UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 15: Zamalek suffers 0-3 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016 Caf Champions League final


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Zamalek suffers 0-3 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016 Caf Champions League final

The Cairo giants Zamalek lost 0-3 against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the first leg of the 2016 Caf Champions League final.

Sundowns’s Anthony Laffor and Tebogo Langerman made it 2-0 at half-time, with the third coming just after the break.

The White Knights, who are seeking a first continental crown in 14 years, will have to win 4-0 in the reverse fixture which will be held in Alexandria’s Borg al Arab stadium on Sunday Oct. 23.

Zamalek head coach Mo’men Soliman said that he is confident his players will achieve the miracle in Alexandria.

“If we lose, I’ll resign by a phone call and I will not go to the club for the training sessions so that I don’t embarrass anyone if this happens,” Soliman said in a televised interview – as per KingFut.


Supply police seize 136 tons of rice, sugar before sold on black market

A total of 136 tons of rice and sugar have been seized in Cairo’s districts of Madinet Nasr and el Marg before being sold on black market, Assistant Interior Minister Khaled Abdel Aal was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.

The seized amounts will be sold to public in market price in accordance with directives of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, said Abdel Aal.

During the past few weeks, a shortage and hike in prices of sugar and rice have been noticed in local markets in several governorates across the country sparking anger amongst shoppers.

Egypt contracted to buy 400,000 tons of raw Sugar in a bid to tackle the crisis, Ahmed Kamal, assistant supply minister was quoted by state news agency MENA on Friday.

On Saturday, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Mohammad Moselhi issued a decree to maintain sugar supplies at subsidized and free market prices of 5 EGP and 6 EGP respectively to meet the rising demand, state news agency MENA reported.


1st Ukrainian flight arrives in Egypt’s Marsa Alam airport with 180 tourists aboard

Marsa Alam International Airport received on Saturday 180 Ukrainian tourists on board of the first Kiev-Marsa Alam flight operated by Ukraine’s Anda Air.

The flight was welcomed with water cannons, while the tourists were received by flowers and Egyptian folk music, Mohamed Taman, head of the airport’s public relation and media department was quoted by Youm7.

This is the first route linking between Kiev and Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Marsa Alam, said Taman, adding that there will be on one weekly flight between the two airports.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.

The sector, which is the nation’s second highest source of national income after the Suez Canal, provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.


Egypt wins 2nd place as best cultural tourism destination in Italian competition

Egypt won the second place in a competition organized by the Italian Turismo & Attualità magazine specialized in tourism concerning the best cultural tourism destinations all over the world, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

As many as 8,000 tourism editors and travel agents participated in the competition that took place on the sidelines of the 2016 TTG Incontri fair currently held in Rimini city of Italy.

Egyptian Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed is participating in the fair where he held a number of meetings with representatives of international tour operators and media outlets.


Cairo sees moderate weather of 29 °C Sunday

Official forecasters expected Cairo to see a moderate weather Sunday, with the temperature reaching highs of 29 °C and lows of 22°C.


Egypt demand Libya compensate 307K returnees of war

Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower demanded Libya to compensate 307,000 Egyptian returnees who have been harmed by the war in the oil-rich country, Youm7 reported.

The ministry’s statement detailed the type of damages that took place to the Egyptian laborers, including loss of income or property, real estate and bank accounts.


Anti-drug tests to be applied to 4K school bus drivers this year: Ministry

Ministry of Solidarity annoucned that a governmental anti-drugged driving program targets applying drug tests to 4,000 school bus drivers during 2016/2017 academic year, Youm7 reported Saturday.


Engineering Syndicate cancels listing religion on official papers

Egypt’s Engineering Syndicate decided to cancel listing religion in its papers and documents, Youm7 reported Saturday.

As of the next month, the syndicate will re-print all its forms without the religion fields.

The syndicate’s announcment came after Cairo University President Gaber Nassar’s decision to cancel the religion field from all official documents issued by the university including graduation certificates.


3 students killed, 9 injured in road crash southern Cairo

Three students were killed and nine others injured Saturday after a microbus flipped over the road in El-Saf area, southern Cairo.

Thousands of Egyptians die every year on the road; however rate of fatal crashes slightly declined according to official report.

Although officials cite human error as the main cause for the crashes, experts, on the other hand, blame them on lack of maintenance.

Since 2014, Egypt has incorporated national projects to build new roads, maintain old, dilapidated bridges and conduct anti-drug tests in a bid to boost safety measures on the road.

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