Egypt calls up Saudi Arabia-based striker for World Cup warm-up friendlies

Updated 06 March 2018
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Egypt calls up Saudi Arabia-based striker for World Cup warm-up friendlies

CAIRO: Egypt coach Hector Cuper has given a first call-up to striker Hussein El-Shahat, the only surprise selection ahead of a pair of World Cup warm-ups against Portugal and Greece later this month.
El-Shahat, a 27-year-old forward who plays for Al-Ain in the UAE, has been on loan from Egyptian club El-Maqasah since January. He has scored seven goals and provided nine assists, helping his team move closer to winning the Gulf nation’s top league.
With good ball skills and a knack for finding the target, El-Sahaht could help reduce Egypt’s near complete dependence on Liverpool winger Mohammed Salah, who scored five of the national team’s seven goals in African qualifying.
Egypt is returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and will face host Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.
Cuper gave another striker, Mahmoud Abdel-Razeq, only his second call-up since 2014 on Tuesday. Abdel-Razeq, better known as Shikabala, scored a superb goal in Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Ghana in its last Group E qualifier in November. Egypt had already qualified before the game, prompting the Argentine coach to give Salah a rest.
Shikabala plays for Saudi Arabia club Al-Raed, his latest stop in a journey that has seen him play in Egypt, Greece, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.
The Pharaohs play Portugal March 23 and Greece four days later. Both games will be played in Zurich, Switzerland.


‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue

Al-Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Musa (back right) joins (front left to right) Al-Hilal’s Ali Al-Habsi and Mohammad Jahfali and (back left) Saleh Alweheemed ahead of this weekend’s 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 December 2018
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‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue

  • 22 Formula E drivers will battle it out for glory this weekend
  • "I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports"

JEDDAH: They may be fierce rivals in the Saudi Pro League, but some of the biggest stars of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr football got together to tour the venue of one of the most anticipated motor racing events in Saudi history.
The players soaked up the atmosphere as they visited the home of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix.
This weekend the 2.495km track created within the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah will see 22 Formula E drivers battle it out for glory.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi said: “I’m totally amazed by what they have built here, the track, the grandstands, the hospitality, it’s incredible what they’ve created for the Formula E.  It’s epic.
“As a professional athlete I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports, this will be a fiercely fought contest which is sure to thrill the fans.”

 (Left to right) Al Hilal star players Alberto Botia, Abdullah Almaiouf, Mohammad Jahfali, Ali Al-Habsi and Carlos Eduardo visit the new Formula E track at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah. (Photo/Supplied)

The racing extravaganza will also be accompanied by fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions.
Three nights of music concerts will feature some of the biggest names in world. 
US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will wrap up the event after the race ends on Saturday with Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo and Amr Diab performing from Thursday.
Al Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Mussa said: “We’re all about entertaining fans and bringing people together, that’s what football and sport is all about. These three nights will be a spectacle like nothing we’ve seen before and I urge our fans to come and be part of history.”