El Hadary talks about Al-Ahly, José and the national team

In an exclusive interview with "Al Ain" website, Issam El Hadary talked about his ambitions with the Egyptian national team, his experience with Al Ahly and his conflicts with his former coach Manuel José.

El Hadary is the oldest goalkeeper in the world : He will be 44 years old next June but he will always be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers in Egypt.

The interview started with some questions regarding Egypt's last game against Ghana. Then, El Hadary talked about Al-Ahly, his relationship with Manuel José and his retirement :

Why did you cry after the game? 

I went through a big pressure. It was one of the hardest games in my whole career. I knew that it will be the reason behind our qualification to the World Cup. That's why I was extremely happy.

What do you think of Hector Cuper? 

He's a genius and he has a unique style. He was a defender so he has a tendency to strengthen the defensive line. He's doing a great job and we should really respect his job with the national team.

Everyone's asking you to qualify to the World Cup. What do you think of that ?

All the Egyptians want to reach that objective. It's a nation's dream. It's a big responsibility but I believe that we'll be able to make this dream come true.

When will you announce your retirement ?

After the World Cup for sure!

What's the real reason behind your departure from Al Ahly ?

Manuel José was only looking for his own good. He's the reason behind my departure after humiliating me and robbing me of the captain's armband.

What's the reason behind this big hatred between you and Manuel José?

I don't want to talk about him because this will make him important. I don't know why he keeps on attacking me. I think that he came to Egypt to make fun of us. He came for money and returned to Al Ahly's academy for the same reason.

Do you still want to play in Al Ahly?

Of course, that's a big gift. I didn't lose faith. If they'll call me, I'll immediately go there because it's my duty!

Who's the best player you've played with ? 

Aboutrika. He's a great person that will not be repeated.

Will you become a coach after your retirement ? 

No, I'd rather go to management. I'm really tired of football.

 

Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet after 9 years

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Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet last Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The 1-1 draw went into extra time and it became evident that penalty kicks would settle the deadlock. Bomi County has clinched the trophee after beating Margibi County 4-3 in post-match penalty kicks after regular time 1-1. The 90 minutes plus the extra 30 minutes of play had all the beauty of the game. Both goalkeepers were excellent and kept their team in the game. “It was simply a matter of Bomi winning the match,” said a native of Bomi County. “The 4-3 victory was part of Bomi’s plan, and now let’s see if someone can decide to draw attention to the Blue Lake.” In recent County Meets, Bomi has had difficulties in winning the crown and came to the limelight after beating River Gee 5-2 in 2009. Bomi walked away with LD 500,000 as cash prize, while Margibi took home half of the winner’s price. In the Kickball grand final, Grand Bassa edged Margibi County 2-0 home run, while Nimba County beat Lofa County 7-6 in penalties to win the inaugural edition of the women football in the County Meet. Grand Finals results Football Margibi 3 - Bomi 4 Kickball Margibi 0 - Grand Bassa 1

Serena Williams makes strong start in Australian Open

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide and the American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

Serena Williams made a strong comeback in her quest for a record-equallying 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne Australia on Tuesday.

The tennis legend won 6-0 6-2 victory over German Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open.

The seven-times Australian Open champion was pregnant when she won the last of her 23 grand slam titles at Melbourne Park.

Playing her first Grand Slam since her rant against the umpire at last year’s U.S. Open final, the 37-year old lost only 24 points against Maria.

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide. The American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

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A second African Golden Ball for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseyn

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf.

In this weeks’s program, the Egyptian striker was named African Player of the Year for the second time in a row. The reward for a breathtaking season. We spoke about this with a former winner, the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf.

It was a smashing start at the Champions League group stage for Wydad, winning 5-2 against Asec Mimosas. Defending champions Tunis Esperance were held in check in Guinea. Find all the results in this program.

And then hero of South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup. Phil Masinga, African champion in 1996, died on Sunday. Sad news for African football.

Egypt launches preps for AFCON 2019

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

The Egyptian sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday launched preparations for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations.

The continent’s largest sporting event will take place from June 15 to July 13.

“Organizing the CAN in three to four months is a great sign of confidence from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and my colleagues at CAF. Egypt has got sixteen votes against one, which shows great confidence in the country, Egypt and our economy, “ said President of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Rida.

Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouli will chair a committee made up of ministers to facilitate work of the federation.

Officials say the opening ceremony and first match will take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International stadium.

The stadium was renovated before the North African nation hosted the 2006 edition of the tournament.

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

Egypt can boast of a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria as well as a road network linking the main cities.

AFP

Uganda's lacrosse players target youth to grow the sport

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport .

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport and improve upon their performances at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.

In a sunny afternoon in Jinja, Uganda, Andrew Mamawi is getting his players in gear.

Mamawi played for the Ugandan lacrosse team at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018. Uganda is the first African country to field a team at the sport’s penultimate event.

“It showed me a lot of things that sports can do. After playing for a while in Kampala, I came back to the community that raised me, so what I didn’t have, what I didn’t get as a child is what I wanted to give back to the community,” said Lacrosse Coach and player, Andrew Mamawi.

The sport was first introduced in the East African nation in 2012 by an American representative of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Secretary of Uganda Lacrosse Association, Donald Atuhire said Uganda is at the forefront, while the rest of Africa is just waiting them to expand

“It’s a very challenging sport, it’s fast and requires a lot of skill holding all that equipment, there is a helmet, gloves, a stick, a ball that is very heavy, it needs so much skill in handling it, so we expect if the kids take it up professionally, they could easily get a payment for it,” he added.

Funds to pay players, buy equipment, manage leagues, organize competitions, facilitate travel, and eventually offer college scholarships are raised through the California-based Uganda Lacrosse Foundation or the Uganda Lacrosse Association both formed to help support the country’s niche community of players and fans.

The Cranes Uganda’s national team – hope to play in the Olympics one day. They may just have enough time to launch that offensive, given that the FIL sees 2028 as the year lacrosse will return to the Summer Games.