Sampdoria and Genk keeping tabs on Egyptian keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy

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Zamalek’s goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy (R) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s William Jebor (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) Semi Final first leg soccer match between Zamalekand Wydad Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 September 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 20:00

Italian media reports reveal that Serie A giants Sampdoria and Belgium’s KRC Genk are keeping tabs on Egyptian international goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper, who has a $1.5 million release clause in his Zamalek contract, has been a regular this season having made 110 appearances since joining from Al Masry in 2012.

According to Calciomercato, he could head to Italy or Belgium as both clubs are interested in his services.

Sampodria have Italy international Emiliano Viviano, Christian Puggioni, Titas Krapikas and Andrea Tozzo in their goalkeeping department and will look to strengthen it with El-Shennawy.

Meanwhile, Genk’s goalkeeping options are Danny Vukovic, Nordin Jackers and Gaëtan Coucke, but the Egyptian is more experienced at international level.

El-Shennawy was part of the Zamalek team that won the domestic double in 2015 and has also lifted the Egypt Cup title with the White Knights in 2016.

He made his international debut in 2011 against Niger in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers, going on to make 28 appearances for the Pharaohs this far.

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Player Spotlight: Mohamed Salah – ‘The Egyptian winger’s goalscoring record is ridiculous’ – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 19:00

English international Joe Gomez has described Salah’s goalscoring record since his move to Liverpool as ‘ridiculous’.

This is after the Egyptian international hit the back of the net for the Reds in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the Anfield Stadium in an English Premier League game.

Salah, who broke the deadlock in the 65th minute against his former side, netted his 15th goal of the season out of 20 competitive appearances for the Reds.

As a result, the 25-year-old is the league’s top goalscorer with 10 goals having joined Liverpool from Italian side AS Roma prior to the current season.

“He’s come in and he’s been a massive addition to us, unbelievable. The goals he has scored but also his general play, his link-up,” Gomez told Liverpool’s official website.

“Our whole attacking force is quality, everybody knows that, so hopefully he can keep doing it for us.”

Salah’s goal was ultimately cancelled out by a late goal from Chelsea substitute Willian, but Gomez remained keen to take the positives from an industrious performance.

“I think we battled well and were aggressive from the start. We dominated generally, created some good chances and Mo got another goal for us, then we looked like we were going to hold on,” the 20-year-old said about his club teammate.

“But it was a decent bit of a skill [from Willian], I don’t know whether he meant it or not but it’s unlucky for us and disappointing not to get all three points.

“We knew they’d have the wing-backs wide and Hazard and Morata would come and pick up the ball and do what they do,” he continued.

“We were wary of their threats and did our best to try and stop them. We had our fair bit of play as well – they had their chances but so did we.

“They’re a top side, they’re champions, so we’ve got to take the positives.”

Salah will be keen to continue his scoring form for Liverpool when they face Stock City away in a league game on Wednesday.

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Egyptian legend says Mohamed Salah led the whole World Cup campaign – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 12:30

Egyptian legend Hazem Emam has praised the Pharaohs and Liverpool player Mohamed Salah, labeling him as s hero after their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Emam helped the North African nation to win the 1998 Nations Cup and earned 87 caps for Egypt.

He says Salah must be credited for the country’s qualification to the global showpiece.

The Reds winger played a crucial role in their penultimate World Cup qualifier as he scored twice to beat Congo 2-1 in October – a result which confirmed their ticket to the tournament.


“Salah is the man behind our qualification to the World Cup,” Emam said to the BBC.

“When we qualified in 1990, it was more of a team effort. This time, Salah was the leader of the whole campaign.

“Nobody in the history of Egypt has reached such a level in world football and been so successful with the national team.”

Meanwhile, Salah had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to Russia, scoring five and assisting in two as coach Hector Cuper’s men returned to the tournament for the first time since 1990.

The speedy winger also continues to make waves in the English Premier League after netting a brace for the Reds as they beat Southampton 3-0 at home on Saturday.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah – ‘The Egyptian star could score 70 goals this season’ – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 19:00

The 25-year-old has been in scintillating form for Liverpool FC, who are amongst the clubs challenging for this season’s English Premier League title.

Salah inspired the Reds to a 3-0 victory over Southampton in a league encounter which was played at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday by grabbing a brace.

The lethal winger, who joined Liverpool from Italian Serie A club AS Roma prior to the current season, is now the league’s top goalscorer with nine goals.

The brace took his tally up to 14 goals for this season having made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and he has been praised by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

“If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp told the media after the Southampton game.

“We [all] have these moments. He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.

“These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio (Mane) is able to do it. Gini (Georginio Wijnaldum) too. And Ox (Alex Oxlade Chamberlain) – he’s able to do it,” the German continued.

“But he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].”

Salah will be looking to continue his good scoring form when Liverpool face Spanish side Sevilla in an UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

He has scored five goals in six Champions League matches for the Reds.

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Egyptian Karim Hafez bags Player of the Month Award in France – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 14:30

Egyptian international defender, Karim Hafez is delighted after he was voted as the October Player of the Month by fans at Racing Club Lens.

The Pharaohs defender also spoke about his ambition to start for Egypt and his future with the French Ligue2 side after becoming one of the club’s stand-out performers for October.

“It’s a pleasure for me to be voted player of the month because it values ​​my work and what I do. It gives me a lot of motivation, the desire to be the best on the field, it also gives me strength to help the team and the club, that’s what I want,” Hafez said.


“Two goals and one assist, I’m very happy. I would like to help the team even more, work more for the club and myself, go higher.

“The situation is difficult but we are working with the coach and we still have four matches in the first leg, we will try to do our best, win these four games and take 12 points. And I would like us to start the return phase better than the first phase.

Hafez joined Lens in 2016 on loan from Lierse S.K., and had the deal renewed for a second season. He has described the Lens fans as incredible and said he was “happy” to play in front of them.

“I love this club, the fans, I like everything here. It’s a big club. I wish we had been promoted last season, but it’s football and we learn a lot. I’m still young so I learn a lot in football, I have time! But yes, I like this club.

“I do not know yet (regarding his future), I’m ready this year so we’ll see… I would like to go up to Ligue 1 with Lens, but in this situation it’s very difficult. I have to do my best this season, and we’ll see what happens next season.

“We played against Ghana and I played the whole game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Now, I will try to work very hard to secure a place in the starting line-up.”

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Mohamed Elneny credits coach Egyptian coach Hector Cuper for World Cup qualification – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Elneny of Egypt celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:00

Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed Elneny says their fans deserve to be happy after the Pharaohs returned to the FIFA World Cup.

Elneny spoke to the Arsenal official website stressing that Egypt’s fans deserved the recent hard-fought achievement of reaching the upcoming World Cup after a 27 years absence from the tournament.

The 25-year-old midfielder began his international career in 2011 and was a key member of Egypt’s qualifying squad.

“I am Mohamed Elneny and I’m going to tell you all about football in Egypt,” said the midfielder.

“In Egypt, football affects so many people. We are told all the time that the relationship between the people and football affects our economy and overall mood. It affects every house, rich and poor.

“When the national team wins, everyone is happy and productive, but when we lose the opposite happens no one wants to work and the mood becomes not good.

“The generation before us won three African Cup of Nations in a row (2006,2008 and 2010), played in the Confederations Cup, and they achieved so many things.

“They did everything but they didn’t qualify for the World Cup.

“I think we learned from that and our manager Mr. Hector Cuper looked into that too and managed to fix few things. This doesn’t mean that previous generation was doing it wrongly.

“Now we did it and reached the World Cup. We worked hard, and the manager had a plan all the way in the qualifiers and finally we achieved the target.”

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Egyptian FA boss reveals why they turned down a friendly against the USA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 15:00

The Egyptian Football Association’s chairman, Hany Abou-Rida has announced why they turned down an offer to play a friendly against the United States national team in January.

The Pharaohs are set to feature in their first FIFA World Cup since 1990 after finishing their qualifying group stage matches with a 1-1 draw against Ghana.

However, Abou-Rida says they cannot rush to play friendlies but will rather wait for the World Cup draw set be conducted at next month.

“We will not rush in playing a friendly. We will wait for the results of the draw and will schedule friendlies based on the international schedule,” Abou-Rida said to KingFut.

“I received an offer to play a friendly against the USA in January and refused to stop the league for a week and to play without the players abroad.

“I told the technical staff that it’s better to play friendlies with all the players especially since there are priorities including finishing the league season.

“The league this season has seen many strong games and comparable levels between the teams and we hope to produce new talents.”

On the other hand, the EFA boss adds that he’s not concerned with the results of the World Cup draw as Egypt will be placed in Pot 3.

“I do not care about the draw or who we wish to play since all the games in the World Cup will be hard. We will either play Brazil or Germany,” adds Abou-Rida.

“However, personally, I do not care about any team other than Germany who have been playing very well for the last two years.

“Brazil, on the other hand, play football in an open manner and have wonderful talent.”

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Egyptian giants Zamalek to pay Ghanaian striker Junior Agogo $450 000

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 15:00

Latest reports involving Zamalek and ex-Ghana striker Junior Agogo is that FIFA has given the Egyptian side three months to pay the player.

The world’s football governing body has handed the White Knights a three-month period to pay their former striker’s $450 000 unpaid wages.

Agogo joined Zamalek from English side Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2008, but terminated his contract with the Whites just nine months after joining them due to unpaid dues.

The former Black Stars international featured on 11 occasions, scoring just three goals for the team and took the club to FIFA to settle the matter.

Earlier this year, and after the striker filed a complaint against the Whites, Agogo received a letter from FIFA ordering Zamalek to pay him his remaining wages which valued around $450,000. reports that the club’s board decided to invite the player or his agent to come to Cairo to solve this issue, assuring that a bank account will be made for the Ghanaian to deposit his late dues.

Moreover, the board also pointed out that the three-month period starts after the club officially receives FIFA’s decision.

Should the Cairo giants fail to pay their former player, disciplinary actions by FIFA will be taken against them.

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Egyptian international Emad Meteb could exit Al Ahly

Ahly’s striker Emad Meteb

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 11:30

Al Ahly and Egyptian international striker, Emad Meteb’s agent has revealed that his client might leave the Red Devils sooner rather than later.

The agent, Nader Shawky, says Meteb might leave the club as he aims to get more game time to increase his chances of joining the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Recently, the veteran striker had thrown away his training bib in a show of disagreement with his coach’s substitution decision during Ahly’s league win over Al Ittihad.

However, the 34-year-old later told BBC Sport that his relationship with El-Badry is okay, yet his agent says the Pharaohs international will leave.


Shawky spoke about Meteb’s situation after former Zamalek winger ‘Shikabala’ has been called up to the Egypt squad ahead of the Ghana clash.

“Meteb wants to play in the World Cup which can only happen if he plays more matches. Shikabala (Mahmoud Abdel-Razik) is no better than him,” Shawky said.

“This could lead to his departure from Al Ahly in January if he does not take part in more matches with the team.”

Shawky said Meteb wants to play for a manager that believes in his capabilities and in a club where he plays regularly so he can be called up by Hector Cuper to join the national team.

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Bance leaves Egyptian side due to money issues

Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 18:30

Media reports in Egypt suggest that Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance has left Al Masry on Monday, saying he was fed up with the club’s failure to fulfill its financial obligations.

It is reported that the club has failed to meet its obligations towards him after the 33-year-old joined the Port Said-based club in the summer.

Bance netted three goals and provided two assists in Masry’s first seven Egyptian Premier League games so far.

However, he went AWOL after falling out with the club over late payments and has revealed the reasons behind his departure.


“Masry did not honour my agreement with them and the contract we had signed,” Bance told

“According to our agreement, the club should have bought a car and house for me but this did not happen … they should have also paid me part of my due money in August.

“After our draw with Ragaa and the loss against Ismaily, they said they will deduct money from the players but I have not even received any money to be deducted.

“I had to borrow some money from my friends to buy my flight tickets and leave Egypt.

“How can I focus on football at a time when the club can’t fulfill its promises?”

Masry said on their official website that they intend to file a complaint with world governing body FIFA against Bance, saying the towering frontman had missed training for two consecutive days to pressure the club into selling him.

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Egyptian star shoots down Free State

Ahmed Amr Gamal of Bidvest Wits celebrates his goal

Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 00:27

A brace from Egyptian Amr Gamal helped Bidvest Wits beat Free State Stars 4-2 in a Telkom Knockout, Last 16 match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

The encounter ended 2-2 after 90 minutes and it took extra time goals from Amr Gamal and James Keene to hand the Clever Boys a spot in the quarterfinals of the knockout competition.

The home side started the better of the two teams, but only made their dominance count in the 20th minute when Bongani Khumalo headed home a Gerald Phiri cross to give Wits the lead, 1-0.

The Clever Boys’ joy, though, was short-lived when Thabo Maphakisa equalised for Stars four minutes later after clinical strike from the edge of the box, 1-1.

Wits controlled the remainder of the half and were afforded a chance to take the lead a minute before the break when they were awarded a spot-kick.

Amr Gamal stepped up for the home side and dully converted from the penalty-spot to make it 2-1 ti Wits at the break.

The second half saw Stars applying all the pressure and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty of their own in the 77th minute which was converted by Siphelele Mthembu to draw the match level for the second time, 2-2.

Both sides pushed players forward in the final ten minutes of regular time, but neither could find the back of the net which meant we would have another 30 minutes of play.

Wits dominated extra time and took the lead for the third time five minutes into the first half of extra time when Amr Gamal found the back of the net for the second time, 3-2.

The victory was sealed for Wits in the 26th minute of extra time when substitute James Keene cleverly lobbed the keeper in a one-on-one situation, 4-2.

Bidvest Wits (2) 4 (Khumalo 20’, Gamal 44’ pen + 95’, Keene 116’)

Free State Stars (1) 2 (Maphakisa 24’, Mthembu 77’ pen)


Wits: 1. Keet, 2. Allie, 4. Khumalo, 6. Scott, 7. Klate, 10. Gamal (20. Pienaar 101’), 11. Pelembe, 13. Hlanti, 19. Mlambo (30. Motshwari 70’), 21. Phiri (28. Keene 59’), 33. Frosler.

Stars: 23. Sangare, 19. Mbhele, 22. Keita, 28. Mahamutsa, 20. Mashego (9. Nono 99’), 5. Masehe, 26. Dlamini (17 Hlubi 68’), 21. Phungwayo, 13. Maphakisa (15. Mokhuoane 82’), 21. Mthembu, 11. Jantjie.

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Hector Cuper’s name will remain in Egyptian history – Ahmed Elmohamady – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 16:30

Despite receiving massive criticism, Egypt winger Ahmed Elmohamady has come out to defend coach Hector Cuper after meeting his target which was to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Aston Villa player said it doesn’t matter how the Argentine manager reached the global showpiece, but what is important is to qualify.

Elmohamady was speaking after the Pharaohs made a historic return to the global tournament for the first time 28 years after beating Congo 2-1 last Sunday in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier.


“Every coach, no matter the results, he will always face criticism. But I find this criticism completely misplaced and misguided,” he told

“You’re a manager brought in to coach a national team, with a mandate to take this team to the World Cup. And you have achieved that directive. Whichever way you’ve managed to accomplish that, that doesn’t matter.

“So of course, credit to him for this achievement and his name will be carved in the history of Egyptian football, that he has accomplished what hasn’t been done in 28 years, him and captain Mahmoud El Gohary in 1990, and the coach before that back in 1934.

“Hector Cuper’s name will remain forever in Egyptian football history. I hope the Egyptian FA thinks twice before making any decisions about his contract after Russia.

“I truly hope he remains with the national team for a long time because he is very special. All the players like him, and so do all staff members. I really hope they renew his contract after the World Cup.”

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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary still dreaming of reaching the World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after saving Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso penalty in shootout, embraced by Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 13:30

Egyptian and Al-Tawoun goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary has revealed his dream is to play at the FIFA World Cup.

The 44-year old says his appetite for success has not waned despite achieving 37 trophies in his football career.

El-Hadary wants to help the Pharaohs reach their first World Cup tournament in almost three decades.

“I did almost everything in my footballing career. I won 37 trophies and I enjoyed some remarkable moments such as our win over Italy at the 2009 Confederations Cup,” said El-Hadary to


“The only thing that is missing for me is a World Cup appearance.

“I’ve always been very determined and persistent to carry on playing; this is my character.

“The fact that I still have a chance to play at the World Cup makes me even more motivated to continue playing to realise this dream.”

The Pharaohs lead Group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup African qualifying campaign with nine points from four matches.

Should they beat the Red Devils of Congo at home and second-placed Uganda fail to beat Ghana next weekend (6-8 October), they will secure a spot in Russia.

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Egyptian duo handed life sentence for stampede

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 09:30

Two people have been imprisoned for life in Egypt over violence that led to a deadly stampede in 2015.

The Egyptian court jailed the two on Sunday after being found guilty for violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo in February 2015.

The BBC website reports that at least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans as they tried to push their way into Cairo’s Air Defence Stadium.


Twelve others have been sentenced to between two and 10 years for their part in the tragedy, while two others were acquitted.

The stampede took place during a match between Zamalek and Enppi. The game was one of the first top-flight matches that fans were allowed to attend.

The decision came after a ban on supporters after more than 70 people died in stadium riots in Port Said in 2012.

The defendants faced charges including murder, thuggery and vandalism, and were accused of clashing with police, leading to the stampede.

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Egyptian striker will score more goals

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 16:00

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to bag more than 10 goals in the 2017/18 English Premiership.

Carragher has tipped Salah to succeed after netting his first goal in the EPL against Watford last Saturday, which the Reds went on to draw 3-3.

Following his impressive performance, Carragher believes Salah can reach double figures in terms of goals for Jurgen Klopp’s men if his teammates understand him well.

“He’s a wide man who looks obsessed with scoring goals in terms of making that run to put himself through, and the big thing about wide players,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“If you want to be successful you’ve got to be getting double figures. Certainly at a top club.

“There’s too many wide players who will go a season scoring one or two goals, and the reason is because they hug the touchline, but never come away from the touchline.

“At times I’ve said I’d like him maybe to come a little bit wider, just to create that space. People may work him out if he plays so narrow, [then] there’s no space to run.

“But there’s no doubt with him and (Sadio) Mane on the other side, not classic wingers getting down the line and getting crosses in, those two players will score goals as we saw at the weekend.”

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Jordan FA issue an apology to Egyptian FA

Staff Reporter

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 18:00

Following a scuffle during the final of the Arab Club Championship (ACC) in Alexandria on Sunday, the Jordan Football Association has issued an apology.

In a statement regretting the “out-of-line” behaviour of players and officials from Jordanian club Al-Faisaly, the JFA has openly regretted the behaviour.

Referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din was physically assaulted after a disputed extra-time goal that put Tunisia’s Esperance ahead 3-2, handing them a win.

El-Din was assaulted by players and technical staff of Al-Faisaly, a move which prompted the police to intervene.


“The association regrets the incidents that occurred after the final game. What happened conflicts with our ethics and the traditions of which we are proud,” reads a statement from the JFA.

“The JFA are in communication with the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) to make further investigations into the totally unacceptable manners.”

The association also hailed the cooperation between Arab nations in putting together the tournament, expressing particular thanks to Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz has also confirmed that he received an official apology from his Jordanian counterpart on behalf of the Al-Faisaly contingent.

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Former Egyptian international backs Elneny to become a regular at Arsenal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 15:00

Former Egypt international, Mohamed Abou-Treika has praised Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny after winning the 2017 FA Community Shield.

The Pharaohs international helped Arsenal lift their first trophy of the season after a 4-1 win over Chelsea on penalties on Sunday after the game ended 1-1.

Although he is linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, the 25-year-old has dismissed reports that he could be leaving Arsenal.

Following his exploits during the match, the ex-Al Ahly player believes Elneny can become a regular for the FA Cup champions.

“Elneny produced a fantastic performance,” Treika told beIN Sports.

“Announcing that he’ll stay with Arsenal is good. He proved he could compete for a regular spot in the squad.

“Arsene Wenger loves players who carry out his instructions and Elneny played as a centre-back and as a midfielder and this is definitely a positive thing for Wenger.”

The French manager has moved Elneny out of his usual central midfield role in pre-season and utilised him at centre-back during the team’s recent friendlies.

Elneny joined Arsenal from FC Basel in January 2016 and has made a total of 41 appearances across all competitions for the London-based outfit whilst netting one goa

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Egyptian giants Wadi Degla sign DRC and Burkinabe internationals

Issouf Ouattara of Burkina Faso during the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013 match between Burkina Faso and Togo on the 03 February 2013 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit ©Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 13:00

Egyptian Premier League giants Wadi Degla have signed Burkina Faso international Issouf Ouattara and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rudy Manga.

The move for the Burkinabe international comes after he terminated his contract with Cyprus’ Ermis Aradippou.

Ouattara has reportedly failed to score in seven appearances in Cyprus and will join Wadi Degla on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has featured for Portuguese sides União Leiria and Trofense, France’s Nîmes Olympique, Chernomorets Burgas of Bulgaria, Libya’s Al-Nasr Benghazi, and lastly Ermis Aradippou.

He has also represented the Stallions nine times, scoring once against Seychelles in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

On the other hand, coach Mido has also secured the services of DR Congo’s Manga who becomes the seventh signing this summer.

Manga joins Wadi Degla this summer after Mohamed Abdel Monsef, Ahmed Samir, Ahmed Magdi, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Hassan and Ouattara.

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Egyptian El-Hadary happy to sign for Saudi side – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 13:00

Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary says he is excited with his move to the Saudia Arabian side Al-Tawoun.

The Pharaohs veteran has completed his move to the Saudi league on a one-year deal.

Following his move on June 28, the keeper became the first foreign goalkeeper in the Saudi Pro League as the Saudi Football Federation had recently lifted a ban on signing foreign keepers.


It is reported that the four-time Africa Cup of Nations champion assured that he will do his best to achieve a number of goals with his new club.

The 44-year-old net minder has also praised the club’s board for signing Zamalek’s winger Mostafa Fathi on a one-year loan deal.

“I have a new challenge now with Al-Taawoun and I will aim to do my best to win this challenge,” El-Hadary said.

“I want to perform well with the club first for myself and then for those who trust me and my potentials.

“Mostafa Fathi is young, promising and talented. I am happy that he joined the club.

“I am really happy I moved to Al-Taawoun and I would like to retire here.”

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Salah becomes first Egyptian player to join Liverpool FC – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool. CREDIT: Twitter @LFC

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 12:00

Egypt international Mohamed Salah says he wants to win a major trophy with his new English Premier League (EPL) club, Liverpool FC.

The Reds announced on Thursday night that the 25-year-old winger had joined them on a long-term deal from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

“I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy,” Salah told the club’s official website.

“I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.

The speedy winger is looking forward to working with German tactician Jurgen Klopp, who guided Liverpool to a top four finish in the EPL last season.

“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100 per cent to win something,” he added.

“Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”

Salah, who is a former Chelsea midfielder, is the first Egyptian player to join Liverpool and he will wear jersey number 11 at his new club.

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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in talks with Saudi Arabia club

Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after saving Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso penalty in shootout during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 11:00

News reports in Egypt have revealed that Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is currently in talks with Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawoun.

The experienced net minder could be on his way to the Saudi league as he recently expressed interest in plying his trade in the Arabian country.

Latest reports indicate that the Saudi Football Federation has since decided to allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers as part of their non-domestic four players list.

This move by the SFF has sparked interest in the 44-year-old as he expressed his approval of this decision, saying he is open to considering any offer from the Saudi league.

According to the report, the club aims to sign the Pharaohs legend to join the team in an expensive deal that will be backed by Al-Taawoun’s supporter Turki Al-Alshikh.

The former Al Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily goalkeeper, who had an important role in helping Egypt reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon, has not made his decision yet.

However, rumours also suggest he could be moving to Egyptian Premier League second-placed Misr El-Maqassa, which was denied by El-Maqassa’s president.

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Egyptian goalkeeping legend Essam El-Hadary wants to play in Saudi Arabia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 17:00

Egyptian goalkeeping legend Essam El-Hadary has expressed his interest in a Jameel League move after the Saudi Football Federation decided on a new policy regarding goalkeepers.

It is reported that the SFF has decided to allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers as part of the non-domestic four players list.

In the wake of that decision, El-Hadary has since expressed his approval of this decision, saying this step will not harm the Saudi National Team nor the Saudi League.


Speaking to MBC Pro Sports, the 44-year-old believes the decision will help goalkeepers to develop.

“All European leagues allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers. This is a perfect opportunity for goalkeepers to gain experience and develop,” said El-Hadary to MBC Pro Sports.

“After this decision, I’m open to consider any offer from the Saudi league. If the suitable offer arrives, why not hang my gloves in Saudi Arabia?.”

The veteran keeper could add to four Egyptian internationals who plied trades in Saudi Arabia last season such as Sherif Hazem, Ahmed Magdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Mahmoud Abdel Moneim ‘Kahraba’.

The former Zamalek goalkeeper has 153 international caps for the Pharaohs and was part of the squad at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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