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SAfrica to replace Libya as 2013 African Cup host

JOHANNESBURG: The South African Football Association said Thursday it had signed an agreement with Libya’s football federation to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations in place of the troubled north African nation. In its statement, SAFA said the agreement will see Libya stage the 2017 Cup of Nations, which was initially awarded to South …

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Spain favorites in U20 World Cup

By Stephen Wade  / AP MEDELLIN, Colombia: Spain will be the favorite to add another World Cup to its trophy case — this time the Under-20 version — when the tournament begins on Friday. Ghana, which upset Brazil two years ago in the final in Egypt, has failed to qualify this time around. But six-time champion …

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Wydad holds Ahly to 3-3 draw as group stage opens

JOHANNESBURG: Last-minute addition Wydad Casablanca of Morocco held six-time champion Ahly of Egypt to a 3-3 draw as the African Champions League group stage opened with ties in every one of its four games over the weekend. Wydad — which only earned its place in Group B after defending champion TP Mazembe was disqualified — …

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Egypt hosts U10 Tennis Circuit for the first time

CAIRO: Egypt’s U10 Tennis Circuit was held for the first time in Egypt from May 20–June 18 in four different clubs throughout Cairo namely Dokki Shooting Club, Heliopolis Club, Gezira Sporting Club and Palm Club, where the circuit was initiated and concluded for this round with the Masters Championship. The circuit concept was formed a …

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US opens U-19 tourney with 115-60 win over Egypt

LIEPAJA: The United States opened its Under-19 basketball World Championships defense by scoring the first 22 points of a 115-60 victory over Egypt on Thursday. Doug McDermott had 19 points to lead the United States, which had all 12 player score. Joe Jackson and Jeremy Lamb both had 15 points for the Americans, who play …

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WADA lab errors falsely accused athletes of doping

LAUSANNE: Egypt international footballer Hossam Ghaly and an American female marathon runner were falsely suspected of doping because of a Malaysian laboratory’s mistakes, according to a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling. Ghaly was among three Middle East-based players who served suspensions because the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Penang wrongly reported positive tests for …

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Ismaili unfazed by FA threat, reveal withdrawal plan

CAIRO: Ismaili explained how they are willing to pull their team out of the Egyptian Premier League without being subjected to any sanctions. The coastal club announced their withdrawal from the domestic competition in protest over refereeing, following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Gaish. Their decision was met with a pinch of salt by the …

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Shokri happy with Jose’s ‘fairness’, Shehab not

CAIRO: Ahly outcast Ahmed Shokri is unfazed by his insignificant role under Manuel Jose, stressing that he has confidence in his manager. The 21-year-old midfielder has yet to make a single appearance under Jose, even though he played some part with the Portuguese’s predecessor Zizo. “I am not being treated unfairly. In fact I’ve been …

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Ahly to postpone Eid talks

CAIRO: Ahly will open talks with Harras Hodoud star Ahmed Eid at the end of the season, out of respect to the Alexandrian club. The league holders declared interest in the 30-year-old winger recently, with his contract running out in January 2012. “We said before that we’re interested in Eid’s services, but we decided to …

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Zaher underlines ‘difficult choice’ of Shehata’s successor

  CAIRO: Egyptian FA chairman Samir Zaher admitted that the association is facing difficulties naming a successor for departing manager Hassan Shehata.   Shehata ended a seven-year reign as Egypt manager after failing to take the team for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, following a 0-0 qualifying draw with South Africa. Despite revealing that …

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Shehata no longer coach of Egypt

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association has parted company with coach Hassan Shehata, a day after a shock 0-0 draw against South Africa all but ended any hope of defending its African Cup of Nations title. "The two parties agreed on ending contract of the coaching staff for Egypt national team under the leadership of Hassan …

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Egypt players were nervous: Hassan

CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan says that pressure was the reason behind Egypt’s disappointing draw against South Africa. Egypt’s failure to win for the fourth time in a row virtually ended their hopes of reaching the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever. While the majority of fans are unhappy with the players, captain …

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Jose questions Egypt preparation, defends Shehata

CAIRO: Ahly coach Manuel Jose is unsure over Hassan Shehata’s pre-match approach, but believes that no one should criticize him following the shock exit from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Egypt’s goalless draw by South Africa on Sunday meant that the African champions are virtually out of the qualifying stage for the first time …

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Egypt’s hopes all but gone, Ivory Coast qualifies

  JOHANNESBURG: Egypt’s hopes of defending its title at next year’s African Cup of Nations are all but gone after the seven-time continental champion was held to a damaging 0-0 draw at home by South Africa in qualifying on Sunday.   Egypt — which has won Africa’s top football tournament three times in a row …

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Desperate Egypt, Cameroon face crucial qualifiers

JOHANNESBURG: Powerhouses Egypt and Cameroon — with 11 continental titles between them — face critical qualifying matches for the 2012 African Cup of Nations this weekend as both teeter on the brink of shock eliminations. A desperate Egypt effectively needs to beat South Africa in Cairo on Sunday to avoid missing out next year on …

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Divers pray for wings at Red Bull Cliff Diving competition

ATHENS: The crowd goes silent as Gary Hunt makes his way across a 27-meter high platform. They then let out a collective gasp as he freefalls into Lake Vouliagmeni – executing his signature front quad with 1.5 twists along the way, ultimately earning himself first place at the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff …

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South African ‘hard men’ to miss Egypt

By David Legge /AFP JOHANNESBURG: South Africa will lack injured ‘hard men’ Bongani Khumalo and Thanduyise Khuboni when they face defending champions Egypt in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month. Victory for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) on June 5 at the 73,000-seat Cairo Stadium would eliminate the Pharaohs from the race for places …

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African football leaders urge backing for Blatter

CAIRO: Sepp Blatter won more support on Monday as the Confederation of African Football advised its members to back the FIFA president in his re-election bid. However, the African endorsement was less emphatic than unanimous support Blatter received from football leaders in Europe, South America and Oceania. "Following a secret ballot, the CAF executive committee …

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CAF says Hayatou denies corruption allegations

By AP CAIRO: The African football federation says its president and FIFA executive committee member Issa Hayatou denies the corruption allegations made against him in a British parliamentary hearing. CAF said Wednesday in a statement that Hayatou describes as “pure invention” claims he took money in return for voting for Qatar’s successful bid to host …

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Saving the beautiful game: A radical revision of the rules of football (Part 2)

  Diving/Acting   Players diving in theater-like fashion inside the penalty box attempting to confuse referees into awarding them a penalty kick should be immediately red carded and suspended for two matches. Consequently, the team committing such an offense inside the penalty box would be required to play with a man down for the rest …

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Ahly’s injury-prone Fadl out for six weeks

CAIRO: Ahly’s injury-prone striker Mohamed Fadl has been sidelined for six weeks after suffering another relapse with his calf problem. The former Ismaili man missed the weekend’s league match with Masri after aggravating his calf injury in training. The same injury also prevented him from featuring for Ahly in the Champions League clash at ZESCO …

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Egypt U-20 win African bronze medal

  CAIRO: Egypt U-20 won the bronze medal in the African Championship after beating Mali 1-0 on Sunday.   Mohamed Hamdi hit the winner for Dyaa Al-Sayed’s men five minutes past the hour mark after converting a one-on-one chance. The young Pharaohs had lost to Cameroon on penalties in the semi finals to set up …

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Egypt grouped with Brazil in U-20 World Cup

CAIRO: Egypt will kick-off their FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign with a big clash against Brazil after both teams were put in Group E. The draw, which took place in Colombian coastal city of Cartagena, also put Panama and Austria in the same group. Egypt hosted the tournament in 2009 and Brazil just lost out …

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Jose says Abou-Trika will retire in a year or two

CAIRO: Ahly manager Manuel Jose still has faith in Mohamed Abou-Trika but believes the veteran playmaker will retire from professional football in a year or two. "Ahly have a lot of ageing players in the squad. They have vast experience but they are not as they used to be," Jose told reporters on Tuesday. "Abou-Trika …

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Gift goal takes Egypt to youth semis

By AFP SOWETO, South Africa: Egypt clinched second place in Group A of the African youth championship Saturday thanks to a gift-wrapped 1-0 victory over South Africa. A careless short clearance by goalkeeper Rowen Williams deep in first half stoppage time flew back into the net off the right knee of Egypt striker Mohamed Hamdy. …

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Zamalek fined, to play behind closed doors

JOHANNESBURG: The Confederation of African Football has fined Egyptian club Zamalek $80,000 and ordered it to play behind closed doors following a violent pitch invasion by fans in an African Champions League game in Cairo. CAF says on Wednesday that Zamalek is guilty of violating four articles of the body’s disciplinary code in the match …

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Football league resumes amid tightened security

CAIRO: Following a three-month suspension, the Egyptian football league resumed Wednesday with five matches amid tightened security measures by police. Al-Ahly beat Police Union 2-1 in Cairo, while Smouha beat Military Production 3-2 in Alexandria and Al-Gouna beat ENPPI 2-1 in Hurghada. Both games between Ismaily and Petrojet in Ismailia and Talae’ Al-Geish and Al-Masry …

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Unrest at Zamalek as 12 players file complaint

CAIRO: A dozen Zamalek players made an official complaint to the Egyptian FA against their club over unpaid wages for several months. “It’s not like some reports claimed that they want to terminate their contracts. The players are just trying to have their late wages,” Zamalek chairman Galal Ibrahim told FilGoal.com. “We are trying by …

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CAF disciplinary board to meet over fan violence

CAIRO: Egyptian football was thrown further into disarray after the African Football Confederation said Monday it will investigate a violent pitch invasion by fans of Cairo club Zamalek in an African Champions League match. CAF said in a statement that its disciplinary body will meet in Johannesburg in April to consider reports by match officials …

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Egypt apologizes to Tunisia for football ‘thuggery,’ postpones league

CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf described Saturday’s events, when angry Zamalek fans stormed the pitch of Cairo Stadium during a home game against Tunisian side Africain, as an “act of thuggery.” In a meeting Sunday with Tarek Al-Adab, Charge d’Affaires at the Tunisian embassy in Cairo, Sharaf said what happened “does not represent the Egyptian …

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