VIDEO: Pharaohs Abroad Recap
Koka’s debut, Salah’s brace, El-Abd’s return and a tribute to the recently injured Ahmed Hegazy.
KingFut’s weekly coverage of Pharaohs Abroad continues…
Ahmed Hassan “Koka” – Rio Ave 0-0 Pacos Ferreira – Liga ZON Sagres
19-year-old Egyptian starlet Ahmed Hassan “Koka” made his senior debut for Rio Ave in the Portuguese League on Sunday. The former Ahly youth striker came off the bench in the final minutes of his team’s clash with 5th place Pacos Ferreira, and came extremely close to scoring quickly after. A missed chance for Rio Ave, as they played the final 30 minutes against 10 men but were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage and squandered the chance to climb further up the table. Rio Ave now sit in 4th place, only 2 points behind Braga. Hopefully ‘Koka’ will see more action in the weeks to come.
Hull City secured another impressive 2-1 away victory over promotion hopefuls – Gianfranco Zola managed – Watford to record a third straight away victory that moves them up to fourth in the Championship. Ahmed Elmohamady again played a solid 90 minutes and had a crucial clearance 5 minutes from time.
Adam El-Abd – Charlton Athletic 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Egyptian International Adam El-Abd finally returned from injury to take his place in the Brighton defence after a month out. El-Abd was solid and lasted the full 90 minutes in his first match back. Craig Mackail Smith scored his tenth goal of the season and substitute LuaLua rescued a point for Brighton after twice going behind.
Read an extensive review by our Brighton expert Andy Thorpe here.
Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ – Leicester City 2-2 Barnsley FC
Mido, who is said to be “seriously injured”, was once again not included in the Barnsley squad as they earned a 2-2 draw away to 5th placed Leicester City. It was a strong display from Barnsley but it was very disappointing to concede very late in the game after coming back from 1-0 down. The late drama drop Barnsley FC into the relegation zone on goal difference.
Ahmed Hegazy – AS Roma 4-2 Sampdoria – Serie A
In a tense encounter, Viola defender Facundo Roncaglia revealed a message of support from the team to injured defender Ahmed Hegazy after scoring their first equalizing goal. Roncaglia went to the camera and lifted a shirt with a message to Hegazy and midfielder David Pizarro, whose sister died this week, saying “Forza ragazzi Pek e Hegazi”. Hegazy was very pleased to see the support of his team and the tribute gave him a strong moral boost. Unfortunately for Fiorentina, Totti was in great form as Viola lost 4-2 at Roma.
Mohamed Salah – Locarno 2-3 FC Basel – Swiss Cup
Egyptian wonder boy Mohamed Salah netted a brace in a tough cup tie at lower division side Locarno to send his team through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win after extra-time. Salah opened the scoring just before the break but the home side responded with two successive goals. The Egyptian ace scored his second with a neat left-footed finish to equalize 15 minutes from time and take the match to extra-time. Salah’s teamate Stocker scored the winner two minutes before the end to avoid what would have been an embarrassing defeat to the holders before the winter break.
Hany Ramzy: Racing Genk 4-1 Lierse SK – Jupiler Pro League
Egypt’s first manager in Europe – Hany Ramzy – suffered another heavy defeat but this time away from home 1-4 against Racing Genk. Egyptian center-half Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ played the full 90 minutes for the Belgian outfit, while Dodo El Gabbas who started the match came off 35 minutes from time.
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