Arab star Ayoub El-Kaabi lands record move to China

Ayoub El-Kaabi has 11 goals in 12 international appearances. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2018
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Arab star Ayoub El-Kaabi lands record move to China

LONDON: Ayoub El-Kaabi has become the most expensive player ever from the Moroccan league after landing a record move to Hebei China Fortune.
The 25-year-old has joined the Chinese Super League outfit for a reported fee of $7 million after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the side managed by former Wales and Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.
Renaissance Berkane will receive 30 percent of any future transfer while El-Kaabi’s hometown club, Racing Casablanca, will receive 25 percent of the transfer fee.
El-Kaabi will join a star-studded Hebei China Fortune side that includes Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Mascherano and Gervinho.
“Ayoub had many offers, but we picked up the Hebei offer,” the Moroccan side said on its Facebook page.
El-Kaabi rose to prominence with his nine goals at this year’s African Nations Championship and played in two of Morocco’s group games at the World Cup.


Saudi team wins first prize at eSports world championship

Updated 13 November 2018
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Saudi team wins first prize at eSports world championship

  • Sari Al-Jafari defeated his Japanese counterpart by a 5 – 4 scoreline
  • The team was ranked second in terms of performance, competing with 38 international teams

JEDDAH: The Saudi eSports team has won the first prize in the Tekken 7 competition at the 10th edition of the IESF Esports World Championship in Taiwan. Sari Al-Jafari won against his Japanese counterpart with a 5 to 4 score.

This was the first participation for the Saudi teams in this world championship. The team was ranked second in terms of performance, competing with 38 international teams. The Saudi teams competed in the Tekken 7 and League of Legends competitions.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of the Saudi Federation of Electronic and Intellectual Sports, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their interest in the development of sports

He also thanked the chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh for his support and follow-up.

Prince Faisal said that the achievements of Saudi Arabia in eSports was not surprising and Saudi champions were now competing in all international forums.