Policeman Killed In Bomb Attack On Egypt’s Alexandria

Policeman Killed In Pre-election Bomb Attack On Egypt's Alexandria
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A policeman died on Saturday in a bomb attack in Egypt’s Alexandria which hit a convoy of the city’s security chief, officials said.

The car bomb attack in the northern port city also wounded four others, the government press office added, just days ahead of Egypt’s presidential election which starts on Monday.

General Mostafa el-Nemr, Alexandria’s security chief, was not among the casualties of the “terrorist bombing that targeted the convoy”, his office said, quoted by state newspaper Al-Ahram.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the casualties were taken to a military hospital in the Mediterranean city.

Photographs posted online showed burned-out cars and thick black smoke at the site of the attack on Al-Moaskar Al-Romani street, near a police station.

AFP

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The Pharaohs will host the Hawks at Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 28.

Coach Hector Cuper is preparing his side ahead of their away match against Tunisia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Argentine coach has called up 10 international players in the squad, including Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy.

Nigeria, Egypt Tie: Match Officials To Arrive On Wednesday

Nigeria super EaglesOfficials for Friday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt in Kaduna are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Referee Janny Sikazwe, Assistant Referee two, Romeo Kasengele and Reserve Referee Wisdom Chewe are all expected to arrive in Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, alongside the match commissioner, Abbasi Ssendyowa from Uganda.

Assistant referee one, Arsenio Chadreque Marengula, from Mozambique, will arrive on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has appealed to fans, who will be at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, to ensure they are law abiding and orderly.

The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, as the NFF continued the countdown to the big match.

“We are specially appealing to our football fans not to come with any item that might be seen as a weapon, because security will be very tight on the day. We also appeal passionately to the fans to co-operate fully with the security agents to make for hitch-free entry into the venue.

“Similarly, we are appealing to the fans to come to the stadium wearing green and white colours. We want the venue proudly adorned in our national colours,” he said.

Players and officials of the Super Eagles arrived in Kaduna on Tuesday afternoon, led by Head Coach Samson Siasia.

The Super Eagles will clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, from 5:00pm local time and both teams will battle again in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.

Siasia Anticipates Victory Over Egypt

SiasiaSamson Siasia has assured Nigerians that all the players he invited for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt are ready to give their best to win.

Super Eagles’ interim coach,  Samson Siasia, said that the availability of the video tapes of the Pharaohs have also boosted his confidence, as the technical crew would sit with the players to study the tapes.

The camp opened in Abuja on Sunday for the home-based players while the those based abroad would join the squad on March 19 before the final selection would be made from the 42 players invited.

Nigeria will face Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna for the first leg, while they will be travelling to play the return leg on March 29 in Alexandria.

Siasia Invites Balogun For Nigeria vs. Egypt Match

SiasiaCoach Samson Siasia has extended an invitation to FSV Mainz 05 of Germany defender, Leon Balogun, ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

The latest invitation brings to 21, the number of overseas–based players called for the games, including US-based Portland Timbers striker, Fanendo Adi, who has expressed delight at getting his first call-up for the Super Eagles.

Coach Siasia has also declared that only those who show guts and grit, and ability to adapt to conditions, would be selected to play against the Pharaohs.

The Super Eagles’ new boss stated that there would be no sentiments or consideration of previous ability as only the training sessions in Kaduna and Alexandria would be used to decide the 18 players on the roll for each game.

“These are two matches that we have to win. There would be no looking at what someone had done in the past, or current form at club level. If you are doing well at your club at the moment and you can’t show ferocious form in training and ability to adapt to the environment, then you would have no place.

“I am excited at the debate that has been generated by the team list. You can never satisfy everyone. The important thing is that we know the players we want for these big games and we have invited them, and we believe in them to deliver.”

The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations gold medallist gave the assurance that he has been speaking with all the players on the list and has received assurance that everyone is ready to give his all in both games.

“We continue to ask for the support of every Nigerian as we count down to the two matches. Our people should believe that we can do it, and we will do it.”

Nigeria host Egypt in Kaduna on Friday, March 25 and visit the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29 in two crucial 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers. Egypt top the Group G table with six points, two more than the Eagles who are in second place.

Siasia Targets Defeat Of Egypt Home And Away

SiasiaSuper Eagles caretaker coach, Samson Siasia, insists his target is to beat Egypt both home and away in the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers later this month.

Coach Siasia, who was in charge of the team between December 2010 and October 2011, maintained that only the best players would be given opportunity in both matches from his 42 man list.

The home-based players are expected to arrive camp on March 6, before the overseas-based pros arrive from March 20.

The Lagos-born 48-year-old had invited 22 home–based professionals and 20 foreign–based players for the qualifying games against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Siasia, who was named last week as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, passionately appealed to Nigerians, including the media, to support the team and show belief, as the Eagles host the Egyptians in Kaduna on March 25 and play away in Alexandria on March 29.

Militants Attack Church And Police In Egypt

egypt-1Islamist militants hit Egypt’s two largest cities on Sunday with a bombing in Cairo and an attack on a church in Alexandria, leaving one policeman dead and seven people wounded, security sources said.

In a separate incident, the leader of a militant group that has targeted police and soldiers around the capital was killed in a fire-fight with security forces early on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

Egypt is facing an insurgency based in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Most militant attacks have taken place in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. Smaller-scale bombings have become increasingly common in Cairo and other cities.

A bomb explosion on a bridge leading to the upscale Cairo district of Zamalek, which hosts many embassies, killed one policeman, the interior ministry said. Two more officers and a civilian were injured.

According to the Interior Ministry and Security sources, the policeman was shot dead during an exchange of fire at an apartment in Giza, near Cairo.

The force of the bomb, which the sources said was planted in or near a car, injured several more people on the May15 Bridge.

On Saturday, two bombs exploded near a police station in the residential Imbaba district across the Nile River from Zamalek, causing no casualties.