Football: History in the making

No community, no football.
No football team, no community.

The El Gouna Times regularly visits El Gouna’s modern football ground, established in the Bustan area of this buzzing little town. It is equipped with the best turf in Egypt and capable of holding crowds on comfortable open stands running almost the entire length of the pitch on both sides.

The Gouna Football Team

The El Gouna Football Club team are managed by Mohamed Abd Al Sameh, a household name in Egyptian football. When playing for Mekawleen from Cairo, the forerunners of Arab Contractors, he won a championship’s medal in the early Eighties and participated in the team that won the African Cup Winner’s Cup.

El Gouna Football Club were founded in 2002 and participated in the third divison of the Upper Egypt/Red Sea department in its formative season. The 2003/2004 season saw promotion to the second division of the Upper Egypt/Red Sea department. The town’s high flyers have clinched yet another championship to secure their way up on the Egyptian football ladder. The 2005/2006 season will see them play at B-level, just two divisions separating them from the likes of Al Ahly and Zamalek.

The Gouna Football Team Celebration party

The team is now ranked among the fastest growing football teams worldwide and will, at that point, be recognized by the FIFA.

During last season El Gouna reached the first round proper by beating Sohag Nile 5-0 and even went into the second round of the Egyptian Cup at the expense of Arab Contractors with a stunning 2-1 victory at Cairo’s El Gabal El Akhdar Stadium, only to bow out to Ithad from Alexandria in a pulsating tie. Ithad went on to lose in the final stages at the hands of giants ENPPI. El Gouna’s cup exploits for surely have put them on the Egyptian football map.

Gouna – Luxor match

Visiting local football is fun. The standard of play is remarkably good. The crowd is partisan and it is a brilliant opportunity to mingle with the locals.

B-level league, here we come!!

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