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VIDEO: Pharaohs Abroad Recap
It was a week of mixed fortunes for Egyptian football during the international break. The National Team were in action for the first time since mid-August and started off strong in the UAE easing to a 3-0 victory against Congo, but the lack of regular football evidently took its toll on the players as the Pharaohs lost 1-0 to a under-strength Tunisian side a few days later. The Egyptian Premier League was once again postponed due to security concerns, but at least the EFA elections are over with Gamal Allam the new chairman. Just what we needed, says Egypt coach Bob Bradley, “This is the type of stability we could all use in a good way to move forward.”
Thankfully, there are plenty of matches in various countries to watch involving Egyptians this weekend to help satisfy your football cravings. Welcome to KingFut’s live coverage of Pharaohs Abroad, with reports and videos to follow.
Sherif Ashraf – FF Jaro 2-4 JJK – Veikkausliiga
FF Jaro lost 2-4 away to JJK yesterday, but Egyptian striker Sherif Ashraf (who’s on loan from Finnish champions HJK Helsinki) managed to score his first league goal in Finland. Jaro went into half-time level (1-1), but were caught sleeping in the second half as the home side scored 3 consecutive goals. Sherif pulled one back for the guests in the 69th minute, after passing his marker to score with a smooth finish – his first in the Finnish football league with three games remaining. Aside from yesterday’s goal, Sherif has also assisted twice for Jaro in the handful of games he’s featured so far, and has already sealed his spot in their starting XI after struggling to get into HJK’s team for the majority of his debut season. The former Ahly, Zamalek and Gouna striker is starting to look a rejuvenated player with Jaro, and as they introduced him, “There’s a new Sherif in town.” (report by @egyft)
Amr Zaki – Elazığspor 2-2 Orduspor – Turkish Süper Lig
Zaki did not play in Elazığspor’s 2-2 draw against Orduspor. Former Real Madrid full-back Julien Faubert and Köksal Yedek scored the goals for the Elazığ side who struggled to hold onto their 2-0 lead.
Adam El-Abd – Brighton Hove & Albion 0-1 Middlesbrough – npower Championship
Brighton’s El-Abd was tactically replaced by striker Stephen Dobbie in the 69th minute as the Seagulls pushed but failed to find an equalizer.
Hull City went into half-time trailing 1-0 thanks to a goal from former Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Ahmed Elmohamady switched to right-back starting from the 62nd minute to fill in for Rosenior who was subbed off for striker Aaron Mclean. Elmohamady made a great run in the 73rd minute and his cross found German striker Nick Proschwitz, who scored from close range to equalize for City. Into stoppage time, Elmo sent in another inch-perfect cross, again towards the German, who’s header found the back of the net to seal the 3 points for the Tigers at the KC Stadium. That makes it 5 assists and a goal for Elmo since joining on loan from Sunderland. The win lifts Hull to sixth place, only three points adrift of Championship leaders Leicester City. (report by @egyft)
Steve Bruce had words of praise for Elmohamady after the match telling Hull’s official website, “He’s one of a dying breed. I don’t know how many crosses he put in on Saturday, but it’s the quality that makes him what he is. That’s why we chased him all summer.”
Shikabala – Al Wasl 2-0 Ajman – UAE Pro League
Shikabala’s Al Wasl needed a win to stay within touching distance of current league leaders, Al Nasr, who continued their stunning start with a 6-1 drubbing over bottom of the table side – Ittihad. “The Emperor played league strugglers Ajman today without manager Bruno Metsu, who’s being hospitalized with a mysterious illness and was advised to rest, for the time being. They got off to the perfect start, however, with an early goal from captain Essa Ali – who struck a sweet effort just on the edge of the area – which the Ajman keeper had no chance of keeping out.
Al Wasl continued to press forward with Shikabala, in particular, impressing yet again with some fancy footwork and touches with the highlight – a lovely chipped pass to the on-rushing Rashid Ali, who failed to convert. Shika’s efforts eventually paid off in the second half. The impressive Essa Ali was again involved – providing a pinpoint pass to Shika, who let fly a thunderbolt of an effort from outside of the box that flew into the net. World class stuff – his second league goal this season. The match ended 2-0 to the Emperor, who maintain their title charge – thanks, in part, to some Shika magic. (report by @OAlmasri)
Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ – Lierse SK 0-1 Sporting Charleroi – Jupiler Pro League
Okka came on in the 2nd half for Lierse, the first game this season he hasn’t started after returning from the international break. He made little impact as Charleroi took lead in the 72nd minute as Lierse were caught on the counter following a missed pass from Qatari-Egyptian Hussein Yasser. Italian Giuseppe Rossini finished off the chance and earned Charleroi the three points. Mohamed ‘Dodo’ ElGabas was no where to be found on the team sheet, while Ahmed Samir Farag is confirmed to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. (report by @egyft)
Watch highlights of the match here.
(All times are in Egypt local time)
Essam El-Hadary – El Merreikh 3-2 Al-Hilal – CAF Confederations Cup
Hadary’s El-Merreikh managed to top Group A of the CAF Confederations Cup after beating arch-rivals Al-Hilal in today’s fierce Sudanese derby. Essam was left with his feet planted for both of Hilal’s rockets!
Ahmed Hegazy – Fiorentina 1-2 Cheivo – Serie A
Hegazy did not play as the Viola surprisingly lost 2-1 to Cheivo.
Mohamed Salah – FC Basel 0-1 FC Luzern – Swiss Super League
The Egypt winger came on in the 57th minute but couldn’t help Basel take any points away to Luzern as Jahmir Hyka scored the only goal of the match three minutes after Salah’s introduction. After Basel’s disappointing start to the season, the Swiss champions fired coach Heiko Vogel last week. This leaves new coach Murat Yakin with a loss on his debut with Basel, who currently lie 4th in the league.
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