Sports – Daily News Egypt https://www.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 23 May 2019 01:41:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Tazkarty, online booking for AFCON tickets launched https://www.dailynewssegypt.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.dailynewssegypt.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.dailynewssegypt.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.dailynewssegypt.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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Why Egypt dominates squash: juniors’ training plans, says Khalifa https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/21/why-egypt-dominates-squash-juniors-training-plans-says-khalifa/ Tue, 21 May 2019 12:00:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698646 We rely on Ministry of Youth, Sports for funding

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Egyptian squash occupies a significant position in the world at the present time, where the top 10 rankings in early May included five Egyptian players, comprised of four players in the top five ranks, namely Ali Farag, Mohamed Shorbagy, Tarek Moamen, and Karim Abdel Gawad, in addition to Mohamed Aboul Ghar in ninth place.

On the women’s level, the list of top 10 players in the world includes four Egyptian women, among them are the first three players, Renem Al-Waili, Noor Sherbiny, and Nour El Tayeb, along with Nouran Gohar in seventh place.

With this great distinction and clear Egyptian control of the game in the world, Daily News Egypt spoke with Assem Khalifa, head of the Egyptian Squash Federation, about the reasons for the success of the game in Egypt, and the plans of the federation to maintain this excellence, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What explains the superiority of the Egyptian squash globally during this period?

Squash in the whole world happens to be controlled by some countries, such as sometimes England, Australia, and Pakistan. Egypt is one of the oldest unions established in 1931. There was Egyptian control over intermittent times, such as Abdul Wahid Abdul Aziz, Abdel Fattah Abutaleb, and others. With the current federation, we put a plan based on the continuity of generations, started 10 years ago. We dealt with squash as a product that needs a lifecycle to reach the production stage. The main dependence in this plan is spending on the juniors’ sector, as developing squash champions needs seven years, starting with youngsters who are 10-years-old.

What are the sources of funding?

We rely on plans with the ministry of youth and sports. We present a study to the ministry against results. With these results, we are fully committed to the ministry. This has happened with all ministers who took the post, even the current minister, Ashraf Sobhy.

How much is the squash federation’s budget?

The budget is EGP 4-5m per year. We look at plans which require expenditures. We are working to provide private resources. We do not rely solely on government support. What happens is that we send out our plan for the size of the activity and the expenses involved–not a fixed figure. Sometimes, we continue what we did to maintain our plans with sponsors. We, however, have a fixed sponsor, namely the Commercial International Bank (CIB), which helps with many tournaments and plans at variable numbers. Dealing is done through specific suggestions we present to them in order for them to study and either approve or decline them based on the study. The CIB has been our strategic partner.

What are the preparations for the Women’s World Cup in October?

The organisation of the Women’s World Cup in October in Cairo is funded by the International Federation through its committees which work in cooperation with the Egyptian Federation, because these competitions require a substantial effort and spending which burdens the Egyptian Federation. The establishment of stadiums is beyond our capabilities, which focuses only on the players. In previous times, Al-Ahram has been organising competitions for 15 years. It was of great benefit to the game and pushed it forward. Under the current circumstances, no one can replace it except for the attempts of some businessmen such as Naguib Sawiris in the El-Gouna Championship, Hisham Talaat Moustafa with the Madinaty Championship, or Ahmed El Abd with the Black Ball Competition. These are the developments of what Al-Ahram did. Presentation only focuses on football, and it generates their revenues and plans. Those who organise squash tournaments do not earn much but do it for the love of the game.

How much does it cost to organise a tournament?

The cost of organising a tournament for squash is EGP 6m. Egypt is not a rich country but we are proud to have four major competitions like the United States despite the huge economic differences between the two countries.

Why is squash described as the game of the rich?

The shift from hobby to professionalism is what makes some feel that the game is dominated by the rich since spending has grown. The racket alone costs EGP 3,000 and players need special shoes, a good trainer, and other requirements. The lack of infrastructure for the game also limits where it can be practiced.

Does the federation use foreign trainers?

The federation does not rely on foreign coaches at all. Egypt exports trainers abroad. The salaries for top notch trainers could reach EGP 50,000 per month.

How much time is needed for training?

The good player would spend six hours of training per day. Good players know how to organise their time well.

Is squash a financially profitable game?

Good players earn well, but they have to dedicate their lives to the game. The currency floatation contributed to maximising the value of the awards. One of the reasons why squash is successful is the presence of role models like Aly Farag, Nour Sherbiny, Tarek Moamen, Nour El Tayeb, and Ranim El Walily among others.

Does the federation have a role in the sponsorship contracts?

The federation is not a party to private sponsorship contracts between players and companies, but it is a party to the contract between the player and the club. The federation has a limited role for ranked players and focuses on juniors. We already cared for professional players until they reached their current positions.

What is the difference between the Squash Federation and the other federations?

The administration is prudent and wise to manage squash, based on a strong history. It can be said that the success of the Squash Federation may have not occurred if the administration was focused on other games. Squash has some advantages, as the federation continues to develop plans to stay atop the global ranking.

Are there plans for your sports investment?

So far, there are no plans for sports investment. After the new rules, there are new clubs which we came up with. We have economic ideas which we are studying and we need the right time and climate.

How did Egyptian women excel in squash?

Women know how to adapt their own lives, the federation does not intervene, and treats all equally. This is shown by the fact the both men and women are excelling on global rankings. 

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Zamalek faces RS Berkane for first CAF Confederation Cup title https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/20/zamalek-faces-rs-berkane-for-first-caf-confederation-cup-title/ Sun, 19 May 2019 22:18:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698470 The White Knights enters the game with high morale after winning two consecutive league games, raising their score to 66 points in the second place behind Al Ahly with 70 points.

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Egypt’s Zamalek will clash with Morocco’s RS Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final on Monday morning (12am – Cairo Time) at the Stade Municipal de Berkane, Morocco.

Zamalek, led by Swiss coach Christian Gross, aims to achieve a positive result in the first leg to make their job easier in the second leg in Egypt scheduled for 26 May at Borg El Arab stadium.

The White Knights enters the game with high morale after winning two consecutive league games, raising their score to 66 points in the second place behind Al Ahly with 70 points.

The Whites have defeated Étoile du Sahel 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals. In the dying moments of the game, goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh received a second yellow card and was sent off, with the club’s forward Omar El-Said being forced to replace him between the sticks.

This meant that Gennesh will miss the first-leg of the final, with his replacement being Emad El-Sayed, whose last appearance for the Whites came in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa last January.

To add insult to injury, El-Sayed sustained an injury in the Sunday league game against El Dakhleya, which means that Salah will be the only goalkeeper left.

Gross was keen to hold a meeting with goalkeeper Salah to encourage him especially as the game is difficult and has the attention of the media and fans.

Gross asked his players to focus and avoid committing any mistakes.

Five players from RS Berkane will miss the first leg of the final, namely Mohammed Aziz, midfielder Najji Larbi, Abdessamad El Moubarki, Youssef Essaiydy, and Alain Traoré.

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“Tut” announced as AFCON 2019 mascot in Egypt https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/20/tut-announced-as-afcon-2019-mascot-in-egypt/ Sun, 19 May 2019 22:08:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698467 Tut is a young man playing football and wearing pharaonic Nemes – in reference to the Egyptian ancient history – and the red-coloured kit of Egyptian national team and the African map on his chest.

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The organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019, hosted by Egypt, announced the championship’s mascot, named “Tut”.

Mohamed Fadl, head of the committee, published a photo of the “Tut” mascot on his personal account on social media before the mascot was officially announced on the official page of AFCON 2019 on Facebook, with an animation clip featuring the mascot.

Tut is a young man playing football and wearing pharaonic Nemes – in reference to the Egyptian ancient history – and the red-coloured kit of Egyptian national team and the African map on his chest.

Egypt will be hosting AFCON from 21 June to 19 July with the participation of 24 teams for the first time, divided into six groups. The first and second of each group will be qualified with the four best teams ranking third in groups.

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Despite losing EPL title, Salah joins list of back-to-back top scorers https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/despite-losing-epl-title-salah-joins-list-of-back-to-back-top-scorers/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:34:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698269 Salah presented a good performance with Liverpool during all competitions. However, his efforts were not enough to lead the Reds to the title they have missed since 1990.

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Two-time African Player of the Year and Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has joined a star-studded list of players, including legends Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who have won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.

The award was a good compensation for the Egyptian star after losing the title for Manchester City in the last round of the competition.

Salah presented a good performance with Liverpool during all competitions. However, his efforts were not enough to lead the Reds to the title they have missed since 1990.

Despite the Egyptian Pharaoh’s failure to score for several weeks in the competition, he did not leave empty-handed and crowned the Golden Boot with 22 goals for the second time in a row to become the first player Egyptian and Arab player to achieve such accomplishment.

Salah, the Liverpool star, won the Golden Boot award jointly with his teammate Sadio Mani and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.

The list of plyers who won the Golden Boot twice in a row includes Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Harry Kane, the French Thierry Henry, and Robin van Persie.

Noteworthy, Salah defied all expectations in his debut Liverpool season in 2017/18 by scoring 32 Premier League goals in just 36 appearances – the highest tally in a 38-game Premier League season.

Salah celebrated the award with his wife and daughter Mecca at the Anfield. He expressed his extreme sadness for the loss of the title, stressing that the team did everything and only lost one game but still could not win the trophy.

Nevertheless, Salah still has a chance to win a trophy when he plays the UEFA Champions League final on 1 June against Tottenham Hotspur.

Salah took part in the last UCL final when the Reds lost to Real Madrid 3-1. He was injured after a violent encounter with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

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Zamalek heads to Morocco for CAF Confederation Cup final https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/zamalek-heads-to-morocco-for-caf-confederation-cup-final/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:28:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698263 Some media reports ruled out that the team’s third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah can travel with Zamalek to Morocco due to conscription.

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Zamalek will travel to Morocco on Thursday to play the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane scheduled for Sunday.

Over the past two days, Zamalek’s coach Christian Gross has trained his players on re-positioning themselves inside the pitch according to the Moroccan team’s usual formations. He also gave strict defence duties to right back Hamdi Nagguez and midfielder Abdallah Gomaa.

Some media reports ruled out that the team’s third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah can travel with Zamalek to Morocco due to conscription.

“Salah has the right to travel and has no problem with conscription,” Ayman Hafez, Zamalek’s football supervisor, said. He noted that Salah has previously travelled with Zamalek to Tunisia for the semi-finals.

The Whites have defeated Étoile du Sahel 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals. In the dying moments of the game, goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh received a second yellow card and was sent off, with the club’s forward Omar El-Said being forced to replace him between the sticks.

This meant that Gennesh will miss the first-leg of the final, with his replacement being Emad El-Sayed, whose last appearance for the Whites came in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa last January.

To add insult to injury, El-Sayed sustained an injury in the Sunday league game against El Dakhleya, which means that Salah will be the only goalkeeper left.

Omar El-Said and Mohamed Alaa was trained for goalkeeping in case of any emergency.

Gross will likely rely on the Moroccan forward Khalid Boutaïb in the coming game against RS Berkane, given that he is familiar with Moroccan teams.

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DNE discloses details of Paralympic Committee internal dispute https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/16/dne-discloses-details-of-paralympic-committee-internal-dispute/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:28:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698258 The conflict began when Khatab froze all the financial support to the Egyptian clubs that attended the Constituent Assembly of the Egyptian Paralympic Swimming Federation on 20 April.

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An internal conflict erupted in the Egyptian Paralympic Committee, chaired by Hayat Khattab, after the board recently split into two parties, one led by Khatab, and another with treasurer of the committee, Ramy Abdel Hamid.

The conflict began when Khatab froze all the financial support to the Egyptian clubs that attended the Constituent Assembly of the Egyptian Paralympic Swimming Federation on 20 April.

Khattab’s decision comes as an explicit punishment for those who violated the Paralympic Committee’s instructions and attended the founding meeting of the new federation.

Moreover, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee addressed the International Paralympic Committee to intervene and stop all decisions made during the 20 April meeting held at the headquarters of El Shams SC.

The clubs that attended the meeting, headed by El Shams, supported by the treasurer, issued a joint statement to respond to the Egyptian Paralympic Committee’s statement, as Khattab decided to refer El Shams to the legal office of the committee for investigation.

According to Khattab, the club insisted to hold the Constituent Assembly despite being notified of the committee’s rejection and disagreement to the move which violates the rules of the committee and the Paralympic Charter.

The participating clubs addressed some members of the General Assembly of the Paralympic Committee and the board of the committee, saying that the law No 71 for 2017 amplified the role of general assemblies at sports bodies giving them the right to decide on their affairs, in line with the Olympic Charter and the Egyptian Constitution.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, held separate meetings with the conflicting parties during the past few days.

Sobhy rejected any friendly solutions and called on both parties to present their documents to the legal affairs office of the ministry for final ruling.

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Jürgen Klopp wins German Football Ambassador award 2019 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/jurgen-klopp-wins-german-football-ambassador-award-2019/ Wed, 15 May 2019 19:58:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698291 The post Jürgen Klopp wins German Football Ambassador award 2019 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Jürgen Klopp has been named the German Football Ambassador for 2019 following his fine work with Liverpool and representing German football abroad. But Klopp’s season is not over, with a Champions League final to play.It is modesty that defines real champions. Despite enjoying one of his most successful seasons as a coach, Jürgen Klopp does not believe he is the best German coach abroad.

"Petra Landers and Michael White certainly deserved that, maybe more than I. But for some reason, the choice has been made and I'm pleased about it," said Klopp in a video message to jury and audience at the presentation of the German Football Ambassador Award, which was awarded on Wednesday evening for the seventh time in Berlin.

Klopp, who missed out on this year's Premier league title with Liverpool by one point, can look back on a strong season. His team amassed a huge total of 97 points, but due to Manchester City's exceptional season, it wasn't enough. In any other season in the history of the Premier League, which started in 1992, Klopp would be celebrating.

Just as spectacular has been Liverpool's performances in the Champions League. With a breathtaking comeback, Liverpool fought back against Barcelona in a memorable semifinal second leg. Klopp has another chance to win a European Cup following defeats in the final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool in 2018, when Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.

'He adds something to every club'

Klopp was not explicitly honored for his sporting merits, but also for his outstanding role as an ambassador of German football. As an interface between sport and culture, the initiative honors German coaches and players for their social engagement abroad.

"Pep Guardiola is always a favorite, but Jürgen always goes to the challengers, giving each club something," said Hans-Joachim Watzke Klopp in his tribute. Watzke was Dortmund's CEO director before Klopp arrived at the club in 2008, and the pair enjoy a close friendship that endures. "People love him because people realize that he lives the club. Jürgen is an unusual person."

Watzke also praised Klopp's optimism and his ability to draw lessons from defeats. Only recently Klopp had stated in an exclusive interview with DW that football just requires the ability to suffer. "The big challenge in this game is having a lot of frustration potential, and if God needs me to show that you lose six finals in a row and he actually tries for the seventh time, then I'm the one perfect person for that."

Ter Stegen wins Audience Award

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also received an award. The 27-year-old suffered defeat only a few days ago to Klopp's Liverpool in the Champions League, but the Mönchengladbacher won the Audience Award, in which tens of thousands of fans participated via online voting.

Former international Bernd Schuster received the honorary award: "For me, he has been the number one player for two years, and I do not think a goalkeeper could be such a good footballer." Will this message reach the national coach?

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Low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches at AFCON 2019 reduced https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/low-category-ticket-prices-for-egypts-matches-at-afcon-2019-reduced/ Wed, 15 May 2019 18:51:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698248 The committee said in a statement that the decision aims to ease the burden on Egyptian football fans and to encourage the Egyptian people to attend their national team’s games and enjoy the championship held in Egypt

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The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations, chaired by Hani Abu Reda, decided to reduce the low-category ticket prices for Egypt’s matches in the tournament’s first round to EGP 150 instead of EGP 200.

The committee said in a statement that the decision aims to ease the burden on Egyptian football fans and to encourage the Egyptian people to attend their national team’s games and enjoy the championship held in Egypt.

The committee pointed out that the decision comes in coordination with the concerned authorities and based on the studies conducted in this regard, taking into consideration several factors determining the prices of tickets compared to previous championships, such as the population, average per capita income, stadium operation costs, and marketing value of the current tournament.

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Al Ahly seeks to beat ENPPI to maintain league lead https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/al-ahly-seeks-to-beat-enppi-to-maintain-league-lead/ Wed, 15 May 2019 15:42:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698223 Al Ahly is looking for its fifth consecutive win in the Egyptian Premier League when it plays ENPPI on Thursday night in a postponed match of the local competition. Al Ahly enters the game with high morale after regaining the league lead with 70 points. While ENPPI, ranking tenth in the table, has won its …

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Al Ahly is looking for its fifth consecutive win in the Egyptian Premier League when it plays ENPPI on Thursday night in a postponed match of the local competition.

Al Ahly enters the game with high morale after regaining the league lead with 70 points. While ENPPI, ranking tenth in the table, has won its last three games collecting 36 points so far but it is still under the threat of relegation, given that Petrojet, ranking 16th, has 34 points at hand and can be relegated.

In the last five encounters between the two teams, the Red Devils won three times and two games ended in draw. The last time ENPPI defeated Al Ahly was on 23 February 2015 in the league.

So far, Al Ahly played 30 games in the league, with 22 wins, four defeats, and four draws. The team scored 49 goals and conceded 18.

ENPPI played 31 games, with eight wins, 11 defeats, and 12 draws. The team scored 36 goals and conceded 38.

Said Abdelhafiz, the football director of Al Ahly, said the ENPPI game will be difficult, given the good performance presented recently by the team under coach Ali Maher.

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Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko and his €10-million deal with Nike https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/15/borussia-dortmund-wunderkind-youssoufa-moukoko-and-his-e10-million-deal-with-nike/ Wed, 15 May 2019 13:21:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698298 The post Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko and his €10-million deal with Nike appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko recently signed a deal worth a reported €10 million with Nike. At just 14 years old, it’s a risky move for all parties involved and it isn’t guaranteed to pay off in the long run.Few would blink twice at a headline reading 'Borussia Dortmund star signs €10 million ($11.26 million) sponsorship deal.' But when the deal involves a 14-year-old it naturally garners more attention.

Back in 2003, Freddy Adu blazed a similar underage trail when he put pen to paper on a multi-year deal with Nike worth $1 million. The American was built up to dizzying heights before he even became a professional and went on to earn $3 million annually before he was 20.

Marketed as the face of Major League Soccer and US men's team when they were craving star power with longevity, Adu is now a case study in what can go wrong. He's now out of contract after making 195 appearances for 14 different clubs in 14 years.

"You can say, 'Oh, I had a lot too early,' or say whatever you want. But at the end of the day we all need to grow up at some point," Adu told Goal USA in 2016. "I've looked back on these past few years and I've wasted a lot of time, wasted years of my career, just not dedicating the time I should have to the sport."

Nevertheless, with cash flow at the elite level of professional football still on the rise, the motivational factors for sponsors are just as prevalent, if not more so, than they were back then.

Dortmund's teenage multi-millionaire

On a sporting level, there's no arguing that Borussia Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko is deserving of the wunderkind tag. He first made headlines aged 12, and has continued to thrive against players three years older than him while scoring at a frightening rate for BVB's Under-17s – 76 goals in 50 games.

From the archive: Have Dortmund found another one? Meet the 12-year-old scoring for the U17s

Given he isn't eligible to play for Dortmund's first team until November 2020 when he turns 16, even BVB seemed put off by the deal which could reportedly rise as a high as €10 million based on performance-based premiums.

"I wouldn't want to make any long-term predictions, because he's far too young to make a valid argument," said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "He's an exceptional talent and is scoring goals for fun, but it'll still be a few years still before he's involved at the professional level. Therefore I don't want to stoke the fires of discussion surrounding his value any further."

Handling hype is a tricky road to tread for even the most seasoned professional footballers. That road becomes even more perilous when considering the pressures already facing a 14-year-old trying to make it as a professional. If the hype is unrealistic, the consequences are more often negative.

Personal brand ambassadors

The landscape of modern football culture is changing. Nowadays, players are having to cope with a balancing act of establishing themselves as brands, while demonstrating the characteristics clubs are putting a greater focus on.

"Attitude is everything," famed Schalke youth coach Norbert Elgert told Reviersport. "Talent can be overrated. Talent is a prerequisite because nothing works without talent, but talent only gets your foot in the door. Character, attitude and diligence are what will see you succeed."

Elgert is credited for his incredible work with Schalke's youth academy, which has produced world stars such as Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil and Julian Draxler. The 62-year-old believes a coaches remit has changed in the modern era and that it's now about more than "technique, tactics and physicality".

"We coaches must be a little bit like psychologists and a little bit like gardeners. We have young plants and we must help them to grow. It is not just about preparing them for football. It's about preparing them for life and helping them to become more than football players."

Backlash from bold move

With football already a high-risk cocktail of fame, fortune and immense pressure are Nike putting a promising young career at further risk in an attempt to profit off of its potential further down the line? Adu is case in point.

"My family was really poor," the American told BBC in a rare interview back in 2012. "My mum was working two or three jobs to take care of my brother and me. So if Nike comes to you and say they want to give you a million-dollar contract and the MLS wants to make you the highest-paid player at 14, you can't say no. You just can't.

"I said yes to everything that was asked of me and ended up doing a lot of appearances, a lot of promotion, a lot of interviews, and it took away from the football on the field. People saw me more as a marketing tool."

However, it's not the just the distractions off the pitch that present possible pitfalls for a player like Moukoko. A decision to sign a big-money contract also has ramifications on the pitch, as Adu warns: "A lot of the guys in the locker room resented [me]."

"It was right in your face. They felt like they'd been around, put their time in, and here comes this 14-year-old who's the highest-paid player and the face of the league. They would yell at me for the dumbest reasons."

Moukoko the marketing tool?

Moukoko himself has admitted that "last season was difficult with all the stories swirling around", but has a support network keeping him grounded. "My coach Sebastian Geppert, Lars Ricken [Dortmund's Youth Coordinator], my father and my agent have all been in my ear a lot. I can't help it that things are going so well."

The harsh reality of the situation remains though. The overwhelming majority of 'rising stars' will not reach the pinnacle of the sport and Moukoko only need look at the examples of Samed Yesil, Sinan Kurt and Gianluca Gaudino to understand how treacherous a path he's treading. And none of them earned a big-money deal with Nike.

Will Moukoko be able to improve at his own rate, away from the spotlight and the interested parties desperate to cash in on the next wunderkind during a key phase of his career?

Nike's decision is risky for all parties involved, isn't guaranteed to pay off in the long run and sets a potentially dangerous precedent in adding to an already volatile youth culture in modern football.

If the 14-year-old manages to keep himself grounded though, his sporting achievements won't be the only source of proof that he has what it takes to succeed at the elite level.

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Arabian horses show their beauty at the Equestrian Club https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/14/arabian-horses-show-their-beauty-at-the-equestrian-club/ Tue, 14 May 2019 12:00:09 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698013 Awards up to EGP 500,000, Arab, European countries participated in tournament

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The Gezira Equestrian Club hosted the Champion Festival for the beauty of authentic Arabian horses, which included a horse competition with ages ranging from one year to a year and a half, and a competition for men and women.

“The Equestrian Club is the oldest equestrian club in the Middle East, established in 1938 by a royal decree from King Farouk, where all equestrian arts are taught, and the training of those interested in authentic Arabian horses,” Ahmed Mostafa, the club’s executive director, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that the festival’s organising company has chosen the club’s long-standing Equestrian Club, which has a great history and distinction from other clubs in the Middle East.

The total prizes of the festival are up to EGP 500,000 distributed throughout all competitions, and the awards are provided by the festival’s organising company through sponsors participating in the event, and there are also returns to the club to host the event, he explained.

Mostafa elaborated that the festival was attended by the most famous horses from the largest Arabian horse farms in Egypt, such as the Rabab farm, as well as horses with high financial value, including a pony worth $700,000.

The festival is supervised by a jury of Saudi referees such as Fahd al-Otaibi, a horse breeder. Arabian horses from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Bahrain, Poland, the United States, and Italy also participated in the event.

Mostafa revealed that the conditions of the competition was a fee of EGP 3,000 per horse, and to be stamped, with a known line of ancestors, unlike other festivals in governorates which show mixed breeds.

The Al-Zahraa station for authentic Arabian horses is entrusted with granting the seal to original Arabian horses through blood analysis and DNA testing and sending the samples for analysis. The Equestrian Club is more interested in foreign horses and hopping races, but opened the door to the festival to expand its base. The club organises events on a quarterly basis, he said.

Furthermore, he discussed the track which can be used for short races, noting that it needs to be maintained for competitions, which is costly, while the Gezira Club has the license to host competitions and can participate through Jordanian and Emirati investors who are ready to cooperate in order to prepare the track for races.

The equestrian base in Egypt is very wide and in all areas of horses, and is presently expanding, he explained. There are competitions and festivals of the Egyptian Equestrian Federation, and others, especially those under the auspices of the Arabian Horse Organization.

This festival is the first in the Gezira Club, and there are plans for more tournaments to be hosted by the festival, he concluded.

Noteworthy, Mostafa pointed out that the Equestrian Club membership is worth EGP 115,000 with a current 500 members. It relies on the Academy of Equestrian Education for revenues, which includes nine stages, each valued at EGP 700-2,000.

Tournament organiser Hisham Bilal told Daily News Egypt that he is a horse breeder and owns a farm of 60 horses.

He explained that the festival is for the beauty of horses and not just for horses, so the choice is based on the most beautiful and rarest horses.

Bilal stressed that he was keen to set up the festival, after the Egyptian horse competition was held in Italy, and the Arabian horse competition was held in France, in an attempt to restore this type of competitions for horses in Egypt.

Moreover, he pointed out that a crisis always exists in the organisation, support, and facilities, and there must be developments such as in the crisis of vaccinations in order to export Egyptian horses.

Champion specialises in organising competitions, festivals, and horse exhibitions, and all activities related to sports tourism, the tournament organiser said.

Bilal believes that the most important development for him is that the Tourism Promotion Authority will put the festival on the internal tourism map from next year, and that in the future it will be on an annual basis. Furthermore, he hopes that the authority will organise other tournaments in the same field, in addition to the championship of picking the poles, capacity, and endurance, in cooperation with the Equestrian Club, as well as tournaments in Sinai.

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Cairo Stadium Authority prepares for turning into profitable facility https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/13/cairo-stadium-authority-prepares-for-turning-into-profitable-facility/ Mon, 13 May 2019 20:28:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698008 Project to be implemented in parallel with development process of stadium for 2019 AFCON, says Darwish

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The Cairo Stadium Authority has begun to take steps toward transforming into a profitable facility according to the 2018 presidential decree.

Ali Darwish, executive director of the Cairo Stadium Authority, told Daily News Egypt that the authority, headed by Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, has put a plan to turn the stadium into a sports city.

He added that the Cairo Stadium Authority has formed committees to supervise and work on the project, in parallel with the development process taking place at the main stadium which is preparing to host the opening ceremony and the matches of the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

The Cairo Stadium Authority held its second meeting after the formation of its board of directors, which includes Abdel Aziz Hashim, Hussein El Samri, Amr Belbaa, Mohamed Zoroma, Hisham Mosbah, Gamal Afifi, Walid Amin, and Ali Darwish.

The meeting discussed a number of important topics, including the transformation of the stadium from a service agency to an economic body, and the required budget of the project.

The authority seeks to implement the sport city project, which will include a 16,000 sqm lake, dancing fountain, five-star chain of restaurants, sports museum, cinematography complex, commercial space on a total area of 96,000 sqm, underground parking, gallery, entertainment area for children on 100,000 sqm, waterway, and coffeeshops.

A government source estimated in a previous statement to DNE the cost of the project at about EGP 7bn.

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Germany’s Continental to sponsor AFCON for five years https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/13/germanys-continental-to-sponsor-afcon-for-five-years/ Mon, 13 May 2019 20:02:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698001 Company to study possibility of sponsoring Egyptian Football Association or any local football club

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has signed a five-year contract with Continental, a German automotive manufacturing company, to sponsor three Africa Cup of Nations editions in 2019, 2021, and 2023.

Anthony Davo, secretary-general of CAF, said this is the first time Continental are venturing into the African football competition which will involve many stars, especially after changing its time from January to June.

The agreement sees the Continental taking over the title name of the Best Goalkeeper Award at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Continental will also fit the team buses of all 24 teams at the 2019 AFCON similar to what the German company with its sponsorship of some football competitions.

“We are familiar with Africa, as the company has a factory in the continent,” Continental’s Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East, Jon Ander Garcia, said.

“Our company has been sponsoring continental football competitions for 50 years, and the Africa Cup of Nations will be a great opportunity for the company to promote its products in the continent,” he added.

Garcia told Daily News Egypt that sponsorship AFCON in Egypt will help the company to learn more about the Egyptian football market. Based on this experience, the company will study the possibility of sponsoring the Egyptian Football Association or any local football club.

He refused to disclose the value of AFCON’s sponsorship contract, saying it’s huge and fits the African continent.

Continental’s sales increased in the fourth quarter of the year by 10% in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the company targets a 20% growth in Egypt by the end of this year, Garcia stated.

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Former Bundesliga club Hamburg leave everyone at a loss https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/13/former-bundesliga-club-hamburg-leave-everyone-at-a-loss/ Mon, 13 May 2019 15:28:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698038 The post Former Bundesliga club Hamburg leave everyone at a loss appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Until a year ago, Hamburg were the only club never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga. Their failure to win promotion on first attempt has left fans and former stars like Felix Magath shaking their heads.A day later and the disappointment is still palpable even amongst those who have, at the very least, geographically distanced themselves from Hamburger SV. After failing to bounce back from their first-ever Bundesliga relegation by securing an immediate return, the emotions remain raw.

"As a former player and head coach, I'm naturally disappointed, but that's not what it's about," Felix Magath told DW. During his 10-year spell with HSV in his playing days, Magath won three Bundesliga titles and two European titles. A two-year spell as team manager that began almost as soon as his active career ended in 1986, saw HSV win the DFB Cup for a third time.

The 65-year-old, who has since moved to Munich, is struggling to understand how "a club that has so many more resources at their disposal compared to other teams, failed to secure promotion back into the Bundesliga and instead allowed Paderborn to pass them."

Magath didn't want to elaborate so soon after Hamburg's fate had been sealed following Sunday's 4-1 loss to Paderborn, but did pose the question: "Who will accept responsibility for the disaster?"

Higher interest rates?

Hamburg have hit a new low that those connected with the club from Felix Magath and the fans to the club's hierarchy could hardly have fathomed before the start of the season. In addition to the sporting low lights, the club are also having to cope with a large mountain of debt.

Currently at a reported €85 million ($95 million), the liabilities pile up with a turnover of close to €133 million. The annual loss of €20 million that was announced by the club only further obscures the balance sheet.

A major question now is how will the financial institutions, who have given HSV a long line of credit, will handle the situation.

"Will the banks stay quiet?" wondered Hamburg professor and sports economist Wolfgang Maennig.

Hamburg's inability to bounce straight back into the top tier will see their income from television rights drop even farther next season. As a result, the conditions now are different to when the contract for credit was signed.

"Banks usually respond to situations like this by imposing a risk premium which would increase the interest burden on the club," Maennig said.

An open wound

This season's budget of €28.5 million will also likely take a hit ahead of next season, while the squad will certainly undergo wholesale changes.

The club have already made it clear that midfielder Lewis Holtby and striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga will not be offered contract extensions. Rising star Jann-Fiete Arp has already signed a deal with Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, head coach Hannes Wolf will be wondering whether he'll still be in the job come next season.

Spending a second season in the second tier is a catastrophe for a club who so proudly boasted of their ever-present status in the Bundesliga before the drop after the 2017-18 campaign. Missing out on promotion though, will also have a societal impact as Hamburg is currently without a top-tier team in any sport, though basketball side Hamburg Towers have clinched promotion for next season.

"This scenario is already an open wound for the city," Maennig said. It's a situation that will wear away at the already depleted levels of self-confidence for residents of Hamburg, because elite sport is part of the inner fabric of the port city.

In the eyes of the critics though, all is not lost despite Hamburg's sporting doldrums, at least in a football context.

"Hamburg will survive this phase and in three or four years will still exist and at some point be back in the Bundesliga," concluded Magath. The former player, head coach and general manager would know best, given that few know Hamburg as well as he does.

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Mo Salah stars fifth phase of ‘You’re Stronger than Drugs’ campaign https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/12/mo-salah-stars-fifth-phase-of-youre-stronger-than-drugs-campaign/ Sun, 12 May 2019 16:44:01 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697879 Campaign came as part of national strategy against drugs

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The fifth phase of the “You’re Stronger than Drugs” campaign was launched on Sunday with the participation of the Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah as well as other footballers and public figures.

The campaign is released by the ministry of social solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA). It aims to counter drug addiction and raise awareness of the dangers of addiction.

During a ceremony on Sunday, the FDCTA reviewed the goals of the campaign, and its results during the last period. The campaign came as part of a national strategy against drugs.

The fund’s head Amr Othman said that they are adopting several programmes including eliminating drug addiction, drug prevention, as well as a plan to integrate awareness against drugs in the school curriculum.

Othman also mentioned that there are several legislations to combat drugs, particularly the new draft to combat drug addiction among state employees.

Meanwhile, Salah takes part in a similar campaign dubbed “life is better without smoking,” which kicked off early this Ramadan.

Last March, the parliament’s constitutional and legislative affairs committee approved a draft law to combat drug addiction among state employees. The bill came as part of a massive campaign launched after President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi firmly pledged to fire whoever proved to be a drug addict in any state body in the aftermath of the Cairo Railway Station tragedy.

The bill conditioned the negative results of employees’ drug tests, which are to be carried out by the state’s specialised bodies, in order to appoint new employees or extend their contractual period in state administrative apparatuses, including ministries, public service, or economic bodies.

The bill is to be also applied to those working at public sector companies, care homes, foster care, schools, kindergartens, and private hospitals.

Whoever hires employees proven to be drug addicts or allows them to continue working, will be jailed or fined. In addition to the above, whoever deliberately fakes drug tests results will also face imprisonment.

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CAF President opens up about internal issues, denies corruption claims https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/11/caf-president-opens-up-about-internal-issues-denies-corruption-claims/ Sat, 11 May 2019 10:00:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697693 Moving CAF headquarters from Egypt is ‘absurd rumour’, says Ahmad

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Speaking to Daily News Egypt, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, criticised those accusing him of corruption and abuse of office, describing them as “rumour makers”. He spoke for the first time about the possibility of moving CAF headquarters from Egypt to Morocco.

Ahmad held a collective press interview with the Egyptian media, which some described as an attempt to address rumours circulated over the past months about the dismissal of former Secretary-General of CAF, Amr Fahmy, and the possibility of relocating the headquarters of CAF.

“My real problem is that I’m a straightforward person and I tell the truth. I will not change my principles after 59 years. God wanted me to be president of CAF,” Ahmad said. “I thought about running for CAF presidency after the Executive Council elections in September 2016. After that, more than one member asked me to run against Issa Hayatou in the presidential elections, who was also born in Madagascar. I won with 32 votes. Europeans attacked me because I withdrew the CAN 2019 hosting rights from Cameroon and gave it to Egypt. Since the first minute I asked Hany Abo Reda (Head of Egyptian Football Association) to check Egypt’s readiness and everyone agreed it was ready,” Ahmad added.

“I had no problem with the former secretary-general, but many in CAF did not like Fahmy. Personally, I wanted his father, Mustafa Fahmi, to be the secretary general, but he worked a lot with Hayatou, and it was impossible. Amr Fahmi studied sports and his father was helping him and give him his experience. But before everyone’s eyes, Amr offended his father and told him he knew nothing. I personally then told Amr he could go anywhere in the world if he cannot control his anger. I warned him more than once before I decided he had to leave,” Ahmad explained. At that time, Ahmad learned that Amr was sick and was going to undergo a surgery. After the surgery, he left his position, according to Ahmad.

Afterwards, Deputy General-Secretary for Administration and Finance, Essadik Alaoui, resigned and was replaced by Moroccan Moaz Hegy. “I wanted Amr Fahmi to continue in his position, but unfortunately, we had reached a dead end,” Ahmad added.

According to Ahmad, Fahmi used to leak secret information about CAF to the press, so it was necessary to dismiss him. “I’m not responsible for the financial issues. According to Article 26 of the CAF legislations, the secretary general is responsible for such issues. I have not signed a single cheque since I took office at CAF. Amr used to handle these issues.” he said.

CAF’s executive office was the one to make the decision to let Amr go, alongside Ahmad.

The story began when Fahmy made corruption accusations against the organisation’s president in a potential blow to FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals worldwide. Fahmy accused Ahmad of bribes and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The document, sent on 31 March by Fahmy to a FIFA investigations committee, accused Ahmad of ordering his secretary-general to pay $20,000 in bribes into accounts of African football association presidents. They included Cape Verde and Tanzania.

The document also accused Ahmad of costing CAF an extra $830,000 by ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.

Furthermore, it accused him of violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation within the organisation, and over-spending more than $400,000 of CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.

Sabine Seillier, president of Tactical Steel, said her company won the contract with CAF because it was the only group that could guarantee delivery of the equipment sought in a tight timeframe of three weeks.

Asked if Tactical Steel has been involved in kickbacks to Ahmad or his associates, Seillier said: “Absolutely not. Tactical Steel complies with French law.”

“Tactical Steel has filed a lawsuit against Fahmy because he defamed the company in media. The deal with Tactical Steel was signed by Fahmy and we are still investigating this,” Ahmad revealed.

“When Morocco said it would organise the CAF 2015 and then withdrew, Toyota, Samsung, and Adidas withdrew their sponsorships, and ever since, we have been buying clothes from Tactical Steel,” he added.

“When I came to CAF, nothing was in order. I found a list of tools bought from Puma so I consulted the executive office and it said we had to go back to Adidas products. Everything the former marketing manager did was in exchange for a commission, and currently, many lawsuits are filed against him,” he said.

“My words were clear since I started working at my position at CAF, as I said that 50% of the confederation is for Egyptians as the headquarters country, and the rest is for all African countries. Everyone knows that only three Moroccans work in CAF and 50% of its employees are Egyptians,” he said.

“Fahmy tried to persuade women to testify that I sexually harassed them. Three of them told me that those accusations were planned against me. FIFA told me that no letters were referred to them in this regard as rumoured in the media,” Ahmad said.

“Hany Abo Rida is like my elder brother. I’m very proud of his friendship. Fahmi said that Abo Rida was against me during those issues but that was not true,” he said.

“Fahmy did not listen to anyone and would make decisions without referring to anyone. I’m diabetic and I get my treatment at my own expense, while in CAF we treat the sick on CAF’s expense, and in Fahmy’s case we stood by his side when he was sick and we paid $100,000 for his treatment,” he added.

“We chose Egypt because we trust it completely. The stadiums and everything are ready,” Ahmad asserted.

“Egypt will present the best championship in history, and after the draw, I became even more confident of that. The world congratulated me on the draw and this will be the best championship in the history of Africa,” he added.

As for the relocation of CAF headquarters from Egypt to Morocco, Ahmad told Al-Masry Al-Youm: “These are just rumours, and their makers want to distract the media to minor issues.”

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History of AFCON 3: Egypt withdraws from 1982 edition, wins 1986 title at home https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/11/history-of-afcon-3-egypt-withdraws-from-1982-edition-wins-1986-title-at-home/ Sat, 11 May 2019 09:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697652 13th edition: Ghana win its fourth championship at cost of hosts Libya

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The 13th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) was hosted by Libya from 5 to 19 March 1982, with the participation of eight teams, similar to the 1980 tournament, which were split into two groups of four.

The Egyptian team had withdrawn from the tournament’s qualifications due to the political crisis between Egypt and Libya.

Group A included Libya (host country), Ghana, Cameroon, and Tunisia, while Group B comprised of Algeria, Zambia, Nigeria (holders), and Ethiopia.

Libya topped Group A with four points collected from one win and two draws. The Libyans scored four goals and conceded two.

Ghana came in second place with four points also, but scored three goals and conceded two, while Cameroon ranked third with three points collected from three draws. Tunisia tailed the standings with one point from a draw.

In Group B, Algeria topped the ranking with five points collected from two wins and two draws. Desert warriors scored three goals and conceded one. Zambia ranked second with four points collected from two wins. They scored four goals and conceded one.

Nigeria came in third on two points with four goals scored and five conceded, while Ethiopia ranked fourth with one point from a draw, scoring no goals and conceding four.

In the knockout stage, Ghana beat Algeria 3-2 after extra time, while Libya (hosts) won 2-1 over Zambia.

In the third-place match, Zambia beat Algeria 2-0 to win the bronze medal.

In the final, Ghana won the title after beating Libya 7-6 on penalties on 11 June in Tripoli. It was Ghana’s fourth continental title in their history.

14th edition: Cameroon wins its first championship

Ivory Coast hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1984. Eight teams participated in the tournament. The teams were split into two groups.

Group A included Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast (hosts), and Togo, while Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana (holders), and Malawi were in Group B.

Egypt topped the first group with five points collected from two wins and a draw, scoring three goals and conceding one. Cameroon came in second place with four points collected from two wins, scoring six goals and conceding two.

Ivory Coast came in third place with two points from a win. They totally scored four goals and conceded four. Togo ranked fourth with a point from a draw. They scored a goal and conceded seven.

In the second group, Algeria ranked first with five points collected from two wins and a draw, scoring five goals and conceding none. While Nigeria came in second place with four points from a win and two draws, scoring four goals and conceding three. Ghana finished third with two points from a win. They scored two goals and conceded four. Finally, Malawi came in fourth place with a point from a draw, scoring two goals and conceding six.

In the semi-finals, Nigeria beat Egypt 8-7 on penalties. In the other match, Cameroon beat Algeria 5-4 on penalties too.

In the third-place match, Algeria beat Egypt 3-1 at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan. In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria 3-1 at the same stadium in the presence of 50,000 spectators. Cameroon crowned the title for the first time in its history.

15th edition: Egypt wins its third championship

The African Cup of Nations was held in Egypt in 1986 for the third time in its history. Eight teams participated in the tournament which were split into two groups.

Group A comprises of Senegal, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, and Egypt (hosts). The second group includes Algeria, Morocco, Cameroon (holders), and Zambia.

In the opening match, Egypt lost to Senegal 1-0. The Pharaohs then defeated Ivory Coast and Mozambique 1-0 in each game to secure a semi-finals seat.

Cameroon and Morocco qualified for the semi-finals from the second group.

Egypt met with its Moroccan counterpart and won 1-0 by Tahir Abuzid’s free-kick. Roger Milla of Cameroon led his team to a precious victory on Ivory Coast 1-0 in the second match to qualify with the Pharaohs to the final.

In the third-place match, Ivory Coast beat Morocco 3-2. In the final held on 21 March, Egypt won the title after beating Cameroon 5-4 on penalties.

Egypt won the title for the third time in its history after a long absence, where they were crowned twice in 1957 and 1959.

16th edition: Cameroon wins its second championship in Morocco

Morocco hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1988. Eight teams participated in the tournament, split into two groups. This tournament has the least goals-per-game average in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Morocco (hosts), Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Zaire were in Group A. The second group included Cameroon, Egypt (holders), Nigeria, and Kenya.

In the group stage, Morocco led Group A with four points from a win and two draws, scoring two goals and conceding one. Algeria came in second place with three points from a win and a draw. They scored two goals and conceded two. Ivory Coast came in third place with thee points collected from three draws, scoring two goals and conceding two. Zaire finished fourth with two points from two draws, scoring two goals and conceding three.

In the second group, Nigeria came in first place with four points from a win and two draws, scoring four goals and conceding one. Cameroon came in second place with four points from a win and two draws, scoring two goals and conceding one. Egypt came in third place with three points from a win and a draw. The Pharaohs scored three goals and conceded one. Kenya ranked fourth with one point from a draw, conceding six goals and scoring none.

In the semi-finals, Nigeria beat Algeria 9-8 on penalties. In the second game, Cameroon achieved a tough 1-0 win over Morocco.

In the third-place match, Algeria beat Morocco 4-3 on penalties. In the final, Emmanuel Conde led Cameroon to win the title after a 1-0 win over Nigeria at Casablanca Mohamed V Stadium. It was Cameroon’s second AFCON title in its history.

17th edition: Desert Warriors win first championship at home

Algeria hosted the 17th edition of the African Cup of Nations. Eight teams took part in the competition which were split into two groups of four.

Algeria (hosts), Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Egypt were in the first group, while Zambia, Senegal, Cameroon, and Kenya in the second group.

In Group A, Algeria ranked first with six points from three wins, scoring 10 goals and conceding one. Nigeria came in second place with four points from two wins, scoring three goals and conceding five. Ivory Coast were third with two points from a single win. They scored three goals and conceded five. The Egyptian team tailed the group with no points, losing its three games. The Pharaohs scored a goal and conceded six.

In the second group, Zambia topped the standings with five points from two wins and a draw, scoring two goals and conceding none. Senegal came in second place with four points from two wins and two draws. The players scored two goals and conceded none. Cameroon finished third, with two points, scoring two goals and conceding three goals. Kenya ranked fourth with a single point from a draw.

In the semi-finals, Zambia beat Nigeria 2-0 and Algeria beat Senegal 2-1. In the third-place match, Zambia defeated Senegal 2-0. In the final, Algeria beat Nigeria 2-0.

18th edition: Ivory Coast crowned title for first time

The tournament was held in Senegal, with the participation of 12 teams for the first time. They were divided into four groups of three. The first and second teams of each group qualified for the quarter-finals.

Nigeria, Senegal (hosts), and Kenya were in Group A. Cameroon, Zaire, and Morocco in Group B. Ivory Coast, Congo, and Algeria (holders) in Group C. Egypt, Ghana, and Zambia in Group D.

Nigeria topped its group with four points from two wins, while Senegal came second with two points.

In Group B, Cameroon topped the standings with three points from a victory and draw, while Zaire came second with two points.

In Group C, Senegal ranked first with three points from a victory and draw, while Congo came in second with two points.

In Group D, Ghana qualified as first with four points from two wins, while Zambia ranked second from a win, and Egypt came in third place with no points.

In the quarter-finals, Nigeria beat Zaire 1-0, Cameroon beat Senegal 1-0, Ivory Coast beat Zambia 1-0, and Ghana beat Congo 2-1.

In the semi-finals, Ghana achieved a 2-1 victory over Nigeria. In the second game, Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 3-1 on penalties.

In the third-place match, Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-1. In the final, Ivory Coast won the title for the first time in its history, after beating Ghana 11-10 on penalties. Both games were held at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar.

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Arabs in AFCON: many appearances with little achievements https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/11/arabs-in-afcon-many-appearances-with-little-achievements-2/ Sat, 11 May 2019 08:00:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697643 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is one of the largest continental competitions awaited by football fans from the moment its last match ends to the moment the new championship starts. AFCON is organised by the CAF every two years to determine the continent’s champion. It is ranked third in the world after the FIFA …

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CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is one of the largest continental competitions awaited by football fans from the moment its last match ends to the moment the new championship starts.

AFCON is organised by the CAF every two years to determine the continent’s champion. It is ranked third in the world after the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship for its high competitiveness, especially that it usually includes talented African players who play for the best European clubs, in addition to the best players in Africa.

AFCON started in 1957 and the first country to host it was Sudan. Egypt are the most successful team in the history of the competition as they won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010. Cameroon came second with five AFCON titles.

Arabs have participated in the continental championship for many times, however, they made little achievements. The Arab teams in the North Africa won 10 continental titles.

Egypt qualified to the AFCON finals 23 times before the current edition. It is one of the most participating nations in the championship. Egypt’s first participation was in 1957 and the last one was in 2017. The Pharaohs were runner-up for three times in 1963, 1970, and 1974, while it ranked fourth three times in 1976, 1980, and 1984.

The teams of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia came second among Arab teams in terms of AFOCN participations, totalling 16 times before the current edition in 2019.

Tunisia won the 2004 edition which was held on their land, and came second twice in 1965 and 1996 editions. It ranked third once in 1962, and ranked fourth twice in 1978 and 2000.

As for the Algerian team, they won the title once in 1990 which was also held on their land, and came second in 1980. It came third twice in 1984 and 1988, and ranked fourth in 1982 and 2010.

As for the Moroccan team, they won the title once in 1976, and came second once in 2004. It also came third once in 1980 and fourth two consecutive times in 1986 and 1988.

The Sudanese team participated seven times in the AFCON and was one of the three teams contributing to the launching of this continental competition.

The Sudanese team won the title once in its history in 1970 and came second twice in 1959 and 1963. It came third once in 1957.

The Libyan team participated three times in the championship and came second in 1982 after losing the final on penalties to Ghana.

AFCON hosts usually win, Egypt sets good model

Egypt is preparing to host the AFCON for the fifth time in history, setting a record as the most country hosting the competition.

Egypt hosted the AFCON in 1959, 1974, 1986, 2006, and now in 2019, surpassing Ghana who hosted the championship four times in 1963, 1978, 2000, and 2008.

Many countries have hosted the AFCON and ended up winning its title. Ironically, Egypt was the first and last to both host and win the AFCON in 1959 and 2006. The first time was in 1959 when Egypt defeated Sudan in the final. The last time Egypt clinched the prestigious title on their land was in 2006 against Cote d’Ivoire.

In 1962, Ethiopia won the AFCON title on their land after beating Egypt in the final. Ghana was also one of the teams hosting the championship and winning its title in the 1963 edition after beating Sudan. Six years later, Sudan took revenge, winning the AFCON title in 1970 against Ghana.

In the 1978 edition, Ghana hosted the championship and won its title after beating Uganda 2-0 in the final. In 1980, Nigeria (also the host) won the title against Algeria after winning 3-0 in the final.

After a long absence, Egypt won the title when they hosted the competition for the second time in 1986, beating Cameroon on penalties in the final.

In 1990, Algeria won its first AFCON title after winning over Nigeria in the final. The Algerian team took revenge from Nigeria as the former lost the title race to the Green Eagles in 1980.

In 1996, South Africa won the AFCON title when they hosted it, beating Tunisia 2-0 in the final. In 2004, Tunisia won their only African title when they hosted the competition and beat Morocco 2-1 in the final.

For the third time, Egypt won AFCON when they hosted it in 2006, beating Cote d’Ivoire on penalties.

In the 1982 edition, Libya (the host) lost to Ghana 7-6 on penalties. In 2000, the Nigerian team lost to Cameroon 4-3 on penalties in the final.

Foreign players of Egyptian Premier League to follow in AFCON 2019

The qualifiers of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations came to an end. The finals will be held next summer from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, and the 24 qualified teams were announced.

Senegal, and Madagascar were qualified from Group A, Morocco and Cameroon from Group B, Mali and Burundi from Group C, Algeria and Benin from Group D, Nigeria and South Africa from Group E, Ghana and Kenya from Group F, and Zimbabwe and DR Congo from Group G.

Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire were qualified from Group H, Angola and Mauritania from Group I, Egypt (host) and Tunisia from Group J, Guinea-Bissau and Namibia from Group K, and Uganda and Tanzania from Group L.

In this edition of AFCON, Egyptians will not only be following their national team, but also the foreign players who play for Egyptian clubs in the Egyptian Premier League, most prominently, the trio of the Tunisian team, Hamdi Nagguez, Ferjani Sassi, and Ali Maâloul. Nagguez and Sassi play now for Zamalek SC, while Maâloul plays for Al Ahly SC.

Alain Giresse, the coach of the Tunisian national team, is expected to rely on the three players who have previously played with Tunisia in the FIFA World Cup in Russia under the former coach Nabil Maâloul.

Moroccan Khalid Boutaïb is considered one of the main players in the Atlantic Lions team even before he joined Zamalek. French Hervé Renard relies heavily on him to lead the team’s attacking line. The Moroccan team is also likely to include Al Ahly’s star Walid Azaro, and Zamalek’s winger Hamid Ahaddad.

Al Ahly’s Geraldo is also expected to play with Angola’s national team. The player presents a good performance with the Cairo giants and definitely will be followed by the Egyptian fans.

The Namibian Benson Shilongo, who currently plays for Ismaily SC, will likely be included in his national team’s squad which return to AFCON after an 11-year absence.

Tanzanian players Himid Mao Mkami (Petrojet SC) and Shiza Kichuya (Enppi SC) will join their national team in AFCON which also return after a 39-year absence.

Malagasy Paulin Voavy who plays for Misr Lel Makkasa SC will also join Madagascar’s national team which will make their debut in AFCON finals this year. Voavy is one of the main players of the current squad of Madagascar.

Aboubacar Diarra, the attacking midfielder of Enppi SC, will be seen with Mali in AFCON, after he played most of the qualifiers.

DR Congo’s win over Liberia in the last round of AFCON qualifiers gave the chance to Enppi’s forward Chadrack Lukombe to play with his national team in the prestigious championship for the first time in his career.

For Zamalek’s Kabongo Kasongo, there are doubts about his participation with DR Congo in AFCON, as he is in a race against time to recover from his recent injury.

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Olympic Committee looks for alternative to Khaled Nasif after dissolving Volleyball Federation https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/08/olympic-committee-looks-for-alternative-to-khaled-nasif-after-dissolving-volleyball-federation/ Wed, 08 May 2019 08:19:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697487 The board of directors of the Olympic Committee, headed by Hesham Hatab, will hold an important meeting within the next few hours to discuss the situation after the Egyptian Volleyball Federation decided to exclude Khaled Nasif Salim, the federation’s president, following a ruling made against the elections. The intention is to call a general assembly …

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The board of directors of the Olympic Committee, headed by Hesham Hatab, will hold an important meeting within the next few hours to discuss the situation after the Egyptian Volleyball Federation decided to exclude Khaled Nasif Salim, the federation’s president, following a ruling made against the elections.

The intention is to call a general assembly to elect a new member, after Salim’s departure, who lost his post after the election was invalidated.

Hatab and his council are selecting from among more than one official to nominate them in the complementary elections expected to be held with the first call for a regular general assembly.

However, the Olympic Council is considering how to prepare for the next Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020, and faces a severe crisis of lacking support for a large number of clubs. The coming period is scheduled to witness intensive meetings with union officials to check candidate programmes in order to represent Egypt at the upcoming Tokyo games.

An official source within the Olympic Committee revealed that the board has put his hand on a number of players nominated to compete for a medal, and is currently coordinating with the technical bodies to discover their programmes for the next stage.

The source, who declined to be identified, said that Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, closely follows all matters related to the process of champions, and recently succeeded in developing a strategy for the champions to prepare them professionally and provide them with external camps before participating in the Tokyo Olympics.

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After qualifying for final of confederation, lions of Zamalek awarded https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/08/after-qualifying-for-final-of-confederation-lions-of-zamalek-awarded/ Wed, 08 May 2019 08:14:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697484 Celebrations dominated the Zamalek club after the white team qualified to the final of the African Confederation Cup at the expense of Étoile Sportive du Sahel to lead the white team to the final of the tournament with a total of 1-0 in both games, to face the Moroccan RS Berkane in the final Confederation …

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Celebrations dominated the Zamalek club after the white team qualified to the final of the African Confederation Cup at the expense of Étoile Sportive du Sahel to lead the white team to the final of the tournament with a total of 1-0 in both games, to face the Moroccan RS Berkane in the final Confederation tournament.

Zamalek officials and the technical staff praised the fighting spirit of the Zamalek players to the extent that the technical staff described the players as lions as they were able to overcome the away game factor and won in the semi-finals.

Furthermore, Zamalek’s management immediately rewarded each player by giving each EGP 100,000 for their efforts in qualifying for the final. The management pledged a further reward if they won the title.

For his part, Zamalek announced that one of the best things in this tournament is that it is difficult.

Moreover, Zamalek’s president revealed that he asked the minister of youth and sports to play the African final of the Confederation in front of RS Berkane of Morocco, scheduled for 26 May at Cairo Stadium, instead of Borg El Arab in Alexandria, stressing that Zamalek plays for Egypt’s name and that its qualification for the final will not be less important than Egypt organising the African Nations Championship.

Regarding Zamalek’s intention to apply for some matches in the league, he commented that there will be coordination between Zamalek president and Hani Abu Reda, head of the Egyptian Football Association.

On the other hand, the intention within the Zamalek club is to file an appeal to the African Football Confederation (CAF) against the decision of the referee in the previous game of a red card toward player Mahmoud Abdel Rahim Genish.

Over and above, Zamalek officials confirmed that the referee did not announce the yellow card in the first incident and the second time he announced the first card and then the red card.

Additionally, Zamalek are hoping to restore their main goalkeeper’s efforts, especially as he was the star against ES Sahel in Tunisia.

Omar Al-Said, Zamalek’s striker, took the goalkeeper’s position after the red card in the extra time of the game in the second leg of the semi-final.

However, Zamalek is forced to renew the contract of Christian Gross under the improvement of the team’s results and continued to achieve victories under the Swiss coach, despite the reservations of the club’s president.

The Zamalek president announced that it is illogical that Zamalek crowned the league, the Confederation and the Cup, under the leadership of Gross, and then dispense with him, even if he was the worst coach. But officials of the White Castle said that renewal of the contract is deferred until the end of the confederation championship. The contract will officially end following the end of the confederation by the end of May.

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World’s No 1 said that not including squash in Olympics so far is purely political https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/08/worlds-no-1-said-that-not-including-squash-in-olympics-so-far-is-purely-political/ Wed, 08 May 2019 08:09:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697477 Generations continue to keep Egypt's monopoly on squash: Farag

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Ali Farag, born 22 April 1992 in Cairo, is an Egyptian professional squash player in the Egyptian national team. He graduated from Harvard University in 2014, where he received a mechanical engineering degree and was one of the best players in the league with only two defeats. As a member of the squash team at Harvard University, he won two titles and helped the team in 2014 obtain its first university title in 17 years. After graduation, Farag became a professional player and climbed the highest international rankings in record time.

He received the best player squash title for April 2015 by the International Professional Squash Association. He is now leading the global ranking and won the international Gouna squash tournament a few days ago, which is one of the largest seven world championships worldwide. Daily News Egypt interviewed Farag, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What is your comment on the retirement of Ramy Ashour? Did you expect it?

Ramy Ashour’s retirement is a sad day in the history of squash. He has succeeded in moving the game to a better place. He is like Federer in tennis and Mohamed Ali in boxing. We wished he would continue for longer even though we expected his retirement as he did not participate in any championship during the last year, and suffered from an injury in the last three years.

How did you assess the Gouna Squash Championship? What is the difference between it and other international tournaments?

The Gouna Championship is organised at the highest level, by Amr Mansa, the founder of the tournament, and for us, as Egyptians, it is the most important platinum tournaments, because it is held on our land and before artists and businessmen.

What are your ambitions after leading the world ranking?

My ambition is to maintain the first position for as long as possible. I try to deliver the message of squash, and it is an excellent and great game, and I can promote it and send a message that the player can study in the best universities in the world and return to Egypt to become a champion in the game he loves.

What do you think of excluding squash from the Olympics?

This is a purely political matter, and this does not hinder the game. One day, I am sure that the Olympic committee will come to tell us that it wants to enter squash in the Olympic programme.

What is your relationship with the squash union, especially under the union’s policy of caring for young players more than adults?

The federation was very interested in us when we were young players, and we were motivated by sending the top five players to the England Open, and we were travelling in world championships for teams and singles, which is a great incentive for us.

Who do you fear to face?

I played with Kareem Abdul Gawad when we were 9 years old. For me he is always and will forever be the toughest competitor. He is very talented and hard to read. It is always difficult for me to compete with him.

What is the most prominent crisis that can meet any player who starts his life in squash?

The game is very expensive, not cheap, there is a financial obstacle, because it is not available to all people, in addition to the fierce competition, but any player who worked hard to train could reach the top, though it is important to have a good coach.

What is the role of the top players in supporting the youth?

The main reason for Egypt’s squash monopoly is the continuity of generations, because the children put adults as role models for them. When we were young, the adults helped us and did not spare us their experience.

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Liverpool looks for miracle against Barcelona in Champions League tonight https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/07/liverpool-looks-for-miracle-against-barcelona-in-champions-league-tonight/ Tue, 07 May 2019 20:00:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697472 Reds looking for compensation 0-3 loss

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Liverpool, where Egyptian star footballer Mohamed Salah plays, will face Barcelona at 9pm tonight on the Anfield Stadium in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The first leg had ended 0-3 to FC Barcelona.

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez scored in the 26 minute mark, then Lionel Messi in the 75th and 82th minutes.

Barcelona came to this game after they managed to overcome the obstacle of Manchester United by winning one goal to one in the first leg, then 3-0 in the second leg, while Liverpool arrived at the expense of Porto of Portugal, winning two goals to none then 4-1 in the second leg.

Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé is absent from the Barcelona list, where the Catalan team is dedicated to focusing on the Champions League, having retained the Spanish League title for the second consecutive year and the 26th in the club’s history.

On the other side, the title of the Premier League remains on fire between Liverpool and Manchester City with one game left to settle the champion.

The Liverpool attack recently suffered a decline in their level, and this was evident in the last game in the English League team against Newcastle United, which ended with the victory of the Reds with difficulty– three goals to two. Egyptian Pharaoh Mohamed Salah scored the second goal for his team before leaving the pitch injured.

The last encounter in the final round of the league competition witnessed the injury of the Egyptian Pharaoh Mohamed Salah, who exited with an injury he suffered in the 73rd minute of the game after a violent encounter with Newcastle’s goalkeeper, who hit Salah’s head with his knees.

Some reports confirm Salah’s participation in the game today, and that the injury he suffered is slight.

Football fans are waiting for a special match between the Egyptian Pharaoh, Mohamed Salah, and Argentinean star Lionel Messi, who had previously met when Salah was playing for Rome, while Messi led Barcelona to face Liverpool in two games.

The first leg is the first for Barca to win over Liverpool at Camp Nou, where Barcelona could not beat the Reds in two visits of the English team in the Champions League.

The Reds were able to beat Barcelona 2-1 before falling in the second leg with one goal at the Anfield in the last game between the two teams in the round of 16 in 2007.

In 2001, the two teams met for the first time in the Champions League, in the group stage, where Barcelona scored three goals to win against Liverpool, and Liverpool drew 0-0 at Camp Nou.

On the other hand, the two teams are already in the semi-finals of the European Championship on two occasions. Liverpool has the upper hand in them, where the Reds managed to reach the final at the expense of the Catalan team in 1976 and 2001.

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Woman leadership in sports selected at FIG’s women leadership reform project https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/07/woman-leadership-in-sports-selected-at-figs-women-leadership-reform-project/ Tue, 07 May 2019 15:42:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697448 Egypt’s rhythmic gymnast icon, Noha Abou Shabana, was selected earlier this week by the Fédération Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) to join an intensive women leadership reform project to empower women and train them in order to take critical roles at the FIG. Abou Shabana, president of the technical committee in the Egyptian gymnastics federation and …

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Egypt’s rhythmic gymnast icon, Noha Abou Shabana, was selected earlier this week by the Fédération Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) to join an intensive women leadership reform project to empower women and train them in order to take critical roles at the FIG.

Abou Shabana, president of the technical committee in the Egyptian gymnastics federation and vice president of the technical committee in the FIG

She was selected to be one of 20 women worldwide to join the project, out of the belief they have potential which can be tapped to take over critical roles at the FIG.Abou Shabana was nominated for the project by the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation, to be the only Egyptian woman in the federation’s project. 

The project aims to empower women into taking effective roles in the society, preparing them for the elections of 2020.

Previously, Abou Shabana won the FIG elections in 2008, becoming the first Egyptian Arab woman to join the FIG and the youngest one in the FIG’s history to join it at the age of 28.

Throughout her long career, Abou Shabana introduced rhythmic gymnastics in some Arab countries, including Syria, Qatar, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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David Wagner has the goods to shake up Schalke https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/03/david-wagner-has-the-goods-to-shake-up-schalke/ Fri, 03 May 2019 17:53:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697152 The post David Wagner has the goods to shake up Schalke appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Schalke are reportedly on the verge of appointing David Wagner as its new coach. Once of Borussia Dortmund, Wagner has the quality to shake them back into life after a disastrous season of disappointment."I prefer passion in the game, I like speed, I like to score goals. Everybody knows the full-throttle football that we try to create."

Those were David Wagner's first words when taking charge at unfancied Huddersfield Town in England's second division. A club many tipped for relegation.

In three years he would stabilize Huddersfield, lead them to promotion, and then keep them afloat in the Premier League. All on a shoestring budget.

Now, after parting ways with Huddersfield in January, Wagner is reportedly close to signing with Schalke, tasked with the risky and sizeable task of revitalizing a once-proud club that has spectacularly collapsed this season.

If his previous tenure at Huddersfield is anything to go by, Wagner has the goods needed to save this sinking ship, but can he match fans' high expectations of returning to Champions League football?

Klopp 2.0 or Pressing Pretender?

Much has been made of Wagner's connections to Jürgen Klopp; his assistant at Borussia Dortmund for four years, his best man, the godfather of his child. And, of course, his version of the famous gegenpressing now prevalent in German football.

Huddersfield caught opponents by surprise with their aggressive tactics in the Championship, but were forced to tone down their style when faced with the financial clout of opponents in the Premier League.

Survival in his first Premier League season, built on controlled pressing, organization and fast transitions, was soon followed by a barren second campaign. The goals dried up with Huddersfield scoring just 13 in 22 games, winning just once, when Wagner departed.

An over-reliance on counter-attacking was exposed, while off-season signings failed to pay off and a lack of firepower up front proved debilitating.

"I know exactly what went wrong," Wagner reflected to The Times recently. "Our business in the summer wasn't the best compared to the others."

The right fit?

Simply blaming poor transfers won't fly, but if Wagner can learn from past mistakes then he should suit Schalke well. A squad player during the club's famous run to UEFA Cup victory in 1997, he would likely be given time to breath by a passionate fan base.

His lack of experience in the Bundesliga is also little obstacle, given German football's long history of finding success in young coaches from Jupp Heynckes through to Julian Nagelsmann.

"The set-up has to be right," Wagner said about his next coaching role.

"The owner has to be brave enough to try and bring his club forward and the mindset has to be exciting and challenging."

This is where Wagner's success or failure at Schalke would be decided. Poor recruitment hurt Schalke this season and Wagner's relationship with new sporting director Jochen Schneider would be crucial, as well as the financial backing from Schalke's management.

Investment and overhaul

Schalke's financial clout – they were the Bundesliga's third biggest spenders last summer – would give Wagner scope to shape his squad, which requires adjustments if not a complete makeover.

Tedesco's attempt to transition from a conservative to a more adventurous game plan early in the season backfired, and he wasn't able to get the best out of some struggling players.

Wagner must instill his playing style immediately, with a clear vision for how his team should play football. Then he must pinpoint where the squad has to be strengthened. But he does have an existent core to work with.

Sebastian Rudy, a big summer-signing flop, could actually be the lynchpin for Wagner's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, which requires a deep-lying midfielder who can drop between the center-backs and allow attack-minded fullbacks to stream forward.

In Salif Sane, Wagner has a defender who can look imperious on his day, such as against Dortmund last weekend. Helping him rediscover his mojo will be key to forming a strong defense along with Matija Nastasic and Alexander Nübel.

And Breel Embolo has the potential, albeit so far unfulfilled, to be a dangerous frontman in the Bundesliga. The youngster certainly provides Wagner a better option than he was ever afforded at Huddersfield.

But repairing a fractured dressing room and team morale would be top of Wagner's list and a job the personable 47-year-old would find natural.

Team unity, top priority

"The passion and fight that you saw here must be shown in all Bundesliga games, so we have to ask ourselves why that hasn't been the case,” Schneider lamented after the Dortmund victory.

It's been a constant question on Schalke fans' lips all season.

Wagner's most important job would be to build a cohesive unit in the dressing room and weed out any detractors who may have been disruptive in Tedesco's reign. There will likely be more than one or two.

And here is where Wagner is perhaps best placed, given the atmosphere he created at Huddersfield. Even during the bad times, his players remained loyal and fans never called for his removal. Another trait he appears to share with best mate Klopp.

Wagner comes with risks, without a doubt, but if Schalke give him time to develop his squad, his playing style, and a harmonious working environment, the Royal Blues could find themselves back where they belong.

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Daily News Egypt reveals Youth, Sports Ministry’s 2019 investment plan https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/25/daily-news-egypt-reveals-youth-sports-ministrys-2019-investment-plan/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:00:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696770 Ministry allocated EGP 425m for 16 projects, EGP 2bn to develop stadiums in New Capital to be completed in June

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Under the leadership of the Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy, the ministry is planning to establish several of projects as part of its investment plan this year.

The budget allocated for sports investment in the current fiscal year (FY) amounted to EGP 1.2bn, Adel Radwan, head of the Central Administration for Sports Investments in the ministry of youth and sports, told Daily News Egypt.

This administration supervises four sub-administrations: finance, sports marketing, commercial affairs, and establishments’ development.

He added that the ministry was opening the way for partnership with the private sector under the usufruct system.

“There was no government guarantee in the past, which frustrated investors. But in the presence of Ashraf Sobhy as a specialist in investment and sports marketing, he created an attractive environment for investors,” he said. “Under his guidance, we started simplifying procedures and blowing up routine and complexities.”

Moreover, Radwan said, “We always try to open the door to Arab and foreign investors, through calls for communication and conferences where clarification of the new investment thinking of the ministry is explained.”

He said that the ministry addressed private clubs in order to reconcile their situation by giving them the opportunity according to the law to finish it in December 2019. Until now, 12 companies got the license, which is a very good number. Three more companies are going through the process at a cost of EGP 6m, which was obtained by the ministry.

Furthermore, he said that the file of the Ghazl El Mahalla SC for the establishment of a sports services company separate from the parent company is being studied through the legal advisor before making a decision on it.

The Director of the Finance and Investment Department in the ministry, Adel Al-Sayed, said that the department is responsible for channelling the funds approved by the ministry of planning and the National Investment Bank (NIB), and discussing its budget in the House of Representatives to spend on the infrastructure of sports facilities.

Over and above, he added that these projects are diverse, including stadiums, swimming pools, playgrounds, open arenas, and more. All projects, including open projects and new projects, are coordinated in accordance with the financial allocations available in accordance with the instructions of the minister of youth and sports.

He added that the budget is determined by the ministry of planning and the NIB. The projects are presented to the minister for approval, addressing official authorities. The budget is estimated at EGP 425m as basic funds in the current FY.

He stated that, in the current year, there are 16 projects, some of which span for over one year, while others will be completed quickly, such as the open arenas project, which started in January and its first phase will conclude with the opening of 120 pitches in different governorates in March.

He pointed out that the ministry considers the actual needs of the governorates of in terms of sports facilities, taking into account the social dimension and the availability of facilities and their ratios between the provinces, before setting up the facilities. The investment and finance department works on the government side only, while opening the door for partnerships with the private sector in the subsequent stages, should the establishments department believe it can secure investors to build more facilities for the projects.

Al-Sayed said that they adhere to the contractual terms and the duration of projects, in some projects there are some adjustments, which sometimes lengthen the time period set for the completion of projects. Last FY, projects were 100% completed.

He pointed out that the minister of youth and sports is seriously interested in sports investment, and looks at it through several angles, whether by the government’s or the private sector’s.

Additionally, he said that the development of stadiums in preparation for hosting the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 is allocated EGP 400m in the first phase. The stadiums, and their needs for further funds, will be evaluated in the coming period.

The problem of Egypt was in documenting and declaring clubs without infrastructure, so that there would be a renaissance of sports. It was necessary to establish what these clubs needed. At the same time, the government’s needs must be implemented including public facilities, stadiums, pitches, and swimming pools, he pointed out.

Randa Gamal Eldin, director of engineering and enterprise development, said that from the day after the announcement of Egypt’s right to organise the African Cup of Nations 2019, the ministry team prepared a plan to raise the efficiency of the stadiums which will host the tournament in order to appear all proper for the big event, while taking into account the requests of the African Union and FIFA.

She said that Sadat Company has won the right to develop the stadiums due to lack of time. Hassan Allam is involved in the development of all stadiums except Cairo Stadium, which will be developed by the military production ministry and the Arab Contractors Company.

Gamal Eldin explained that the ministry of youth and sports technically delivered stadiums. A plan was developed in preparation to allocate the budget for the development of stadiums, following the determination of each stadium’s needs through the Cosmos Advisory Office in Alexandria, Port Said, Ismailia, and air defence, while the EGC is responsible for the Cairo Stadium. The budget for the development will be set next week.

Furthermore, she pointed out that there are several projects carried out by the ministry of youth and sports, such as the Sports City in the New Administrative Capital which is on an area of 92 feddan. The facilities are 85% completed at a cost of EGP 2bn, which may increase, due to new measurements that followed new requests of different unions to match international standards. It should be completed in July.

She said that in terms of preparing to host the Handball World Cup 2021, Cairo Stadium halls will need some simple furnishings. About 85% of the stadiums in the New Administrative Capital have been completed, while the October hall construction is underway, to be completed within a year at a cost of EGP 900m. The Military Works Department is working with Gama Company on the project, which includes the main stadium and the training ground, as well as the headquarters of the African Union and the Academy of Handball, which raise the cost of its construction.

Moreover, she elaborated that the Engineering Corps in the armed forces is working on the Army Stadium in Borg El-Arab to accommodate 4,500 spectators at a cost of EGP 500m. The ministry of youth and sports will bear half of the figure, while the other half will be borne by the armed forces. There are two more halls, one of 20,000 spectators, while the other has a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

She pointed out that the ministry is currently studying the establishment of an integrated hotel of 11 floors including 480 rooms and a swimming pool in the sport city in Port Said. The approval of the ministry has been granted. A study is being prepared to establish it, in partnership with the private sector, on a usufruct scheme, while the other option is the ministry paying for the constructions in a contract with a specialised company for operations. 

According to the ministry, a large Olympic swimming pool will be established at the Olympic Centre in Maadi and a training pool comes at a cost of EGP 70m, in addition to a major basketball pitch. A swimming pool was established next to it to become a large sports centre.

She added that for the sports city in the city of the Sixth of October, which will be built on 70 feddan, it is currently being adjusted from a stadium into a major integrated sports city to benefit everyone. There is also a study to establish academies in all governorates, as all families are interested in sports.

Gamal Eldin added that there is a swimming pool being built at the Sheraton Sports Development Centre, which includes an Olympic swimming pool and a children’s pool, which is 50% completed by the ministry of military production and supervised by Cairo University. The first phase has started at a cost of EGP 35m. The project is set to be completed in the summer.

She said that the ministry is considering setting up five new Olympic cities in Sharm El-Sheikh, Alexandria, Hurghada, and Luxor. The ministry is now deciding on the land of the fifth city. The aim will be to serve tourism and sport at the same time, while working to put it up to investors through a usufruct scheme.

She pointed out that there is great interest in Upper Egypt for the presence of swimming pools, as there are no breathing spaces for swimming there, rendering the ministry keen to provide these services there.

The budget allocated to the enterprises represents only approximately 10% of the project it targets to implement. The ministry aims to transit in its project, to have sport establishments contribute to the GDP, which is the plan of the minister Sobhy.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich turn the screw in a reminder of champions past https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/20/bundesliga-bayern-munich-turn-the-screw-in-a-reminder-of-champions-past/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 17:01:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696504 The post Bundesliga: Bayern Munich turn the screw in a reminder of champions past appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich’s six consecutive titles have been marked by finding any way to win. That hasn’t always been the case this term, but their 1-0 win over a stubborn Werder Bremen team bore the hallmarks of a champion side."We're playing against the strongest squad in Germany but we have an idea," said Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt just before his side strode in to the Munich sun as the latest supporting characters in the Bundesliga title story.

Bremen, who also play Bayern in the German Cup on Wednesday, came into this game against the Bundesliga leaders as one of only two sides in Europe's major leagues to have scored in each of their league games (the other being Paris Saint-Germain). Kohfeldt's plan didn't rely on Bremen's most obvious strength and it took some mental and tactical strength for Bayern to overcome it.

The Green and Whites were set up to frustrate and to maintain another streak — their unbeaten record in 2019. The visitors were compact, organized and happy to be a little physical. Theodor Gebre Selassie thundered into Kingsley Coman either side of the break, frustrating the French winger, while Milos Veljkovic took an early yellow for dumping Robert Lewandowski to the turf as the striker tried to turn in the 18th minute.

In the first half, Kohfeldt's idea looked a sound one and more dropped points looked a possibility for the champions. Niko Kovac's iteration of Bayern Munich have struggled at several points this season to put sides away, whether conceding sloppy goals or failing to capitalize on periods of dominance. And until Niklas Süle's deflected 75th minute strike, it looked like that might be the case again.

The Bavarians struggled to adapt to Bremen's shape and physicality in the opening period but were happier to use the wide areas, Serge Gnabry in particular, to trouble their opponents after the break. Though the dismissal of Veljkovic helped, there was a relentlessness to Bayern's second half pressure that felt familiar to anyone who has watched the Bundesliga in the past six seasons. It felt like the muscle memory of this experienced team of title winners was starting to return.

Jiri Pavlenka made exceptional saves from Gnabry and Lewandowski, and Thomas Müller missed from close range before Süle's speculative drive deflected in.

A title-worthy performance

If the goal was fortunate, the win wasn't. For all that Kohfeldt's idea was sound, it was the first part of his comment that rang truest, Bayern do look the "strongest squad in Germany."

While the demolition of Borussia Dortmund earlier in the month was a statement of power and intent, this win by the Bavarians was the stuff titles are made of. Bayern came through a difficult opening, and found a way to beat stubborn opponents. It wasn't especially pretty and the profligacy of Gnabry, Müller and, late on, Lewandowski will be a concern for Niko Kovac.

But they got the job done once again and move four points clear ahead of Dortmund's trip to Freiburg on Sunday. They picked a good time to rediscover old habits.

That Bremen's scoring run should be dashed against the rocks at the Allianz Arena is of no huge surprise, with Saturday's shutout Bayern's fifth in a row at home. Another hurdle has been cleared as the title race enters its home straight. Bayern may not quite be at full pelt, but they know how to win from the front. Over to you, Dortmund.

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