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Al-Ahly manager José Peseiro sacked

In an unexpected occurrence for the African Club of the Century and Egypt’s biggest football giant, Al-Ahly SC sacked their Portuguese head coach José Peseiro after just 14 rounds of the Egyptian Premier League. Former director of football Abdel Aziz Abdel-Shafy was appointed as the new temporary manager in Peseiro’s place for the upcoming games …

Mohamed Farouk

2015: The year of the fall of football giants

2015 was marked by the fall of some of the major football heavyweights in the world,It began with Chelsea, the former Premier League champion 2014/2015. The Blues had finally recovered the Premier League title after five years of its absence, with its distinctive and successful coach, José Mourinho. Chelsea won the Premier League title with …

Daily News Egypt

History answers the question: When will the EFA be held accountable?

It is the third consecutive time for Egypt to exit the qualifiers of African Cup of Nations. The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has not been able to organise regular local tournaments. The last tournament it organised was the premier and Egypt cup, both held in 2015and throughout a period of nine months, despite the absence …

Daily News Egypt

The Cairo derby: Politics vs repression

This month’s premier league final between Cairo’s two storied clubs, Al-Ahly SC and Al-Zamalek SC, once the world’s most violent derby, was more than a clash between two football giants. It was a clash between management styles and diametrically opposed approaches towards militant, highly politicised, street battle-hardened football fans. The clash highlighted the advantages of …

James Dorsey

Egyptian teams fare with varying results at African championships

Zamalek has achieved its second victory in a row in the group rounds in the CAF Confederation Cup. Their victory was achieved over the South African team, Orlando Pirates, and was played in South Africa. Recording a 2-1 score over the South African team, Zamalek topped its second group in the championship with six points, …

Daily News Egypt

African trouble for Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek

Following Al-Ahly’s move from the African Champions League to the Confederation Cup, the Egyptian team did achieve a victory over its Tunisian counterpart in the first game in the eighth-final for the tournament. Al-Ahly gained a narrow 2-1 win after falling behind due to an early goal in the first half. However, Al-Ahly was then …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian spectator ban: Flashpoint for conflict and statement of weakness

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian cabinet decision to end the suspension of professional football in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and security forces. The decision against the backdrop of mounting evidence that Egyptian general-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has no apparent intention of easing …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Ahly maintains global lead despite CAF Super Cup loss

This is the first time for the Red Devils to lose in the Super Cup on penalties, after winning twice in 2006 and 2007, when the team had six titles for the cup out of eight attempts including this last game, setting a challenging record for many teams in the continent to achieve.

Daily News Egypt