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Pharaohs Abroad Roundup – Salah seals Chelsea move, Gomaa makes full debut

Saleh Gomaa Nacional debut

History was made this week as Mohamed Salah signed for Chelsea from FC Basel. Saleh Gomaa started for the first time for Nacional in their away victory and Hossam Ghaly helped his side win.’s Ahmad Yousef recaps all the action of Egyptians playing in foreign lands over the week.


Premier League

Chelsea – FC Basel

Mohamed Salah signed for Chelsea from Swiss champions FC Basel for a fee in the region of £11million, after they hijacked Liverpool’s attempts to sign the Egyptian winger.

FA Cup

Southend United 0-2 Hull City

Two second half goals from Matt Fryatt gave Hull City a win over League Two side Southend United. Ahmed Elmohamady was rested and remained on the bench for the entire game.

League One

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Bristol City

Adam El-Abd’s Bristol City didn’t manage to upset promotion contenders Wolves. El-Abd was unable to keep a clean sheet in his second game for the Robins as he featured for the full 90 minutes. Nouha Dicko gave Wolves the lead early in the 10th minute. Bristol managed to equalise in the 24th minute when Sam Baldock slotted home a penalty. Dicko scored his second of the game just before the end of the first half and Bakary Sako put the game to bed in the 76th minute with Wolves’ third of the game.

League Two

Northampton Town 1-3 Chesterfield FC

Sam Morsy started in his side’s 3-1 away win over bottom side Northampton Town. Chesterfield who are in second place in the league and fighting for a automatic promotion place acquired an essential three points after coming from behind. Darren Carter gave Northampton Town the lead when he slotted away a penalty in the 15th minute. Just 10 minutes later Chesterfield equalised when Danny Gardner slotted home a penalty. In the 53rd minute Gary Roberts gave Chesterfield the lead as the Spireites settled into the game. They managed to score a third three minutes before time thanks to a goal from Armand Gnanduillet.


Pro League

Kortrijk 3-4 Lierse

Hossam Ghaly started in central midfield as his side looked to gain valuable points to escape from the relegation scrap. Lierse went behind after two minutes when Thomas Matton gave Kortrijk the lead. Lierse star striker Tony Watt equalised in the 23rd minute and two minutes later Egypt international Hossam Ghaly assisted Moroccan Rachid Bourabia as he gave Lierse the lead. Tony Watt scored his second of the game in the 52nd minute. Kortrijk’s Elimane Coulibaly pulled one back in the 67th minute before Bourabia scored his second of the game to give Lierse a 4-2 lead. Ivan Santini managed to reduce the deficit for his side as he scored in the 88th minute with the game ending 4-3 to Lierse.


Taca da Liga

Sporting da Covilhã 1-3 Rio Ave

Rio managed to score more than one goal in a game for the first time in five consecutive matches as they convincingly beat Covilhã 3-1. Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ didn’t feature for the Portuguese side.

Leixões SC 0-2 C.D. Nacional

Saleh Gomaa started his first game for Nacional on the wing, whilst fellow Egyptian Ali Ghazal started in central defence. Nacional dominated possession (39%/61%) and they used it well. Their first goal came in the 50th minute from Lucas João as he fired home from inside the box. Two minutes later João Aurelio gave Nacional their second. In the 67th minute Nacional were awarded a penalty after Jota was pulled down inside the box, however Sequeira didn’t manage to score the resulting penalty.

Match highlights:


Federation Cup

Sporting Clube de Goa 1-3 Churchill Brothers

Former Al-Ahly midfielder Abdelhamid Shabana helped his side secure their first ever FA Cup title with a goal in their 3-1 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa.

By Ahmad Yousef – 

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at

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