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Pharaohs Abroad – Weekly Roundup

Shikabala joins Lisbon

Shikabala signs for Sporting club de Portugal

Shikabala returned to Europe as he signed for Portuguese side Sporting Club de Portugal, whilst Egypt-eligible Sam Morsy scored his first goal for League Two side Chesterfield.’s Ahmad Yousef recaps all the action of Egyptians playing in foreign lands over the week.

Pharaohs Abroad


Premier League

Chelsea 0-0 West Ham (Midweek)

The West Ham game came too soon for new Chelsea signing Mohamed Salah who had only flown into London earlier that day. He was present at Stamford Bridge and watched the match from the stands.

Mohamed Salah at Stamford Bridge

Mohamed Salah at Stamford Bridge

Hull City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Ahmed Elmohamady started for Hull City in right-midfield as they were unlucky to come away with one point against a below par Tottenham Hotspur side. Hull took the lead in the 12th minute after keeper Steve Harper launched the ball up field and after a defensive misunderstanding by Tottenham, Shane Long was able to collect the ball and use his pace to beat Kyle Walker and finish well over Hugo Lloris. Throughout the first half the Tigers looked the better team even though they had less of the ball. Spurs started the second half well and equalised in the 61st minute. Danny Rose’s misplaced shot fell beautifully to Paulinho who smashed home from 12 yards out. Just minutes later Hull City had a chance to regain the lead when Nikica Jelavić hit the post with a low drive. Elmohamady had an average game and was subsituted off in the 70th minute as an injury precaution, because he had fallen badly on his hip earlier whilst fighting for a header. The game ended 1-1 and was a good result for the Tigers who managed to score their first goal of the year.

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Elmohamady challenges Dany Rose for the ball

League One

Bristol City 2-1 Carlisle United

The Robins went into this game having not won in six attempts and until the second half their poor record looked to continue. Carlisle started the game well and managed to find the back of the net after 36 minutes. Adam El-Abd, who had started his third game for the club, conceded a needless free kick which Carlisle managed to pounce on. Six minutes later El-Abd was given a yellow card for a tackle.

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League Two

Chesterfield FC 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Chesterfield continued their fine form winning their third game on the trot, extending their lead at the top of the League by three points. Sam Morsy started the game and it took him five minutes to find the back of the net, firing a shot home from 12 yards.

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Sam Morsy celebrates his goal


Sporting Clube de Portugal

Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’ signed for Primeria Liga champion contenders Sporting CP. The 27-year-old signed a 4-and-a-half year contract with Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo’s former club. He didn’t feature in their 0-0 draw against Academia as he has just begun training earlier on the same day.


Shikabala presented to the fans before the game

Vitoria FC 2-0 Rio Ave

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ started the match on the bench as Rio Ave were reduced to nine men in their defeat to Vitoria. Rio were already a goal down after one minute as Rafael Martins scored for Vitoria. He added his second of the game and Vitoria’s after 30 minutes as he slotted home a penalty. At half time Rio’s manager Nuno Espírito Santo took drastic measures making three substations at half time, one of which was Koka as he replaced Sandro Lima. However, things didn’t get better for Rio Ave as they were reduced to nine men as both of their centre backs were sent off within two minutes of each other, in the 69th and 71st minute and with all three substitutes used, they could not be replaced.

Gil Vicente

19-year-old Amr Mokhtar was awarded Gil Vicente’s ‘best junior player’.


Swiss Super League

Lausanne Sport 1-3 FC Basel

Mohamed El-Nenny started his first game without fellow Egypt international Mohamed Salah who departed for Chelsea in the previous week. Basel took the lead at the 10 minute mark thanks to an own goal from Mevlja. After a quiet first half Lausanne equalised in the 50th minute when Pascal Feindouno fired in from 16 yards. In the 68th minute Basel retook the lead when a Voser cross was met by Fabian Frei who headed home. Basel finished the game off with a third goal that came in stoppage time. Mohamed El-Nenny, who had a good game, whipped in an excellent cross that was met by Phillip Degan who fired home. The win keeps FC Basel at the top of the league and they lead by two points.

FC Luzern 1-3 Grasshopper Club Zurich

Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ started the match on the bench and came on in the 65th minute replacing Gygax, after his side were two goals down. Shkëlzen Gashi scored the first for Grasshoppers in the ninth minute and four minutes later Michael Lang gave them the second. The deficit got worse for Luzern as they found themselves three goals down in the 74th minute thanks to a goal from Veroljub Salatić. Michel Renggli gave Luzern a conciliation goal in the 77th minute before getting sent off for a second yellow card in the 91st minute. FC Luzern drop to fourth in the league as Grasshoppers move to third.

Challenge League

FC Biel-Bienne

Sherif Ashraf is yet to return to the Swiss club after the winter break over a misunderstanding of terms regarding his return. The player and the club are looking to resolve the issue as soon as possible so he can return to action.


2. Budesliga

1. FC Union berlin

The younger brother of Saleh Gomaa, Abdallah Gomaa has joined German side Union Berlin on a one and a half-year loan deal from ENPPI. There is also an option for the Berlin side to make the move permanent for the 18-year-old winger.

Abdallah Gomaa


Pro League

Lierse S.K 2-0 RSC Anderlecht

Egypt-owned Lierse managed a huge win over title contenders, and former club of Egyptian legend Ahmed Hassan, Anderlecht. Hossam Ghaly started in central-midfield along side Moroccan Rachid Bourabia. Senegalsese winger Mbaye Diagne opened the scoring for Lierse in the 25th minute after he managed to score the rebound from a Tony Watt free kick. Just after that Ghaly nearly assisted Arjan Swinkles after his lofted free kick was headed straight at the keeper. Ghaly was involved in a debatable handball as he stopped a shot from going in with his shoulder. Lierse’s second in the 65th minute was an excellently worked goal as Bourabia intercepted the ball in the middle and managed to wriggle the ball to Tony Watt who after a nice bit of skill fired home from outside the box. Hossam Ghaly was replaced in the 67th minute by Ahmed El Messaoudi.

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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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