The President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Amr El-Gainany has said the return of sports in the country is solely dependent on the government.
All Sporting activities in Egypt have been suspended since 14 March due to the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the world. In Egypt, the number of Covid-19 cases continue to rise, as they are getting close to the 20,000-case mark.
The Egyptian FA president says they are prepared for any scenario as he revealed that the future of Egyptian sports is dependent on the decisions of the government.
“We haven’t taken a final decision regarding the future of sports competitions in Egypt,” said El-Ganainy.
“This decision will be made by the government but until now it wasn’t taken.
“We’re fully prepared if the government decides to continue the league”
“Even if the league is cancelled, we’ll be ready and we prepared several scenarios. We all want to continue the league unless the situation doesn’t allow it.
“In case we continue the league, the games won’t be played on the same pitches or the cities, as we want to limit the movement of the players,” he added.
El-Ganainy also gave an update on the health of the EFA’s technical director Mahmoud Saad who contracted the coronavirus after a meeting with some expatriate Egyptian coaches.
“There are no cases within the EFA, we took all of the precautions and we hope that Mahmoud Saad recovers quickly.
“Mahmoud Saad’s situation is improving every day. I want to thank him for his efforts over the previous year’s especially regarding dealing with athletes returning from abroad. He made a lot of efforts which exhausted him,” he concluded.
The former Zamalek coach will undergo the medical protocol cited by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and will take all the official cautions and measurements to face the virus.
The precautionary measures given by the government have been taken inside the EFA’s headquarters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the EFA’s Chief Executive Walid El-Attar.
The Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said recently that football clubs will resume training in June.
Nigeria Begins Bid To Qualify For 2021 Afrobasket November 27
Nigeria senior men basketball team, D’Tigers, will begin its quest to pick up one of the qualifying tickets for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket on November 27, 2020.
The 2021 FIBA Afrobasket is being co-hosted by Rwanda and Egypt. But Nigeria will start her race for qualification against Algeria on Nov. 27 in Algiers. the North African country’s capital city.
The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has said that qualification for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Men’s tournament was non-negotiable.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers, 2015 champions in their last appearance at the Afrobasket showpiece, were second in 2017 behind Tunisia which also jointly co-hosted the event with Senegal.
According to a statement by the NBBF Media Coordinator, Afolabi Oni in Lagos the NBBF would put all logistics in motion to see the D’Tigers qualify.
It said that with gradual return of international basketball following the disruption of the global calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBBF has set its sight on a successful outing.
It also said that the NBBF President, Musa Kida, said preparations had started in earnest to ensure that the Olympics-bound D’Tigers qualify for its 28th Afrobasket tournament.
“We are aware of the huge task before us to ensure another seamless qualification for Afrobasket.
“We know that millions of Nigerians are expecting us to qualify without drama and that is exactly what we are working towards.”
“Currently ranked 26th globally and 1st in Africa, Nigeria is grouped alongside host – Rwanda, Mali and Algeria in Group D.
Kida stressed the need for early training camp and preparations to adequately get the team ready.
“No more minnows in African basketball. All the teams in our group deserve to be there and they deserve our respect.
“We need to prepare early and adequately to live up to pre-tournament ratings by pundits.
“We cannot afford to let our fans down. They are already looking beyond the qualification series from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, and Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021,”Kida said.
D’Tigers, who will be seeking her second championship title when the competition dunks off will conclude its first round of qualification campaign against West African opposition, Mali on Nov. 29.
The top three teams in each group will qualify for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket tournament taking place in Kigali, Rwanda between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, 2021.
Algeria Coach Belmadi Extends Contract With Desert Foxes
Djamel Belmadi has signed a new deal with the Algerian Football Federation as he remains the coach of the Desert Foxes.
Belmadi has signed a new deal to keep him as coach of the Desert Foxes until the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.
The Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi said Belmadi’s contract extension was important following his achievements in a short time.
“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Zetchi.
“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.
“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”
Algeria currently sit on top of their Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying table, with six points from two games as they are on course to qualify for the tournament.
Brazil 2014 was the last time Algeria played at the World Cup where they reached the Round of 16, before losing to eventual winners Germany.
The Algerian coach is looking to take the Desert Foxes back to the World stage and also making an impact.
“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi said.
“When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.
“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”
Belmadi replaced Rabah Madjer as the coach of the Algerian national team, following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In less than a year in charge of the Desert Foxes, Belmadi led Algeria to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Salah Scores as Liverpool Laboured to 2-0 Win over Midtjylland
Mohamed Salah got on the score sheet courtesy of a penalty as Liverpool laboured to a 2-0 win over Denmark’s Midtjylland on Tuesday in a Champions League Group D match at Anfield.
Portuguese footballer Diogo Jota opened scoring for the English Champions in the 55th minute.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, however, suffered another defensive blow with Brazilian Fabinho limping off in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Liverpool made a slow start and suffered an early scare when Anders Dreyer broke through the middle but shot straight at keeper Alisson.
With Klopp having rested his usual front three and given starts to Jota, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool struggled to break down the determined Danes.
The breakthrough came in the 55th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross was turned in from close range by Jota.
Salah made sure of the win, in stoppage time, from the penalty spot, converting after he had been brought down inside the box.
Liverpool have the maximum six points from their opening two games while Midtjylland remain without a point
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