It’s been a while since your reporter contributed to El Gouna Times. In my quest to get a grasp of the Egyptian football scene I met a lot of very kind Egyptians, yet with very limited knowledge of any league feeding the nationwide top level, called The Egyptian League. They’ll very kindly tell you anything not to disappoint you or to conceal their lack of understanding of the nationwide football system. The language barrier doesn’t help either.
I have visited numerous Egyptian football forums to find the holy grail. The Egyptian League comprises of Al Ahly, Zamalek, ENNPI, Sawahel, Assut Cement, Ismaily, Itthad, Mokawleen, Masry, Suez Cement, Gaish, Mahala, Koroum and Aluminium.
The feeder leagues for The Egyptian League are divided over North and South Egypt. North Egypt consists of two groups. South Egypt consists of two groups. Each group contains 9 clubs.
The top two of group A and the top two of group B of North Egypt meet in a play-off after finishing the regular competition. They play six matches between them. The winner gets promoted to the nationwide top level to meet the likes of Zamalek and Ahly. Same goes for group A and group B in South Egypt.
El Gouna FC are currently acting brilliantly in Group A of South Egypt, topping the league halfway through the competition after eight matches. Their opponents are Qoush, El Mara’a , Shabab El Mara’a, Aswan, Nil Sohaq, El Walideya, El Bahr Achmar and rivals Aluminium Safaga. Only Aswan and Safaga managed to draw 0-0 with Gouna playing away from home. The team won all other matches.
I will try to get a full table of El Gouna’s group. Their next home match is scheduled on 30 november 2005, taking on Al Mara’a. Kick off 2.30pm.
Han from West Golf