Last Update 23:21
Saturday, 19 January 2019

Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi celebrates best Egypt-based footballers in 2017 at first 'Oscars'

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 7 Feb 2018
Abdalla El-Said
Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi editor-in-chief Mohamed Shabana (L) with Ahly's star and best player of the year 2017 Abdalla El-Said (R)
Views: 2163
Views: 2163

Al-Ahram's weekly sports magazine Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi, held a celebration ceremony on Tuesday in Cairo to honor the best Egypt-based footballers of 2017 in what the magazine dubbed its first sports "Oscars."

"We are very happy with our first ever Oscar ceremony. It is a great honor to give the credit to those who made achievements in the field of sports over the past year," said Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi editor-in-chief Mohamed Shabana as he opened the ceremony.

Sports journalists and footballers participated jointly in voting for the awards.

All members of the national team, technical staff and coach Hector Cuper were honored for the Pharaohs' reaching both the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the latter following a 28-year drought.

Hany Abo Rida, the president of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), was honored as the person of the year.

"We appreciate the role of sports journalism and its great role in Egypt's campaign to reach the World Cup finals," Abo Rida said in the ceremony.

Cairo giants Ahly dominated the personal awards and was voted best club after winning the domestic double.

Ahly's playmaker Abdallah El-Said was voted best player of the year, Moroccan striker Walid Azaro came as the best attacker and head coach Hossam El-Badry won best coach.

Additionally, the Reds' star Walid Soliman got the best attacking midfielder award, while teammate Ahmed Fathi was the best right-back.

Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad received the best keeper award, while teammate Ibrahim Hassan was voted the best playmaker.

Zamalek's Tarek Hamed was voted best midfielder.

Masry's Mohamed Hamdy got the best left-back award.

Zamalek's defender Ali Gabr, who recently completed his loan to Premier League side West Bromwich, got the best defender award.

At the media level, Former Zamalek stars Hazem Emam and Ahmed "Mido" Hossam were voted best football analysts, while TV presenter Seif Zaher got the best presenter award.

ON TV Channel received the award for best TV channel.

Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi magazine, first launched by the Al-Ahram establishment in 1990, is one of the oldest sports publications in Egypt.

Ahly striker Walid Azaro

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry

Egypt's coach Cuper (L) with his assistant Mahmoud Fayez

Ahly's playmaker Walid Soliman

Ahly players Ahmed Fathi, Walid Azaro and Abdalla El-Said (L)

Zamalek former star Hazem Emam (L) with Ahly's right-back Ahmed Fathy

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.