Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Egyptian Police Will Not Secure Ahly Game

Cairo Authorities are not going to protect Ahly’s Champions League match with Ethiopian Coffee on April 8, the Egyptian champions said.

Ahly said they was given a notification from the Cairo Cops HQ Refusing to take the final 32 return stage in Cairo because of ‘absence of safety situations and circumstances set by the police management’.

Authorities continue firm in carrying top level games in Egypt after the Port-Said tragedy which stated the lives of much more than seventy-seven fans following Ahly’s league match at Port-Said.

Mido will miss Abidjan clash

Ahmed Hussam " Mido " Zamalek Striker are going to be once again sidelined the time the Whites travel to Africa Sports in the Champions League next month.

Ahmed hussam " mido " lost the round of thirty two 1st stage match, that watched Zamalek acquire a slender 1-0 direct through the Ivorian champions and is set for another spell out.

“Mido is continuing to have difficulties with a back issue and the administration has decided to drop him from the squad travelling to Abidjan,” Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Youssef said.

At the same time, striker Amr Zaki is probably going to be fit for the return battle after being ruled out of Egypt’s two friendlies with Uganda and Chad.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

early strike gives Zamalek slender lead

A first minute strike from Benin international Razak Omotoyossi was enough for Zamalek to secure a 1-0 home win over Africa Sports in the CAF Champions League round of 32 first leg.

In a game staged behind closed doors at the Military Academy Stadium, Omotoyossi’s goal after 43 seconds made the difference to give Zamalek a slender lead ahead of the return leg in two weeks.

The game was halted at half time for around 18 minutes after the visiting team protested against the presence of unauthorized reporters in the stands.

Early goal

Without any introduction, Omotoyossi was off the mark with his first touch when he controlled Shikabala’s cross inside the area to outjump the keeper before slotting home in an empty net.

Africa Sports sole chance of the half came when Desire Kouame fired a fierce long range drive that missed the target.

Amr Zaki, back from injury to boost Zamalek’s attack, could have doubled his side’s advantage but was unlucky to see his close-range effort agonizingly hit the bar.

The second half was halted for more than 15 minutes before the referee ordered all unauthorized attendants to leave the reporters’ stands.

Zamalek keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed was called into action once in the game, only stopping a venom-less volley from inside the area after the break.

On the other hand, the Africa Sports keeper denied Zaki from scoring a vital second goal before producing a superb save to thwart another long range effort from Nour Al-Sayed.

Zaki pulls out of Egypt squad

Amr Zaki has once again failed to join the Egypt squad travelling to Sudan due to an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old, who was named in Bob Bradley’s 27-man squad for friendly games against Uganda and Chad, picked up a knock in Zamalek’s 1-0 Champions League win over Africa Sports on Sunday.

“I informed coach Bradley that I will need a three-day rest and will therefore be unable to join the squad. The coach understood my situation,” Zaki told

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fit-again Mido helps unimpressive Zamalek go through

A first-half Mido header was enough for Zamalek to labor to a 1-0 win over Tanzania’s Young Africans and secure a place in the CAF Champions League round of 32.

The Whites, who registered a 1-1 draw in the first leg, go through with a 2-1 aggregate victory, in a match that saw the visitors play with a man down for almost half an hour.

Midfielder Athuman Idd was dismissed in the 63rd minute for a professional foul against Benin striker Razak Omotoyossi, before substitute Ahmed Hassan missed a penalty for Zamalek.

Hassan Shehata’s team will meet the winner from the match between Ivorian giants Africa Sports and Missile of Gabon.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ghali: Ahly Understands the Players’ Psychological State

Ahly's club Captain Hossam Ghali confirmed that the Club’s technical team completely understands the bad psychological state of team players, deciding to postpone training until Monday.

Ghali explained that players are still suffering from a horrific trauma as a result of the Port Said events, by saying, "Everyone in Ahly adheres to the restoration of the martyrs' rights to contribute to the relief of the victim's families.”

"Ahly is back to training starting from Monday in preparation for the African Champions League," Ghali added.