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Pharaohs Abroad: Weekly Roundup

Salah vs Newcastle

Pharaohs signed for new clubs in Europe, Salah debuted for Chelsea and goals from Morsy, Gomaa and Kahraba capped off an exciting week for Egyptian football.

Mohamed Salah made his debut for Chelsea against Newcastle, a couple of Pharaohs completed moves to clubs across Europe and there were goals from Saleh Gomaa, Mahmoud Kahraba, Sam Morsy and an assist from Hossam Ghaly over the weekend.’s Ahmad Yousef recaps all the action of Egyptians playing in foreign lands over the week.


Premier League

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (Midweek)

Chelsea bench

Mohamed Salah was benched and didn’t feature in Chelsea’s huge win over league title rivals Manchester City on Monday. Branislav Ivanovic’s first half thunderbolt was enough to give Salah’s new side a huge three points.

Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle 

Mohamed Salah Debut

Mohamed Salah Debut

Mohamed Salah made his Chelsea debut 15 minutes from time against Newcastle United on Saturday. Salah had two chances to score a debut goal but he didn’t take them well enough to find the back of the net.

Match report and Individual Highlights of Salah’s performance available here

Sunderland 0-2 Hull City

Hull City snatched a vital three points from Ahmed Elmohamady’s former club Sunderland on Saturday. Elmohamady played excellently, putting in a good shift for the Tigers as his side scored two against an in-form Sunderland side.

League One

Bristol City 1-2 Coventry City (Midweek)

Adam El-Abd started in Bristol City’s defeat to Coventry City on Tuesday. Franck Moussa put the visitors in the lead after seven minutes whilst Andy Webster made the score line 2-0 after just 25 minutes. Centre-back Adam El-Abd was substituted off in the 64th minute as the Robins looked to make an attacking substitution in order to reduce the deficit and that is exactly what they did with eight minutes to play Wes Burns pulled one back for Bristol.

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Bristol City

A goal a piece from each side within the first ten minutes of the game gave both sides a point on Saturday. Oldham struck first in the fifth minute when Daniel Philliskirk found the net and five minutes later Adam El-Abd’s central defensive partner Aden Flint equalised for the away side. El-Abd who started and played the full 90 minutes for the Robins was booked in the 53rd minute for a harsh tackle. Bristol still remain in the relegation scrap and lie third from bottom.

Football League Trophy (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) – Semi-Final First leg

Fleetwood Town 1-3 Chesterfield (Midweek)

Sam Morsy scored his second goal in succession in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday. His goal was scored in similar fashion to his debut goal just three days prior, a well placed shot from the edge of the box.

Match report and video highlights available here

League Two

Scunthorpe United 1-1 Chesterfield

Chesterfield’s impressive run of four consecutive wins was ended by title contention rivals Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Sam Morsy’s side fell behind after 15 minutes when Sam Winnall gave Scunthorpe the lead. Eoin Doyle managed to equalised just before the half time break as he slotted home a penalty. Chesterfield remain top of League Two and are three points ahead of Scunthorpe United.


Nacional 2-0 Belenenses

Saleh Gomaa scored his first goal for Nacional in their 2-0 win over relegation candidates Belenenses on Saturday. Saleh Gomaa came on in the 56th minute for fellow Egyptian Ali Ghazal who came off with a minor injury. It took 10 minutes for the 20-year-old winger to tap in a low cross and put his side 2-0 up.

Match report and video of the goal available here

Rio Ave 1-0 Academica (Midweek)

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ started the match as the sole striker for Rio Ave on Thursday, who took the lead in the 77th minute thanks to Braga. Koka was substituted off in the 86th minute and replaced by Andre Vilas Boas. Koka’s goal drought now stretches to eight games.

Rio Ave 1-1 FC Arouca

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ was left out of Rio Ave’s squad for their clash with Arouca on Sunday due to technical reasons.


Swiss Cup Quarter Final

FC Le Mont Ls 1-6 FC Basel

Mohamed El-Nenny started in Basel’s thrashing of Le Mont Laussane on Wednesday, a side in the third tier of the  Swiss football league. There were goals from Stephan Andrist (6′, 82′), Marek Suchy (8′), Marco Streller (44′), Fabian Frei (47′) and David Degen (58′).

Swiss Super League

FC Basel 3-2 Young Boys Bern

Mohamed El-Nenny’s FC Basel produced an excellent come back as they turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win claiming all three points against title rivals YBB on Saturday. Leonardo Bertone gave Young Boys the lead in the 29th minute and Alexander Gerndt made it 2-0 just four minutes later. Marco Streller pulled one back for the Swiss Champions in the 43rd minute with an excellent strike on goal from outside the box. El-Nenny who had started the game was given a yellow card for a harsh challenge in the 45th minute. Mohamed El-Nenny didn’t come out of the dressing rooming the second half as he was substituted off at half time for Marcelo Diaz and it was Diaz who equalised for Basel with ten minutes to play with a powerful strike on goal. In the 89th minute Streller won his side a penalty after he was brought down inside the box and the penalty was fired in by Fabian Frei. Basel are now five points clear of the league ahead of Young Boys.

Video highlights available here

FC Thun 2-1 FC Luzern

Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ started the match for Luzern and scored his side’s only goal of the game in the 85th minute on Saturday.

Match report and video of the goal available here


Pro League

Mons 1-5 Lierse S.K

Egypt-owned Lierse managed to beat bottom placed Mons with ease as they stormed to a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Hossam Ghaly started in central midfield and was influential in his side’s victory as he assisted in their third.

Match report and video highlights available here


Ligue 2

Arles-Avignon 0-0 Chamois Niortais

El-Gabas debuts

Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas debuted for French Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon in a 0-0 draw against Chamois Niortais on Friday. He started the game on the bench and came on in the 71st minute for Maurice Dalé. His coach Franck Dumas has said Dodo has sacred potential and expressed his admiration for the Egypt international.


Scottish Championship

Livingston FC

Adam Mansour

French-Egyptian goalkeeper Adam Mansour joined Scottish Championship side Livingston FC on a free transfer last Monday. The 21-year-old signed a one-year deal with the club.


Estonian League

FC Levadia Tallinn

Omar El-Hussieny

Egyptian midfielder Omar El-Hussieny signed a one-year deal with eight-time Estonian Champions FC Levadia Tallinn last Monday. The 28-year-old Ex-Qanah attacking midfielder signed on a free transfer.


Serie B

Trapani Calcio (Loan) – Bologna 

Yaisien Trapani

Abdallah Yaisien, the Egypt-eligible midfielder, has been loaned out to Serie B side Trapani from his parent club Bologna.

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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