Wednesday 23 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Egypt debut in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) this weekend at home to formidable Morocco, ending an unexplained nine-year absence from the competition. Matches in the biennial competition carry full international status despite being restricted to footballers registered with clubs in their country of birth. It was introduced by CAF in 2008 amid concerns that home-based stars were getting few national team opportunities with compatriots playing in Europe dominating squads. The Nations Championship has grown quickly in popularity and crowd appeal and 49 of 54 CAF members entered the 2018 tournament, with Kenya hosting the finals next January. Egypt, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome e Principe make their first appearances this weekend, leaving Cape Verde...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
For Egypt's Special Olympics athletes, a lack of snow in their homeland did not stop them winning medals at this year's Winter Games. They trained on a surface that Egypt has plenty of: sand. The four-member snowshoe team of two men and two women with learning disabilities had never seen snow before arriving in Austria for the tournament in March, but they were prepared: winning gold in the relay as well as individual medals. They trained for two months by...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/17)
West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi on a season-long loan deal from Al Ahly, the Premier League side said on Monday. The 26-year-old caught the eye of Baggies boss Tony Pulis during the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, in which the centre-back helped Egypt to a runners-up finish. West Brom have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of next season, and Pulis is delighted to have got his...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
Al-Ahly coach Hossam El Badry has been suspended for one match by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after boycotting a press conference over the presence of the Qatari-owned BeIn Sports channel. Egypt and several of its allies cut diplomatic relations with Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting extremism. The Eygptian FA and its respective clubs then decided to boycott BeIn Sports as a result. On June 20, ahead of Al-Ahly's CAF Champions League match against Wydad Casablanca of...
(AFP (eng) 06/04/17)
A howler from USM Alger goalkeeper Mohamed Zemmamouche allowed Zamalek of Egypt to grab a 1-1 draw on Saturday in a CAF Champions League clash. Algerians USM were heading for a shock Group B win at the 90,000-seat Borg El Arab Stadium near Alexandria after taking a 30th-minute lead through Farouk Chafai. But in the fourth minute of stoppage time, captain Zemmamouche dropped a cross at the feet of grateful Zambian Emmanuel Mayuka, who scored from close range. Former Southampton...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Cameroonian city Garoua proved a happy hunting ground once again for Al Ahly of Egypt as they beat Coton Sport 2-0 on Tuesday in the CAF Champions League. Moemen Zakareya created the first goal for Nigerian Junior Ajayi after 12 minutes and scored the second two minutes later in Group D at Stade Omnisports. Record eight-time African champions Ahly clinched the 2008 title in Garoua by forcing a 2-2 second-leg draw with Coton having built a two-goal lead at home...
(AFP (eng) 05/17/17)
Shaimaa Haridy smashed the Islamic Solidarity Games records as she cruised to women's +90kg victory in the final session of the weightlifting on Wednesday, while teammate Dina Barakat made it two for Egypt. Haridy won without breaking sweat with a record 275kg overall, before the -90kg clean and jerk record was broken twice as Barakat prevented Clementine Meukeugni Noubissi from claiming Cameroon's first ever gold medal at the Games. Haridy was always going to win the title if she could...
(AFP (eng) 05/16/17)
Egypt boosted their hopes of increasing a disappointing medal tally at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games as two of their boxers reached the semi-finals on Tuesday. Eslam Mohamed and Abdelrahman Abdelgawwad both overcame Algerian opposition to guarantee themselves at least a bronze medal in the light-welterweight (64kg) and light-heavyweight (81kg) categories respectively. Egypt have so far claimed just four gold medals in Baku, a far cry from the 26 they picked up at the 2013 Solidarity Games in Indonesia. Mohamed...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
Nigerian Stanley Okawuchi scored a soft late goal to ensure Zamalek of Egypt made a winning start Friday in the CAF Champions League group phase. The five-time champions scored twice in the second half to overcome plucky CAPS United of Zimbabwe 2-0 during matchday 1 in Mediterranean city Alexandria. Several squandered chances and acrobatic saves from CAPS goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda kept the Group B clash goalless until half-time at the Borg Al Arab Stadium. But Sibanda was at fault for...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/17)
An Egyptian court upheld Monday death sentences against 10 people convicted over rioting that claimed 74 lives at a stadium in Port Said in 2012, judicial and security officials said. The ruling by the Court of Cassation, which is final, excluded an 11th defendant who remains at large after his death penalty was also confirmed in June 2015 by another court. The court also upheld sentences of life imprisonment for 10 people and five years for 12 others, including Port...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Nigeria and Egypt will lead 14 other African countries to this year's International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany. The qualification of the participating teams was based on their attendance of continental tournament held in Agadir, Morocco in 2016, while other African countries that will join Nigeria and Egypt for the tournament are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia. According to the list...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(BBC News Africa 02/07/17)
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has been assured he has the full support of the Egyptian Football Association after losing the Africa Cup of Nations final. The Pharaohs were beaten 2-1 by Cameroon on Sunday. "He will stay as head coach, we like what he is doing with the team," said EFA president Hany Abo Rida. "We are in a good place in World Cup qualification and we dream we can reach the tournament in Russia in 2018. We all support...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/17)
Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday. Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given Egypt the lead midway through the first half and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unrivalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in their first appearance at the tournament since 2010. But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute.
(AFP (eng) 02/04/17)
Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening. These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana. But at the outset of the tournament in Gabon it was the likes of Algeria, Senegal and defending champions...
(AFP (eng) 02/04/17)
When Essam El Hadary, the Egypt goalkeeper who will start in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final, made his international debut, his current teammate Ramadan Sobhi had not yet been born. First capped in 1996, El Hadary was the man whose saves in a penalty shoot-out against Burkina Faso on Wednesday took the Pharaohs through to a date with Cameroon in Libreville. The combined age of the two Burkinabe players he thwarted -- Bertrand Traore and goalkeeper Herve Koffi are...
(BBC News Africa 02/03/17)
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary foresaw that he would save the penalties that took his side through to the Africa Cup of Nations final. The 44-year-old kept out Burkina Faso's last two spot-kicks to win the shootout for Egypt in Wednesday's semi-final. "I had a feeling that I was going to save the final two penalties," he said. "When we went to the shootout, our 2006 title win crossed my mind," he added, recalling his penalty shootout save from Didier...

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