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Egypt president rewards players and coach

Egypt president rewards players and coach

African Sports
Egypt President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has given a bonus of $US85,000 to each of the players who clinched a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. A 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville saw them qualify for the global showpiece for the first time since 1990. The president announced the reward on Monday as he met the Argentine coach Hector Cuper and the players. "Maybe we don't play beautiful football but we are at the World cup and that's the most important thing," Cuper said. Egypt President Al-Sisi had special praise for match-winner Mohamed Salah, who scored a penalty in injury time to secure the qualification. "I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty," the president said. "Also thank you to coach Cuper w...
2018 World Cup: Late Salah goal fires Egypt to Russia

2018 World Cup: Late Salah goal fires Egypt to Russia

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Egypt scored a 95th-minute penalty to beat Congo 2-1 in Alexandria and so reach the Russia World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century. Mohamed Salah was the Egyptian hero, scoring both goals in a win that qualified them for their third finals - and first since 1990. The euphoria was intense since Arnold Bouka-Moutou had stunned the hosts when equalising for Congo after 88 minutes. But the Egyptians' Russia World Cup hoodoo ended as Salah held his nerve late on. His dramatic winner sparked wild scenes of celebration both on and off the pitch, as several players and fans took to the field to celebrate while supporters wept with joy in the packed stands. The Liverpool star had broken the deadlock just after the hour on a tense night in Alexandria as he latched ...
Football legend Maradona backs Egypt to qualify for 2018 World Cup ahead of Ghana #Uganda

Football legend Maradona backs Egypt to qualify for 2018 World Cup ahead of Ghana #Uganda

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Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona is backing Egypt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup this weekend ahead of Ghana. The former Napoli superstar says qualification for the World Cup in Russia will bring peace and stability to the north African country which has been unstable following the Arab Spring. The government is Egypt is country on success in World Cup qualification as they are competing with Ghana, Uganda and Congo for the group’s single slot for the tournament in Russia. The Pharaohs currently sit first in Group E with nine points and are in prime position to qualify with two matches left against Congo at home and Ghana away. A victory over Congo on Sunday in Alexandria will guarantee Egypt a place at the World Cup while Uganda must fall to Ghana on Sat
Egypt close to 2018 World Cup after Uganda win

Egypt close to 2018 World Cup after Uganda win

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Egypt gained revenge for Friday's defeat in Kampala by beating Uganda 1-0 in Alexandria to leapfrog their opponents at the top of Group E. Mohamed Salah scored the winner after six minutes, netting at the second attempt after Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango blocked his first effort. Onyango's saves kept Uganda in the tie. There were huge celebrations at the end among Egyptians, who have not been to the World Cup since 1990 despite winning four African titles since. Egypt now have nine points, Uganda seven, while Ghana - who have appeared at the last three World Cups - lie in third with five points after thumping Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville. Congo, with just one point, can no longer qualify for next year's tournament in Russia. Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey hit a ...
Coach Kajoba of Uganda: We are not intimidated

Coach Kajoba of Uganda: We are not intimidated

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Uganda Cranes will take on Egypt later today in 2018 world cup qualifiers match to be played at Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria. According to the interim coach Kajoba, the squad that traveled on Sunday to Cairo is in good condition and energized with several training outside the stadium grounds plus the final training done inside the stadium to be used last evening. “We are well prepared for the return game, we are not intimidated and we believe with all efforts put to use we can play world cup finals next year in Russia. Said Kajoba” Kajoba adds that they are aware Egypt will be looking to compensate for the 1-0 loss to cranes in Kampala but positive the team will pick a valuable result. “We understand that Arab teams give us hard time but we have taken all precautions an
Uganda Cranes stun Egypt 2-1 to leave Group E open

Uganda Cranes stun Egypt 2-1 to leave Group E open

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Uganda has given their chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup more light after beating Egypt by a lone goal in Kampala. Tanzanian based striker Emmanuel Okwi scored the only goal of the game in the 51th minute to hand the Cranes the need win. Uganda has now moved to the Top of Group E after the home win which puts the group which also has Ghana and Congo open. The Cranes are now leading the log with 7 points whiles Egypt follows with 6 with Ghana at third with just a point with Congo with no point. The Black Stars play Congo in Kumasi on Friday before playing them in a return fixture in Brazzaville three days later.
Zamalek name Montenegrin Nebojsa Jovovic as coach

Zamalek name Montenegrin Nebojsa Jovovic as coach

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Egyptian club Zamalek have announced that Montenegrin Nebojsa Jovovic has signed a two-year deal as coach. He replaces Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio who left the club in July after less than four months in charge. Jovovic impressed chairman Mortada Mansour after he helped Jordan's Faisaly reach the final of the Arab Champions Cup earlier this month. Faisaly beat Egyptian rivals Al Ahly twice en route to finishing as runners-up. The Cairo giants were close to hiring former Belgium coach Franky Vercauteren last week, but talks between the two parties broke down last week. Zamalek, who were African Champions League runners-up in 2016, finished third in the Egyptian league last season 21 points behind winners Al Ahly as they retained their title. Since Mansour was elect...
Denis Onyango warns Egypt to expect ‘fireworks’

Denis Onyango warns Egypt to expect ‘fireworks’

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Uganda captain Denis Onyango has warned Egypt to expect "fireworks" during their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Kampala on Thursday. The last time the two sides met, Egypt beat Uganda with an 89th minute goal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Cranes' goalkeeper says it adds extra spice to their Group E tie. "It's going to be fireworks in Kampala because they know what kind of a team we are," Onyango told BBC Sport. "They beat us at the Afcon in the last minute of the game, I think it shows their experience and we lost concentration at the back. "Winning the home game will set the pace for us before we travel for the return leg in Alexandria on September 5th," said Onyango, who plies his trade in South Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns. Egypt, record seven times Afr...
Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

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The African Nations Championship (CHAN) holders, the Democratic Republic of Congo, failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Kenya following a shock elimination by Congo Brazzaville. DR Congo could only draw 1-1 with their rivals in Kinshasa, having drawn the first leg of their qualifier 0-0. It put Congo Brazzaville through on the away-goals ruling. Also on Saturday, Zambia knocked out South Africa with a 2-0 win in Ndola to progress 4-2 on aggregate. In other results on Saturday, Uganda progressed 3-2 overall despite a 2-0 defeat in Rwanda, and Nigeria overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit against Benin to qualify 2-1 overall thanks to a 2-0 win at home in their second leg. On Friday,Morroco and Libya knocked out Egypt and Algeria respectively as they booked their places at Ke...
Ramadan Sobhi signs new Stoke City deal

Ramadan Sobhi signs new Stoke City deal

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Stoke City's Egyptian winger, Ramadan Sobhi, has signed a new five-year contract with the English Premier League club. The 20-year-old only joined Stoke last summer from Al Ahly in his homeland but he impressed in his 19 appearances during his maiden season and has been rewarded with an improved long-term deal. "There's no doubting that Ramadan is an exciting young talent," Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website. "The first year in a new league and it's fair to say new culture is always going to be challenging for a player. "However, Ramadan has adapted to the league and country very quickly and showed that he has enormous potential. "We're delighted to have secured him on a contract until at least 2022," Scholes added. Sobhi has 16 caps f...