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Egypt cancels Danish camp amid security fears

COPENHAGEN: Denmark’s football association says Egypt has withdrawn an invitation to the Danish Under-21 team to train in Cairo, citing security concerns. Danish association spokesman Lars Behrendt says the Egyptian federation "could not guarantee" the Danes’ security in the midst of persistent anger among some Muslim groups over Danish newspapers’ publication of cartoons depicting Prophet …

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Pieters shoots 7-under 66 to lead Africa Open by 1

EAST LONDON: Branden Grace holed a 9-iron approach at the 18th hole to get within a shot of Brandon Pieters for the Africa Open lead after Thursday’s partially completed first round. Grace’s eagle lifted him to 6-under 67, with Pieters’ early 66 holding up when play was halted with 24 players still on the course …

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Wind is AWOL at Tournament of Champions in Hawaii

KAPALUA: Another PGA Tour season got under way at Kapalua with chatter about who and what was missing at the Tournament of Champions, only this time it didn’t involve Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Significant this year was the absence of Geoff Ogivly, the first defending champion in 50 years to not play in this …

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Returning from injury, Venus loses to Zvonareva

HONG KONG: Venus Williams lost to second-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday at the Hong Kong Classic exhibition tournament in her first match since the US Open. Williams was sidelined with a left knee injury for the last part of the 2010 season and is using the tournament as her only warm-up for the …

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Nadal and Federer on course for Qatar Open final

DOHA: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain on course to meet in the Qatar Open final after both won their quarterfinals in straight sets on Thursday. Federer, a two-time champion in Doha, routed sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-2 in just 65 minutes and will face third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. Top-ranked Nadal was given …

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Sports Talk/ Water woes

Politics shouldn’t interfere with sports but sometimes it can’t be helped, especially when your life depends on it. When countries at the source of the Nile decide that it’s time to set new water quotas, then you know it’s time to host the new, ever so friendly Nile Basin Football Tournament. To recap, countries at …

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Villarreal, Madrid, Atletico reach cup quarters

MADRID: A second-half burst of goals saw Villarreal rally from a two-goal deficit Thursday for a 4-2 win over Valencia that put it into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Marco Ruben’s 63rd-minute strike ensured Villarreal advanced after a scoreless first leg. Ruben tapped into an open goal after Cani’s one-two with Giuseppe Rossi …

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Zamalek hitman apologizes for angry SMS

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar apologized to manager Hossam Hassan after informing the latter that he wanted to leave the club via a mobile message. Gaafar was obviously angry after Hassan surprisingly dropped him from the team’s starting line-up in last week’s Cairo derby draw against Ahly. The Zamalek coach, who revealed Gaafar’s angry SMS …

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Preview: Egypt begin preparation for South Africa

CAIRO: The friendly Nile Basin tournament began on Wednesday with hosts Egypt aiming to warm up for a crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers campaign this year. Hassan Shehata’s men entertain Tanzania in Group A, which also includes African minnows Uganda and Burundi. Despite the insignificance of the regional tournament, the Egypt manager is …

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Nile Basin tournament kicks off under ‘No to Terrorism’ slogan

CAIRO: The Egyptian national team will inaugurate the first Nile Basin Countries football tournament Wednesday with a match against Tanzania at the Arab Contractors Stadium. The tournament, comprising seven teams and played under the slogan "No to Terrorism," cancelled its opening ceremony after the attack on Al-Qeddesine Church in Alexandria claimed 23 lives and left …

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Ahly to play three friendlies in winter break

CAIRO: Ahly are planning to play three friendly matches during the stoppage of the Egyptian Premier League. The games are scheduled for January 10th, 14th and 17th while Ahly’s opponents are yet to be determined. The Cairo side have just re-appointed highly-rated coach Manuel Jose. They are to play their first competitive match under the …

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Mido parts ways with Ajax

CAIRO: Egyptian hitman Mido terminated his contract with Ajax Amsterdam by mutual consent on Tuesday. "It’s over now. I agreed with Ajax’s officials to annul my deal," the towering man told FilGoal.com. "Now I’m a free to join any other club in the current winter transfer window. "I received several offers from Spain and England …

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Shikabala backtracks on Egypt decision, set to join camp

CAIRO: Zamalek star Shikabala has backed down on his decision not to play for Egypt and is set to join the team’s camp ahead of this week’s Nile Basin friendly tournament. The 24-year-old announced that he doesn’t want to play for the national team after being subjected to hostile chants from Ahly supporters in last …

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Ghaly ready to play as goalkeeper for Egypt

CAIRO: Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly says he is ready to fill in whatever position manager Hassan Shehata asks him to play in, even if he was used as a goalkeeper. The 28-year-old excelled as a sweeper for Ahly during the past few weeks, which saw the Egyptian champions switch back to their traditional 3-5-2 formation …

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Coach Younes quits Egypt’s U-20 team

CAIRO: Coach Mostafa Younes has quit Egypt’s U-20 team for the sake of his media job, FilGoal.com has learnt. The former Ahly star informed Egyptian FA chairman Samir Zaher of his decision to resign after a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. His resignation came just few weeks after the EFA said Younes had decided to snub …

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Women’s soccer clinic held to build program in Egypt

CAIRO: “They’ve come really because the concept of ‘soccer without borders’ is one we all understand,” commented United States ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey. Recently, the United States embassy in Cairo, with the help of the Egyptian Football Federation, recruited the help of the Soccer Without Borders organization to come to Egypt and hold soccer …

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Egypt in danger as glory beckons Botswana

By David Legge / AFP JOHANNESBURG: Defending champions Egypt are teetering on the brink of elimination from the African Nations Cup going into the new year while Botswana are just one win away from a fairytale first appearance. The struggle for 14 places at the premier national-team football competition on the continent will dominate 2011 with …

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Ahly and Zamalek face off in derby of pride

CAIRO: Zamalek will be eying a perfect end to the first round of the Egyptian league at Cairo Stadium on Thursday, ahead of the international break when they face their arch-rivals Al Ahly. Al Ahly will seek to end a series of bad results that have left the team lagging at fourth place, six points …

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Mido has to work hard to regain place

CAIRO: Mido admitted that he has to work hard once again in order to convince new Ajax manager Franck de Boer with his capabilities. Mido fell down the pecking order with the arrival of De Boer in place of Martin Jol, who needed a couple of months to start involving the Egyptian in his first-team …

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Gomaa, Gaafar relish derby contest

CAIRO: Ahly defense star Wael Gomaa explained how he intends to keep Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar at bay ahead of this week’s Cairo derby clash. “There is a basic rule in marking which says that the defender should remain close to his man to put pressure on him, but with Gaafar it is different,” Gomaa, …

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Ahly fined for chants against Shikabala

CAIRO: Ahly have been handed an LE 10,000 fine by the Egyptian FA after their fans verbally abused Zamalek wizard Shikabala following a league game last week. The Red Devils’ jubilant supporters hurled insults at Shikabala after the team snapped a four-match winless run by beating Harras Hodoud 2-1 last Tuesday. They retaliated after the …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: The year Africa held its first World Cup

By Stuart Condie/ AP LONDON: The World Cup finally made it to Africa in 2010 and plans were made to send football’s showpiece to even more new destinations. After South Africa overcame dire predictions of security problems and half-empty stadiums to stage a World Cup that united the country in celebration, FIFA voted to give future …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Tiger’s fall, Europe’s rise mark year of transition

By Jim Slater/ AFP WASHINGTON: In a year when the world watched Tiger Woods lose his marriage, his top ranking, his iconic image and every tournament he played, golf thrived with new stars and looked to a less Woods-centric future. The fall of Woods dominated the year in golf, from a February apology that commanded global …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Nadal dominates a year of few surprises

By Caroline Cheese/ AFP LONDON: Just as tennis fans were busy debating whether Roger Federer is the greatest player ever, Rafael Nadal provided further evidence that the Swiss star might not even be the best of his generation. Fifteen months after Federer became the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam titles, Nadal …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: A break with stereotypes

By Alaa Abdel-Ghani As far as friendlies go, Qatar’s 2-1 defeat of Egypt was not out of the ordinary, except that Egypt, No 9 in the world, lost to a country seeded 114. But Qatar is becoming used to causing upsets, beating much greater odds when it won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup. …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: A year of rising stars, records and major blows

By Tamim Elyan Sports pundits had a lot to speculate about and many occasions to celebrate in 2010, a year that witnessed the birth of new stars and new champions most of whom Africa has been the stage for. Before January, hardly did Alexandrian footballer, Mohamed “Geddo” Nagy, know that he would send millions of Egyptians …

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Revamped Treika lifts Ahly over Hodoud

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou Trika scored twice to lead Ahly’s comeback and give the league champions a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Harras Hodoud. A first-half strike from Pape Latyr N’Diaye gave the visitors a one-nil lead, but the in-form Abou Trika made it four goals in three games with a second-half brace. The Egypt talisman became …

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World Cup lifts Africa to dizzy heights

JOHANNESBURG: African football scaled dizzy heights in 2010 as it staged the World Cup tournament for the first time and received international acclaim. FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa nine out of 10 in his post-championship report card with security and infrastructure fears proving unfounded. South Africa had been at the receiving end of …

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Eto’o named African Footballer of the Year; Hassan best Africa-based player

CAIRO: Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was named African Footballer of the Year a record fourth time at the annual CAF awards ceremony in Cairo Monday. Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan was awarded best Africa-based player. Egypt’s and Ahly star, 34-year-old Hassan, beat off competition from his compatriot Mohamed “Geddo” Nagui and TP Mazembe ace Alain Dioko. Hassan …

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Zamalek outcast staying put

Zamalek full-back Sabri Rahil intends to stay with the Cairo club despite struggling to find a regular place within Hossam Hassan’s selection. The 23-year-old, who joined from MCDR in 2007, has been playing second fiddle to Egypt left-back Mohamed Abdul-Shafi since Hassan has taken charge last year. While admitting he has received overtures from other …

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