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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-11-28 09:29:44
The IOC has given Egypt one year to bring its sports legislation in line with Olympic standards. Egyptian and Olympic officials met in Lausanne to review the situation in the country. Egypt has been embroiled in unrest since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July. The International Olympic Committee says the sports law in force in Egypt since 1975 "needs to be updated and revised to make it fully compatible with the basic standards of the Olympic movement." New draft legislation should be completed within six months. The whole process, including adoption of the new law, should be done within a year. The IOC says, in the meantime, the Egyptian government "will not interfere in any manner whatsoever" with sports federations and clubs. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-11-21 10:09:28
An Egyptian court sentenced former Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan in absentia on Wednesday to six years in prison after he was convicted of issuing three bad cheques to an Egyptian real estate company. Arab Company for Projects and Urban Development initiated the suit against Zidan, who is believed to be abroad, earlier this year. The 31-year-old has been out of action since leaving United Arab Emirates club Baniyas last January. He now works as a television pundit for Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera Sports, although he hasn't formally announced his retirement from the game. Zidan helped Egypt win two African Cup of Nations titles, in 2008 and 2010. However, his spell with the Pharaohs was marred by consistent disciplinary problems and accusations of feigning injury. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-11-19 10:00:45
While the Los Angeles Lakers have made a better start to this season than many had expected in the absence of Kobe Bryant, there is no question that their 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sorely missed. The Lakers have lurched between a few surprising wins, most notably against the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, and several disappointing losses, where they suffered due to the lack of a dominating presence in the final quarter. Bryant is widely regarded as one of the greatest closers in the game and his teammates are eagerly awaiting the return of the 'Black Mamba,' who has been sidelined since mid-April with a torn left Achilles' tendon. "He's so intelligent that he helps guys get in the right spots and makes the game a lot easier not only for myself but for the whole team," backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks told reporters. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-31 08:10:54
Egypt, trailing 6-1 from the first leg, have been cleared by FIFA to host the World Cup playoff return match against Ghana in Cairo despite safety concerns. The Ghana FA had urged soccer's ruling body to find "a safe and secure venue" on neutral territory for the November 19 game following recent violence in the Egyptian capital. However, FIFA on Wednesday confirmed Cairo as the venue after a visit by inspectors and a demand that Egypt provide security guarantees, it said in a letter to both countries released by the Ghana FA. The winners of the playoff will qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil. FIFA said the Confederation of African Football's decision to stage the Champions League final at Cairo's Air Defense Stadium on November 10 shows the situation in Egypt is getting "back to normal". Egypt will allow fans to watch both games after previously banishing big matches to a small stadium in El Gouna on the Red Sea coast and away from major urban areas. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-26 08:06:06
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Gareth Bale is finally ready to show his best form after a series of niggling injuries. The Welshman has started just once since joining Los Blancos for a reported €91 million at the beginning of September. Bale returned from a thigh problem to win a penalty in last weekend's 2-0 win over Malaga, but was largely ineffective as a second-half substitute as Madrid beat Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday. However, Ancelotti hinted that he could start in Real's biggest game of the season to date when they travel to face Barcelona on Saturday. "It is true that he didn't have an easy time (when he arrived), but he has worked hard. "We used the period of the international break to improve his condition and now, in my opinion and his opinion, he is ready to play from the beginning. "When he begins to play it will be the real Bale." More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-18 08:32:03
Playing drums, blowing deafening plastic trumpets and chanting famous stadium-oriented slogans to cheer on their national team, Egyptian fans in Ghana hoped their support would eventually count to silence their overly-optimistic Ghanaian counterparts. Egypt would not repay the faith of their fans, with one of their worst-ever defeats leaving the supporters licking their wounds, with some questioning the commitment of a squad packed with promising footballers and several veterans. The 6-1 defeat the Pharaohs suffered in Kumasi in the first leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff makes their task to reach the football’s most prestigious tournament nearly impossible, according to American coach Bob Bradley who bore the brunt of a rare dismal performance under his guidance. Egypt’s visiting contingent realized that the optimism of the enthusiastic Ghanaians was justified. But it was too late. The bus carrying Egyptian fans in Ghana, secured by two police vehicles en route from Accra to Kumasi, was repeatedly greeted with 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 signs from Ghanaian passersby. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-16 08:59:28
Even before he moved to his new job, Bob Bradley knew something of how football and politics can cross. Prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the then USA coach and his squad were invited to the White House to meet President Obama and the former president Bill Clinton. Clinton then attended the Yanks' round-of-16 match in Rustenburg – which the USA lost 2-1 to Ghana. Of course, the White House's involvement was a harmless photo opportunity. But as coach of the Egyptian national team since September 2011, Bradley has experienced a whole new game of political football. "I think in many countries in the world there is a connection between football and politics ", says Bradley, 55. "But when you consider what happened in January 2011 and the role that Ultras played in that, I think that connection is even greater in Egypt." January 2011 was the start of Egypt's Arab Spring. A month later, President Hosni Mubarak resigned after 30 years in power. At the heart of the revolution that displaced him were the hardcore fans of Egypt's two biggest clubs, Al-Ahly and Zamalek – otherwise known as the Ultras. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-16 08:43:02
Ghana stunned Egypt 6-1 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Tuesday, with Asamoah Gyan’s fifth-minute goal kicking off a dominant performance that makes the Black Stars overwhelming favorites to be one of the five African teams in Brazil next year. Ghana captain Gyan scored in each half, while Egypt captain Wael Gomaa conceded an own goal to underline a disastrous first leg for the visitors. Chasing a first trip to the World Cup in over 20 years, Egypt under former United States coach Bob Bradley had appeared on course for a long-awaited qualification by battling through two years of violent unrest at home to make the final 10-team playoffs. The record seven-time African champion has only played in two previous World Cups. But Ghana, the 2010 World Cup quarterfinalist and Africa’s best-performing team three years ago, was way too strong at home at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to put itself in prime position to progress, even with Egypt’s home leg to come next month. Bradley said it was now “nearly impossible” for Egypt to qualify. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-15 05:58:15
Egypt are aware they need to give their fans back home something to cheer about and, to do so, they will have a remove a tough hurdle in their to bid to end a 24-year wait for a World Cup appearance. Football remains a source of pride for a turmoil-stricken country that is struggling to restore order in the aftermath of the army's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July. Headline-grabbing news about regular clashes and death tolls are likely to make way for Egypt's anticipated game against Ghana in Kumasi in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff on Tuesday. "For me, when I came to Egypt everyone talked about the dream of going to the World Cup," said American coach Bob Bradley, who took over from highly-successful boss Hassan Shehata who, despite leading the Pharaohs to three consecutive Nations Cup titles, failed to end their lengthy World Cup drought. "There have been all sorts of challenges in the year and half that I have been in Egypt. The country changes every day, but one thing that never changes is this dream to go to the World Cup, and every time we have a chance to get together with the players this is what we focus on. "In Egypt, everyone speaks about their World Cup dream, regardless of their political background. Qualification could indicate that the country is moving forward." Egypt can take heart from a perfect record in the group-stage, during which they collected maximum 18 points from six games, but Ghana are far more tougher than the likes of Guinea, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Ghana bagged 15 points in Group D to beat 2012 Nations Cup winners Zambia to a place in the final two-legged playoff, scoring 18 goals and conceding only three in the process. Their brick wall at the back will be sternly tested against an Egypt side known for their counter-attacking abilities after defensive trio Jonathan Mensah, John Boye and Isaac Vorsah were ruled out of the game due to injuries. "We did a lot of work. We studied Ghana well; we respect them, but at the same time we are a good team," Bradley said of the Black Stars, whose last competitive meeting against Egypt ended in a 1-0 defeat in the 2010 Nations Cup final. "We must be smart in Kumasi. We need to play with the right mentality; intellectually but with confidence." Ghana will also be without influential midfield duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mohammed Rabiu but their rich squad still includes the likes of Chelsea’s Michael Essien and Rubin Kazan’s Mubarak Wakaso.'Big game' "It's a big game. It's a game which is important to all Ghanaians and every member on my team is aware of that," Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said. "Egypt are seven-time African champions and trying to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990. That will give them some added boost going into the game." Egypt will be keen to erase the bitter memories of the last time they took part in a World Cup playoff. In 2009, they forced a decider against Algeria after scoring deep into stoppage time to claim a dramatic 2-0 in Cairo, sparking wild celebrations in the football-mad country. However, a sense of apparent complacency took its toll on the team, who slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Sudan to miss out on the 2010 South Africa finals. Boosted by the return from injury of forward Mohamed Nagy 'Gedo', who scored the remarkable winner over Ghana in 2010, Egypt will almost be at full-strength in Kumasi. Classy playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika, rock-solid defender Wael Gomaa and central midfielder Hossam Ghaly - the trio who were part of Egypt's so-called golden generation - are aware it would be their last chance to experience World Cup football in the twilight of their careers. The three men were the pillars of a powerful Egyptian side under Shehata but something is still missing in their list of honours. "We promise all Egyptians that we will do our best to go to Brazil, especially following our good results in the previous round. We respect their players, but we are determined to win," Ahly's veteran defender Gomaa said. Source : Ahram
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-13 07:25:49
Egypt have been asked to provide security guarantees following Ghana's request to move next month's World Cup playoff out of Cairo because of safety fears. FIFA have responded to Ghana's request to relocate the match to a neutral venue by giving the Egyptian Football Association an October 28 deadline to provide comprehensive security assurances for the second leg of the playoff tie between the countries. The aggregate winner will qualify for next year's finals in Brazil. FIFA said they would consider switching the venue for the November 19 match from Cairo if they are not satisfied with the security plans. "Although all our hopes and wishes sincerely expect that the security situation (in Egypt) will go back to normal in a definite manner we would need to consider alternatives in the event that this were not the case in November," FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote in a letter to both associations. Ghana released it to reporters on Saturday. More»