Alisson’s safe hands, by Andy Robertson’s recovery pace or by Spurs' lack of conviction in attacking areas.

A different approach

After a season where he’s managed to tease out a level of consistency achieved by precious few teams in addition to the sort of foot down, windows open football that got them past Barca and Bayern Munich, perhaps it's fitting that Klopp’s miserable finals run came to an end with a performance of grit and granite rather than skill and silk.

Perhaps it was also fitting that the man who secured the win was a man whose career has been resurrected by the Liverpool boss. After an underwhelming season on loan at Wolfsburg, Divock Origi’s Anfield days appeared to be numbered. But after the Belgian swept in the second in Madrid, that made it the winner in the Merseyside derby, the Champions League semifinal and the Champions League final for the striker. For all the attention on Klopp’s tactical innovations, the way he builds relationships may well be his greatest strength.

"He’s a fantastic manager, first and foremost but he’s a fantastic human being as well. How he handles us as players at that games and outside of the games is outstanding. It’s a pleasure to work with him," said man of the match Van Dijk.

It certainly felt that way at the end, when the team he built lifted their coach aloft. The players then allowed him to lead the fans behind the goal in celebration before jogging over to those elsewhere in the ground and finally doffing his baseball cap in a sign of respect. It's more than mutual. They love him for more than trophies, but they certainly help.

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CAF Champions League final total embarrassment https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/06/01/caf-champions-league-final-total-embarrassment/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 15:04:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699634 Ahmad Ahmad in trouble, Wydad resorts to FIFA

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The African football represented by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took a hefty blast after the controversial Champions League final between ES Tunis and WAC Casablanca.

Amid embarrassing scenes in Tunis, home side Esperance were declared winners of the African Champions League but it took a stoppage of an hour and 25 minutes before the match was abandoned and they could claim the trophy.

The CAF have called a meeting of their executive committee for Tuesday to discuss the incident, it said in a statement on Saturday.

Wydad, who were 2-1 behind on aggregate, thought they had equalised just before the hour mark but the header from Ismail El Haddad was disallowed.

Wydad players immediately surrounded the referee demanding he review the decision and consult the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which was being used for only the fourth time in an African club competition game.

Surprisingly, the Gambian referee Bakary Gassama said the VAR was broken. Tunisian media reported that officials were aware before the match that the VAR system was not working, but the players seemingly did not know.

CAF officials and President Ahmad Ahmad walked into the pitch in an attempt to deal with the issue. They spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a futile effort to get the game restarted.

Finally, the referee announced that ES Tunis won and Wydad was considered withdrawn.

Saïd Naciri, president of Wydad, settled on resorting to FIFA, stressing that his team did not withdraw.

He added that Wydad will file a lawsuit at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will take all legal measures to prove the violations occurred in the Champions League final.

“We told the CAF that we want to resume the match, however, the VAR should have been consulted over our cancelled goal. This shows bad intentions and we will take all legal measures against that,” Naciri said.

Meanwhile, ES Tunis said they are not responsible for VAR system failure and that they deserved the trophy.

The Tunisian team explained to the media that CAF is the party responsible for VAR system and that the referee is the only person who has the right to consult VAR.

The incident showed the weakness of the CAF head who failed to contain the situation, and as the match ended, Tunisian fans threw fireworks onto the pitch.

French L’Equipe said ES Tunis won the title in an atmosphere that is far from being sportive.

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High demand for AFCON tickets: Tazkarty https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/25/high-demand-for-afcon-tickets-tazkarty/ Sat, 25 May 2019 19:50:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699000 Khaled Aziz, the regional chairperson of the company, said that the demand exceeded all expectations, which reflects Egyptians’ keenness to attend the championship.

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GIT, the operator of Tazkarty app for booking and ticketing service in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON), considers increasing the number of its outlets after the high demand for AFCON tickets. The AFCON will be held from 21 June to 19 July.

Khaled Aziz, the regional director of the company, said that the demand exceeded all expectations, which reflects Egyptians’ keenness to attend the championship.

He told Daily News Egypt that 80% of the sold tickets have been already handed to the customers through the company’s outlets last Thursday.

Tazkarty has a hotline 15355 for inquiries. The outlets’ working hours during Ramadan starts from 11:00am to 4:00pm, and then from 8:30pm to 1:00am.

The high-category tickets will be delivered at Orange branches in several areas in Cairo, including Heliopolis, Nasr City, Al-Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Mohandessin, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, Sixth of October, Maadi, and Moqattam. They are also available in Alexandria, Ismailia, and Suez.

Medium and low-category tickets are available at outlets in Shams Club, Al-Jazira Youth Centre, the Olympic Centre in Maadi, the Suez Club, the Sheikh Zayed Youth Centre, the Sixth of October City, and the Horse Owner’s Club in Smouha, Alexandria.

The organising committee has set EGP 100 as the price of low-category tickets for all games except those of the Egyptian team, EGP 300 for the medium-category tickets, and EGP 500 for high-category tickets.

Regarding the prices of the tickets during which the Egyptian team will be playing, the low-category ticket costs EGP 150 for the first round of the competition, medium-category ticket costs EGP 400, and EGP 600 for high-category tickets.

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Tazkarty, online booking for AFCON tickets launched https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/22/tazkarty-online-booking-for-afcon-tickets-launched/ Wed, 22 May 2019 20:35:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698916 The application aims at combating inflated ticket prices on the informal market, by making the website and app the primary outlet for booking tickets.

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Aiming to solve the struggle of selling match tickets, a new application is set to launch that will allow Egyptians to book tickets online. The new application and website, Tazkarty, started from Wednesday.

The application aims at combating inflated ticket prices on the informal market, by making the website and app the primary outlet for booking tickets.

The application will still be utilised after the African Cup of Nations comes to an end, it will be used to book tickets for concerts and events.

According to the new system, tickets are electronically placed to the public to obtain them and a Fan ID to be used in receiving tickets and entering games.

The organising committee of the tournament has announced the prices of tickets for AFCON. The low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches in the tournament’s first round is EGP 150 and EGP 200 in following rounds. The medium-category tickets costs EGP 400, while the high-category costs EGP 600.

The African Nations Cup is set to kick off on June 21st, and run until July 19th. This is the fifth time Egypt has hosted this highly anticipated and prestigious sports event.

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Sports investment in Egypt promising, lack of fans, copyright infringement biggest challenges: AlSaleh https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/22/sports-investment-in-egypt-promising-lack-of-fans-copyright-infringement-biggest-challenges-alsaleh/ Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698778 Green Goal plans to set up branch in Cairo, Pyramids experience is neither persuasive nor profitable, state should interfere to improve football in Egypt

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Saleh AlSaleh, general manager of Saudi Arabia’s Green Goal, said that Egypt is a promising market for sports investment, but that it needs to be further organised and to remove some of the obstacles that prevent some investors from reaching it.

Saleh told Daily News Egypt that sports investment in Egypt is a promising market that needs some regulations to become more attractive to investors, by overcoming the obstacles they face, and the biggest obstacle is fans not attending games, which is a very large and influential obstacle, and copyright infringement to clubs’ products, and this must be considered and protected by laws.

He added that Green Goal plans to set up a branch in Egypt to be dedicated to serve the Arab region in full with the support of the Saudi market. Its activities will range from organising camps, sportswear, sponsorships, advertising, sporting events, as well as a long list of tournaments throughout the year to develop sports in all disciplines.

The general manager of Green Goal said that the Cairo branch will be inaugurated before the start of the African Cup of Nations, scheduled to open at the end of June. He refused to announce the budget for the company’s investments in Egypt at the moment.

AlSaleh does not believe that the Pyramids experience is financially unprofitable, although it has added a lot of excitement and boosted competition in the Egyptian league but he is not convinced of it personally.

He explained that the recession, in terms of investment in football, requires government intervention, through the injection of large funds in order to promote the game through a project which does not exceed three years, and then assess the experience and decide whether to stop or continue it.

According to the general manager of the Saudi company, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, is trying to open the door to Arab and foreign investors, and communicates with them to listen to their ideas, as with the conference organised by the ministry to present investment opportunities to Arab and foreign investors.

AlSaleh said that Green Goal was founded in 2015 and has started actively marketing sponsorship, advertising, and organising matches, and is currently associated with more than 20 Saudi clubs in the professional and first division.

He added that last year the company added sportswear activity by acquiring a power of attorney from Italy’s Aeria, and is currently contracting with Al Hilal’s volleyball team, the leading club and one of the Premier League.

Furthermore, there are significant expansions for the company in 2019/20, through the addition of work in the camps and the activities of players and trainers, and the establishment of legal and mathematical management, and the work to achieve the goal of the company since its inception is to make Green Goal the Arab Sports House, the general manager added.

AlSaleh pointed out that, personally, he was behind Al Ahly contracting with Sporta before the establishment of the company, and was the founder of the idea, and linked all parties from the Saudi company and Al Ahly club, and completed his role by signing the contract then established by Green Goal with one of the partners, until it became one of the largest companies in sports investments in Saudi Arabia.

Sporta has signed a contract with Al Ahly to offer the team’s clothes since 2014, but the Saudi company decided to unilaterally terminate the contract last September, as a number of Al Ahly fans chanted slogans insulting Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Saudi Entertainment Authority and the former honorary president of the club.

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Fanzir plans to launch 3 projects, open HQ in Egypt: Aljishi https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/22/fanzir-plans-to-launch-3-projects-open-hq-in-egypt-aljishi/ Wed, 22 May 2019 11:30:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698782 Projects depends on return of spectators to stadiums

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The Dubai-based Fanzir, a sports social network platform focused on football, plans to launch three investment projects in Egypt in the coming period.

Fanzir held several meetings with the management of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to create an application for the Egyptian Premier League, Ahmed Aljishi, director of public relations and board member of the company, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that ads would be allowed in the application, with their proceeds shared by the EFA, the premier league clubs, and Fanzir. The clubs’ shares will vary depending on their popularity.

An option will be added in the app where users can choose their preferred clubs, and thus establish a database of the clubs’ fans, that can be considered as an official count of each club’s fans.

He explained that the company has not yet determined the budget of the project in Egypt, and there will be a meeting of the company during the month to determine the budget required for the project.

Ahmed Aljishi

Aljishi pointed out that the EFA has welcomed the idea, and the joint meeting was fruitful, noting that the company is willing to open a headquarters in Cairo to implement this project.

He revealed that his company also plans to launch a website for sports tourism in cooperation with the Kooora website of the Kuwaiti investor Khaled Al Dosari and Nayef Jaber, the official partner of Barcelona SC to sell football match tickets in all stadiums across the world.

Aljishi pointed out that the new project in Egypt depends on the return of spectators to stadiums and the organisation of stadium seats electronically as in Europe, but the website will focus mainly on European clubs aside from Barcelona, as there are preliminary agreements with AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus in Italy, and there are negotiations with Atletico Madrid in Spain. The project’s total investments are worth $1.5m.

Aljishi added that the company’s plans in Egypt also includes to implement SportCafe projects, which are currently being studied and will be launched in cooperation with the ministry of youth and sports. “We will meet with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, soon to discuss the project and the possible locations for the project. Each branch will cost up to EGP 75m,” he added.

He said that Egypt is a breeding ground for sports investment. The ministry of youth and sports works on attracting investors and encourage new ideas, but the problem with Arab investors is always the fear of entering new markets or fields.

Fanzir has just started in Egypt and is still in the discussion phase, so it has not yet faced any challenges, but the company has big ambitions in Egypt and aims to compete with Facebook.

“We do not think about buying an Egyptian club. We may buy a European club like the Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mousaed who bought Sheffield United for only £1 and pledged to pay its debts and managed to take it to the top-tier of English football, which encourages us to repeat the experience, but investing in Arab clubs is unlikely now,” he said.

The Saudi prince acquired 50% of the club’s shares in return for injecting £10m of investments.

Regarding Pyramids FC in Egypt, Aljishi believes it is impossible for a newly purchased club to make profits in the first season, and it also takes some time to assess the experience, but competing over the league title is a huge success in the first season and securing a third place would also be a major achievement.

He added that calculating a club’s achievements relies on the goals of its owners. Is it a matter of winning titles, gaining profits from selling players, or establishing a trademark?

Ahmed Aljishi with Daily News Egypt reporter

Aljishi praised the Pyramids FC experience for attracting foreign sponsorship, namely Sela Sport and Saudi Arabian Airlines, which was good for the Egyptian league and opens the door for clubs to follow suit.

Fanzir was founded by three Saudi partners who shared passion for football. There were no specialised sports apps in the Arab world. This was the reason for launching the application. The idea started in 2014 and the app was launched in April 2017. The first version was not satisfactory so it was cancelled and a new version was introduced. Now, the application has 35,000 users, including 10,000 users from Egypt without any promotions or advertisements, through cooperation with social media influencers.

The application includes sections of assessment, anticipation, and tactics. It also allows the user to live the experience of coaching a football team before the game, and participate in the post-match analysis studio to assess the players after the game, and at the end of the season gives a full assessment of what each player provided.

Aljishi said that the cost of the project so far is about $1m and has not turned revenues so far. The company has a special thinking in this point, as it wants to increase the value of the brand through developing the project and not just make profits. The company is currently in negotiations with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and the UAE Football Association.

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Egypt name national team’s initial squad for AFCON 2019 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/21/egypt-name-national-teams-initial-squad-for-afcon-2019/ Tue, 21 May 2019 19:28:44 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698681 The team is expected to enter a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria on 6 June to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June at Borg El Arab Stadium

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The coaching staff of Egypt’s national football team, led by Javier Aguirre, has announced the initial squad of the Pharaohs in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) to be held in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

The team is expected to enter a closed camp in Borg El Arab, Alexandria on 6 June to prepare for two friendly matches against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June at Borg El Arab Stadium. The squad saw the return of Abdullah El Saeed, Waleed Soliman, Ahmed Ali (top scorer of the Egyptian Premier League), and Ali Ghazal who plays in the Portuguese league.

The squad included 17 players in the local league, including five players from Pyramids, who are Ahmed El Shenawy, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Nabil Emad, Omar Gaber, and Abdullah El Saeed. This is in addition to four players from Al Ahly who are Mohamed El Shenawy, Ayman Ashraf, Marawan Mohsen, and Waleed Soliman. Four players on the list are from Zamalek, including Mahmoud Abdelreheem, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mahmoud Alaa, and Tarek Hamed, in addition to two players from Smouha SC, who are Mohamed Abo Gabal, and Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, a player from Ismaily, Baher El Mohamady, and a player from the Arab Contractors, Ahmed Ali, in addition to eight players, including Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich), Mohamed El Ninny (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Ali Gazal (Feirense), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Ahmed Hassan (Olympiacos), and Trezeguet (Kasimpasa).

In AFCON, Egypt was placed in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.

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