Benatia to captain Morocco at African Cup of Nations

Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia gestures REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovCASABLANCA (Reuters) - Defender Medhi Benatia, who joined Qatari club Al Duhail from Juventus in January, was on Tuesday named captain of Morocco’s 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt this month.Coach Herve Renard cut four players from a preliminary list named last month as he settled on his selection for the tournament, which starts next week.Morocco are in Group D with the Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa.Benatia played just one game of the qualifying campaign for Morocco as he struggled for game time at the Italian champions, eventually leaving for Qatar in January.But Renard kept faith with the 32-year-old as he retained all but six of the 23-man squad from last year’s World Cup in Russia.Squad:Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca)Defenders: Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Reims), Medhi Benatia (Al Duhail), Manuel da Costa (Al Ittihad), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Midfielders: Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Faycal Fajr (Caen), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam)Forwards: Nordin Amrabat (Al Nasr), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nasr), Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar).

Source:Egypt Today

June 11, 2019 16:30 UTC

ICT sector achieves average growth of 15% in 9 months

Minister of Communications Amr Talaat'TECH INVEST 3' to be held on June 11 CAIRO - 4 June 2019: The General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce will hold its annual conference TECH INVEST 3 on Tuesday, June 11, under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat. CAIRO – 11 June 2019: The Sector of Information and Communication Technology recorded an average growth of 15 percent during the last nine months, exceeding the expected rate by 3 percent, according to the Communication Ministry.During the annual conference TECH INVEST 3, it was revealed that the ministry’s plan aims to build a strong base of young Egyptian trainees at the highest professional level and to support the strategy of artificial intelligence, Block Chain and cyber security.The plan targets facing the current challenges through using information technology, affirming that Egypt is able to become at the forefront of the world in the field of information technology by building a broad base of capabilities and skills.The Ministry of Communications is building eight complexes of creativity in eight different provinces, and it began to establish a digital academy providing 1000 hours of lectures by a number of specialized experts.This came during the inauguration of the annual conference TECH INVEST 3 on Tuesday held by the General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat.The slogan of the annual conference is "Investing in Egypt's future digital economy”.

Source:Egypt Today

June 11, 2019 15:00 UTC

Salah, Khalil photo becomes trend on Twitter

Amina Khalil and Mohamed Salah - Instagram. CAIRO – 11 June 2019: Famed Egyptian actress Amina Khalil posted on her official Instagram account a new picture with iconic Egyptian football player and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.“I had the honor,” she captioned the photo. Khalil’s hashtag on her photo with Salah became trend number 3 on Twitter. The photo was likedmore than 300, 000 times on Instagram. Khalil and Salah took this photo in El Gouna.Liverpool Egyptian winger, Salah, enjoyed his vacation in a private yacht at El Gouna, a resort on Egypt's Red Sea.Egypt Today publishes exclusive photos of the Egyptian star during his vacation.Salah returned to Egypt to spend Eidal Fitr vacation with his family in Negrig before heading to the national team camp.Salah led his team to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.Salah opened the score for his team after two minutes from the penalty spot, while DivockOrigi added the second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.Egypt's national team, led by Javier Aguirre, prepares to participate in 2019 African Cup of Nations at home between 21 June and 19 July.The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Source:Egypt Today

June 11, 2019 14:37 UTC

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