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Pharaohs Abroad Roundup: Warda excluded as PAOK reach Greek Cup semis


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KingFut rounds up the Pharaohs Abroad action this week to keep you up to date with Egyptian players overseas.

Sam Morsy – Wigan Athletic (England)

Feb. 25 – The Championship – Sam Morsy played the full 90 minutes as Wigan Athletic continued to flirt with relegation, drawing 0-0 with Nottingham Forest at home. Wigan were slightly superior in the match but could not create clear-cut scoring opportunities. One of their best chances to score came in the 34th minute when Omar Bogle was brought down in the box but the referee ignored their appeals for a penalty. Wigan remain 22nd in the Championship standings, with only 31 points. They’ll face relegation rivals Blackburn Rovers on March 4.

Karim Hafez – RC Lens (France)

Feb. 25- Ligue 2 – Egypt international left back Karim Hafez played the full 90 minutes as RC Lens sealed a 2-0 victory over Valenciennes in the 27th round of Ligue 2. The hosts took the lead 13 minutes after the break through Dusan Cvetinovic, before Mathias Autret doubled their lead five minutes later. They are five points behind league leaders Brest, who have a game in hand. Lens will face Red Star FC, who sit in 16th place, on March 3.

Omar Gaber – FC Basel (Switzerland)

Feb. 26 – Swiss Super League – Omar Gaber watched from the bench as FC Basel trashed Luzern 3-1 in the 22nd fixture of the Swiss Super league. Basel opened the scoring just 19 minutes into the game through Marek Suchy, before Marc Janko doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Luzern managed to pull one back two minute later, but their efforts weren’t good enough to pull an equaliser as nine minutes to full-time, Janko completed his brace, making it 3-1 to the hosts. Basel currently top the league with 59 points and are set to face FC Zürich on March. 2.

Amr Warda – PAOK FC (Greece)

Feb. 26 – Greek Super League – Egypt international Amr Warda played 85 minutes as PAOK drew 1-1 with 15th-placed Iraklis in the 22nd round of the Super League. Prijovic opened the scoreline after just 19 minutes, scoring his sixth goal for PAOK in only seven games. Michail Bastakos scored the equaliser in the 80th minute, to earn his side a valuable point. With that draw PAOK remain third with 40 points, one point behind second place Panionios and 11 behind leaders Olympiacos. Their next game will be against Xanthi in the cup quarter-finals on Thursday, March 2.

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ – S.C. Braga (Portugal)

Feb. 26 – Primeira Liga – Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ was not in the squad as his side Braga dropped two points to Vitoria de Setubal. After a goalless first half, Federico Cartabia opened the scoring for the Arsenalistas midway through the second half. Costinha equalised in the dying minutes for the home side. Braga are in fifth place, level on points with fourth-placed Vitoria de Guimaraes. They will face Arouca, who sit in 11th place, on March 4.

Mahmoud Trezeguet – Royal Excel Mouscron (Belgium)

Feb. 26 – Belgium Pro League – Trezeguet played 60 minutes in his side’s 3-1 loss to Gent. Samuel Kalu opened the scoring for the hosts after seven minutes before Yuya Kubo doubled their lead at the half-hour mark. Jeremy Perbet scored from the spot to make it 3-0 seven minutes after the break. The Egypt international made way for striker Nathan Kabasele at the one-hour mark, before Luka Stojanovic pulled one back eight minutes from time. Mouscron remain at the bottom of the table on 18 points. They’ll face Standard Liege, who sit 9th in league standings, on March 4.

Amr Warda – PAOK FC (Greece)

March 2 – Greek Cup – Amr Warda was excluded from the squad as PAOK advanced to Greek Cup semi-final despite a 1-0 home defeat against Xanthi. Hamza Younes scored the only goal of the game after 64 minutes but it wasn’t enough for the visitors as PAOK reached the semi-final on away goals rule after winning 2-1 in the first leg.

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