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Zamalek give Egyptian fans reason to cheer

JOHANNESBURG: Crack Cairo club Zamalek host Kenyan military outfit Ulinzi Stars Sunday in an African Champions League tie that marks the return of competitive football to Egypt. The first round, second leg qualifier is set for the 22,000-seat Military Academy Stadium in the capital city after plans to stage the game in Libya were scrapped …

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Egypt to ask for African Cup postponement

CAIRO: The Egyptian football association will ask to have next month’s African Cup of Nations qualifying match against South Africa postponed because of unrest at home. Egypt is scheduled to play in South Africa on March 24 in Group G of the qualifying tournament. Association spokesman Azmey Mejahed says Egypt will ask African federation officials …

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Egypt striker Mido ready to rejoin Cairo’s Zamalek

CAIRO: Egyptian striker Ahmed “Mido” Hossam is set to rejoin Cairo club Zamalek on a three-and-a-half-year contract. The Egyptian club’s website said Thursday the much-traveled Ajax player arrived in Cairo on Thursday and is expected to complete the deal after Zamalek’s Egyptian Premier League match on Friday. The 27-year-old said he would end his career …

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Davis Love III picked as US Ryder Cup captain

MEDINAH: Davis Love III had to share his big day with Chicago’s beloved Bears. If he leads the Americans to the Ryder Cup in the fall of 2012, he’ll have the whole town to himself. An emotional and enthusiastic Love was introduced Thursday as the next U.S. captain of the Ryder Cup, then spent the …

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Sports Talk: A problem wherever she goes

Women wearing the hijab cannot get a break these days. In Tunisia, land of the shock and awe-inspiring ultra-swift coup, the supposed Law No. 108 of 1981 bans Tunisian women from wearing the hijab inside state-run bodies. There are stories of Tunisian police randomly making their way into markets and ripping the hijabs from women’s …

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Nadal, Federer and Co. headline flood fundraiser

MELBOURNE: Andy Roddick was cracking crude jokes. Kim Clijsters stunned the crowd by trying a running chest-bump with Sam Stosur. Rafa and Roger took time out from their rivalry to exchange high-fives and play on the same side of the net. The sold-out fundraiser for Australia’s flood victims—dubbed the “Rally for Relief”—came on the eve …

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Agassi picked for tennis Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS: The sport that has given Andre Agassi everything is giving him something more. The baseliner known for his aggressive returns and career Grand Slam announced Thursday that he will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, telling hundreds of students at a prep school he runs in Las Vegas that tennis …

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FIFA exec member open to winter World Cup in 2022

DOHA: FIFA executive committee member from Qatar is now open to discussing changing the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter. Mohammed bin Hammam, also president of the Asian Football Confederation, has repeatedly said he wants the World Cup during summer. But on Thursday, he softened his stance. “I’m not opposed, but I’m not proposing,” …

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Handball: Egypt virtually out of World Cup

CAIRO: Egypt were virtually ousted from the Handball World Championship after slumping to an embarrassing 18-31 loss to Spain on Wednesday. Spain were clearly superior throughout the match. They took advantage of Egypt’s recurring blunders to ease to victory. France and Spain went through from Group A while Germany and Tunisia will be vying with …

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Ahly’s Abdul-Fadil poised for sweeper role

CAIRO: Ahly boss Manuel Jose is likely to turn to Sherif Abdul-Fadil as a replacement for suspended sweeper Hossam Ghaly in the upcoming league match against MCDR. Abdul-Fadil, a natural center-half or right-back, moved to the sweeper position in Ahly’s pre-match practice on Thursday morning. After making his comeback last month, Jose implied that he …

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El Hadary to pay FIFA as ban appeal fails

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Switzerland’s supreme court ordered Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary on Wednesday to pay FIFA 12,000 Swiss francs ($12,500) in legal costs over his failed appeal against a ban for breaking his contract. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said El Hadary must also pay court costs of 10,000 Swiss francs, in addition to $796,500 compensation …

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Asamoah excited to join Egyptian Barca

CAIRO: Ismaili-bound striker Alex Asamoah is relishing the prospect of joining the coastal club after being told that Dervishes style of play resembles that of Barcelona. The Asante Kotoko ace, who was also targeted by Zamalek, chose Ismaili over the Cairo giants following some advice by fellow Ghanaians in the Egyptian Premier League. “I was …

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Wasla signs JV with Atelka

Wasla Contact Center entered into a joint venture with Atelka, a Canadian telecommunications and contact center management company, to provide Business Process Outsourcing services to clients and consumers in Egypt, Canada and Saudi Arabia. “By sharing and leveraging on both companies’ infrastructures and expertise in the information technology, this agreement will give us a unique …

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Egypt give South Africa 17-goal warning

CAIRO: Title holders Egypt have fired a 17-goal warning to South Africa ahead of a crucial 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier during March. The Pharaohs won the first Nile Basin Cup tournament with a 3-1 win over Uganda Monday after hitting the net 14 times in four matches en route to the Cairo climax. Striker …

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French race to adapt to new Maghreb mood

PARIS: An embarrassed France is scrambling to protect its position as the dominant Western influence in the Maghreb after a last-minute ditching of the iron-fisted Tunisian ruler it backed for 23 years. Paris was caught off guard by the speed with which a build-up of protests brought down Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, an ally for …

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Sayoud reveals decisive Jose conversation

CAIRO: Ahly’s Algerian starlet Amir Sayoud is willing to channel his frustration into hard work, following a private talk with manager Manuel Jose. Sayoud was among a handful of names to miss out on Ahly’s preliminary Champions League squad, casting doubts around his future with the Cairo club. However, it seems that the 20-year-old still …

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Hassan’s exclusion played down, Doe on brink

CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan’s exclusion from Ahly’s provisional Champions League squad is by no means an indication for his exit, but Francis Doe could is one player who could be soon offload, says the club’s transfer guru Adli Al-Qaeyi. Egypt skipper Hassan, who runs out of contract by the end of the season, has been surprisingly …

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Wind stops play in squash finals

LONDON: The World Series squash finals may be cancelled after wind stopped play before Nick Matthew, the world champion from England, and Amr Shabana, the four times former world champion from Egypt, could get on court for their showdown. A temporary court at the famous Queen’s club in Kensington was torn open by overnight gales …

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Mido has to accept another cut-price deal to stay at Boro

CAIRO: Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray didn’t rule out the possibility of having Mido back at the Riverside but stressed that Boro could only offer the Egyptian striker a cut-price deal. Mido surprisingly returned to the English minnows a couple of days ago after terminating his contract with Ajax Amsterdam due to lack of first-team opportunities. …

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Someone blemished my image at Ahly, says Al-Badri

CAIRO: Merreikh boss Hossam Al-Badri accused an anonymous person of tarnishing his image while he was in charge of Ahly, saying one of his then assistants turned the Cairo club’s fans against him. Al-Badri resigned as the Red Devils manager after November’s 3-1 league defeat at Ismaili, citing ‘unbearable pressure’ from the supporters as a …

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Messi dismisses talk of Barcelona Ballon d’Or rift

BARCELONA: Argentine star Lionel Messi on Thursday dismissed talk that defeating his Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi in the race for the Ballon d’Or had strained his relationship with the Spanish pair. "I don’t care what people say. I have the respect and the recognition of my team mates. All my colleagues congratulated me …

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Syria vow to secure surprise quarter-final spot

DOHA: Syria coach Tita Valeriu is confident his surprise-package team can secure a quarter-final spot at the Asian Cup for the first time despite being beaten by Japan. The Syrians face Jordan in their must-win final Group B game on Monday. "We actually played all attacking football and we were looking for the three points," …

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Bin Hammam rules out World Cup date change

LONDON: Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam on Friday ruled out shifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter or staging tournament matches around the Gulf region. Bin Hammam told Sky News in an interview that he was "unimpressed" by suggestions from FIFA President Sepp Blatter that the tournament could be moved to a …

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Zamalek move for Olympic goalkeeper

CAIRO: Zamalek are in talks with second-division Olympic over the transfer of goalkeeper Mahmoud Abdul-Rahim ‘Gennesh’ to the Cairo club this winter. “I will travel to Alexandria to negotiate the move and I think we could reach a final agreement by next week,” Zamalek chairman Galal Ibrahim told FilGoal.com. According to widespread reports, Olympic are …

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Mido training with Middlesbrough

CAIRO: Free agent Mido surprisingly returned to Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park headquarters, where he will be training for a while. The Egyptian nomad, who turns 28 next month, has been without a club since terminating his contract with Ajax Amsterdam last week due to lack of first-team opportunities. Boro manager Tony Mowbray allowed Mido to train …

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Tunisian club Esperance fined $52,000

CAIRO: The African Football Confederation has fined Tunisian club Esperance $52,000 and suspended player Ayman Ben Amor for six matches following trouble at the African Champions League final in November. Esperance was also ordered to play two matches behind closed doors, while Amor was handed a $10,000 fine. Congolese club TP Mazembe, which won the …

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Ahly’s Fadl suffers fresh injury blow

CAIRO: Ahly striker Mohamed Fadl has once again sustained a hamstring injury to become a major doubt for the next league game with MCDR, the Cairo club said. The 30-year-old missed last month’s Cairo derby against Zamalek after aggravating the injury in a 1-1 draw with Arab Contractors. He is now expected to resume full …

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Trika support could ease pressure on Shikabala

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou-Trika’s public support of Shikabala could finally ease crowd pressure on the Zamalek star. In a short and rare telephone interview with Al-Hayat TV, Abou-Trika described Shikabala, 24, as one of the most skilled players in Egypt. "He will play a big role with the national team in the near future," said the …

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Spain leads FIFA rankings; Qatar moves upward

ZURICH: World champion Spain still leads the FIFA rankings, and 2022 World Cup host Qatar was the biggest climber in the standings. Spain heads beaten finalist the Netherlands and Germany, then Brazil and Argentina fill out an unchanged top five. The only top-30 move sees Croatia rise one to No. 9 in a swap with …

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Shikabala, Ghaly back for Egypt against Brundi

CAIRO: Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has all of his men available for Tuesday’s Nile Basin tournament match with Brundi after Shikabala and Hossam Ghaly shook off respective injuries. Zamalek forward Shika missed last weekend’s 1-0 win over Uganda through a hamstring strain. Ahli’s holding midfielder Ghaly missed the Pharaohs’ previous two matches in the friendly …

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