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The African Cup of Nations Full Draw

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The Africa Cup of Nations draw took place yesterday night, and the set of groups are shockingly and luckily in our favor, but Egypt will still take nothing for granted.

The draw was held with the spectacular view of the Pyramids, which made quite the nicest background, they were beautifully illuminated, and under the gaze of the Sphinx, the draw was concluded with the following list.

Hosts Egypt will face DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A.

Defending champions Cameroon are in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Full Draw:

The tournament will take place from 21 June till 19 July, which means Europe-based players will not be missing their club games.

The first game of the tournament will be Egypt against Zimbabwe on 21 June at Cairo Stadium, and seeing that the games aren’t to overlap with European tournaments, it is expected that Mo Salah will play among the national team.

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So far, this tournament is considered to be the biggest AfCON, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe’s summer rather than January or February.

Egypt’s assistant coach, Hany Ramzy, said after the draw that the Pharaohs were “comfortable” with their pool.

“We are confident, we are here in our land with the supporters behind us, so we have to work hard to reach the final.”

Comments on the draws from several coaches were as follow:

“It is a difficult group but we are used to this level of competition. The teams know one another very well.”
Morocco coach Herve Renard.

“I don’t think the group is easy especially Guinea. They are very young and we have to be wary. We also have a young team but we have experience as well.”
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

“All the groups are difficult. We have two months to prepare well and we will try to make through the group to the next round. We defeated Egypt before in Kampala 1-0 and I am happy that we will play then in Egypt.”
Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre

“The draw determines the teams you face but we actually have to be good on the pitch during the games to qualify to the next round”
Tunisia coach Alain Giresse

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GoalKeeper Essam El-Hadary Included in the 2020 Guiness Book of Records 

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Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has broken a new record that landed him in the 2020 Guiness Book of Records for being the oldest player to take part in the World Cup finals.

El-Hadary, as a 46-year-old goalkeeper, is earning his deserved recognition as the oldest player to participate in the World Cup by Guiness Book of Records. 

Despite Egypt’s tragic loss at the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year, the world can’t deny the impressive efforts of El-Hadary during the tournament. The goalkeeper played one game in the last match facing Saudi Arabia, and those 90 minutes were enough to land El-Hadary a place in the 2020 Guinness Book of Records.

 

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2021 World Men’s Handball Championship to Be Held In Egypt

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Presidents of International Handball Federation (IHF) and Egyptian Handball Federation (EHF) have signed the official document declaring Egypt as the host of the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship.

The document was signed by IHF president Hassan Mostafa and EHF chief Hesham Nasr, in the presence of Egypt’s Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy and head of African Handball Confederation Mansourou Aremou at the ceremony.

This marks the second time for Egypt to host such a big event, as last time the championship was held in Egypt was in 1999.

“The participation of 32 teams instead of 24 for the first time in the 2021 world handball championship is a clear challenge,” Sobhy stated.

He also said that this shall prove Egypt’s capability of organizing and hosting international championships and events, after hopefully the tournament concluded successfully.

Also worth mentioning is that Egypt is soon to finish establishing an indoor handball court located at the New Capital to be one of the venues of the championship.

 

 

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Mohamed El Shorbagy & Raneem El Welily Win Second Oracle Netsuite Open Crown

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Egyptians Mohamed El Shorbagy and Ranim El Welily were crowned earlier yesterday the title of “Oracle Net Suit” during the San Francisco International Squash Championships.

In the final world, Egypt dominated with Mohamed El Shorbagy facing Tarek Momen in the men’s final, and Raneem El-Welily facing the world No. 1 Nour El-Tayeb in women’s competitions.

 

El Shorbagy defeated Tarek Mo’men 3-1 in a 70-minute marathon match, the results were as follows: 11-5, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, while El Welily won over Nour El-Tayeb clean in a quick match that lasted 23 minutes and the result came as follows: 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.

This marks the second time for Shorbagy to win the Oracle NetSuite Open title, after getting the better of World No.3 Tarek Momen in a deciding fifth game at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.

Congratulations to both the champions, forever making us proud!

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