Pharaohs Abroad: Hadary blunder, Zaki injured while Lierse duo & ‘Hajj’ Hosni score
All of the Pharaohs Abroad covered on KingFut in recent weeks have today been officially called up by Bob Bradley to play Georgia in a friendly on November 14, including Sherif Ashraf, who’s named in the October Veikkausliiga team of the month after scoring 3 goals in his last 3 games, saving Finnish club FF Jaro from relegation last weekend.
The other nine players selected were: Essam El-Hadary (Merreikh), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ (Lierse), Adam El-Abd (Brighton), Hosni Abd-Rabo (Al Nasr), Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina), Shikabala (Al Wasl), Mohamed Salah (Basel) and Amr Zaki (Elazığspor).
KingFut’s weekly coverage of Pharaohs Abroad continues…
Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ – Lierse SK 3-2 Club Brugge – Jupiler Pro League
Lierse have been in disappointing form since losing Egyptian left-wing back Ahmed Samir Farag to injury, but today the Yellow–Blacks Army managed to stun Club Brugge, who were a win away from the top of the Belgian table. Centre-back Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ scored the winning goal with a close range strike in the 86th minute, his second since joining on-loan from Wadi Degla, to add to Moroccan Rachid Bourabia’s early brace. Lierse were without Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabbas as the Egyptian winger was still recovering from an injury.
Following Lierse’s recent slump, coach Chris Janssens must’ve felt Hany Ramzy’s breath down his neck today. The Egypt Olympic coach was recently appointed as technical adviser to analyze the issues at Lierse, and directly advise owner Maged Samy. This win leaves Lierse 7 points clear from the relegation zone, despite sitting 14th from 16 in the table.
Click here to watch a post-match interview with Okka & Qatari-Egyptian Hussein Yasser.
Hosni Abd-Rabo – Al-Nassr 3-1 Al-Shoalah – Saudi Pro League
Egypt central midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabo scored on his return to Al-Nassr after taking part in this year’s Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. ‘Hajj’ Hosni, who hasn’t been training for several days, started against Al-Shoalah, a team managed by Egyptian coach Mohamed Salah. Abd-Rabo was involved in Jaime Ayovi’s opener before sealing the victory with an 88th minute free-kick to help Al-Nasr move up to fourth in the league. Mohamed Al-Sahlawi was Al-Nasr’s other scorer, before Fahad Al-Menife pulled one back five minutes from the final whistle.
Mohamed Zidan – Bani Yas 2-0 Al-Wehda – UAE Pro League
Zidan, who has been out for over a month with a torn hamstring, made his return from injury after coming on as a substitute in the 65th minute in Bani Yas’s 2-0 loss to Al-Wehda.
Adam El-Abd – Brighton Hove & Albion 2-2 Leeds– npower Championship
Mido was training with Barnsley’s first team ahead of his side’s clash against Elmo’s Hull City this weekend. Barnsley boss Keith Hill told the club’s official website, “We’ve had Jim O’Brien train with us, Jim McNulty, Martin Cranie, Toni Silva, Mido.”
“It’s great to see them on the training pitch. It’s competition for places as well. We’re happy to get those players back.”
Elmohamady played the full 90 minutes at home as Hull won their 3rd straight game in the Championship thanks to a goal from Nigerian Sone Aluko, his 5th of the season. This wasn’t one of the Egyptian’s games to remember for the Tigers as his crossing was evidently off, but he’ll be pleased with the three points as Hull hopscotch over Blackburn to 5th in the league.
‘Okka‘ & Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabbas – Lierse SK 1-4 Kortrijk – Jupiler Pro League
Egyptian-owned Belgian side Lierse were brought back down to earth after being thrashed 4-1 by Kortrijk. Former Zamalek defender, Ghanaian Rahim Ayew (brother of Andre and Jordan) was sent off after being yellow-carded for the second time in 58 minutes. 10 minutes later Egyptian centre-back Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ scored his 2nd goal in as many games – this time, in his own net after Chavarria’s shot was deflected off him and past Lierse goalkeeeper Matz Sels. Egypt international Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabbas netted a late consolation on his return from injury. Hussein Yasser was out with a slight knock.
Amr Zaki – Elazığspor 2-1 Gençlerbirliği – Turkish Süper Lig
Amr Zaki returned to Elazığspor after missing the last few games due to visa issues, but he missed their trip to Ankara to face Gençlerbirliği as ‘The Bulldozer’ has been ruled out with injury. Zaki received a knock to his knee in the last training in Elaziğ before flying to Ankara today. The striker underwent a scan and will soon know the extent of his recurring injury. This away victor was Elazığspor’s first 3 points of the season.
Till now, Zaki has failed to open his scoring in his previous five games with the Turkish club. He told his official website, “As a striker, all are demanding goals from me, the people who see me everywhere are demanding goals, but it’s not easy to come to a new country and a newly promoted team with many new players and to find success quickly. It’s just a matter of time.”
Essam El-Hadary – El Merreikh 1-2 AC Leopards – CAF Confederation Cup semi-final
The shock of the week came from the Egypt number one, Essam El-Hadary, who arrogantly spoiled a solid display for the Sudanese giants to concede a second goal in the 2-1 first-leg loss away to Leopards in the African Confederation Cup. Hadary taunted the Leopards’ striker by stalling to handle the ball, but the striker easily poked it home before the legendary keeper could pick it up. Embarrassing.
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