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Egypt's Elgamal wins 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship******
KAMPALA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Adham Hatem Elgamal claimed the men's singles title at the 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship held here on Thursday.
Elgamal, who had earlier stopped Zambia's Kalombo Mulenga in the semifinal, defeated compatriot Ahmed Salah 21-14, 21-14 in the final.
"This is a very good day for me. We won the team event and I also won the men's singles," Elgamal told Xinhua.
In the women's singles final, South Africa's Johanita Scholtz denied Egypt another chance to win when she stopped top seed Doha Hany 21-15, 21-11.
Hany was again upset in the mixed doubles final when she was paired with Elgamal and lost to the Algerian pair of Koceila Mammeri and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-16, 21-13.
The men's doubles final was won by Algeria's Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel who beat Egypt's Abdelrahman Abdelhakim and Salah 21-18, 21-16.
After winning the women's singles, South Africa's Scholtz, teamed up with Amy Ackerman, suffered a loss to Algeria's Mounib Celia and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-19, 21-17.
Annet Nakamya, chairperson of the Uganda Badminton Association, said the organization was proud of having hosted a successful tournament with tough COVID-19 protocols.
"We witnessed good badminton and we are also happy with the performances of our players," added Nakamya. Enditem
Koeman admits to pressure, while Ancelotti says nerves natural ahead of Clasico******
MADRID, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted he was under extreme pressure ahead of Sunday afternoon's meeting with traditional rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou Stadium.
Barca go into the game after consecutive wins against Valencia and Dynamo Kiev, but defeat against Real Madrid would leave them five points behind their rivals in La Liga and with an important blow to their morale.
"It's impossible for me to have more pressure," said Koeman, adding that "when you are the coach of Barca, you have to live with that and I know how important all of this is."
"I have won many Clasico as a player and you have to try and enjoy it," said the Barca coach, who failed to beat Real Madrid in their two meetings last season.
"This is my first Clasico as a coach with public in the stands and that makes it different. We have to have the desire to win the game," said Koeman, who has been given another vote of confidence by club president Joan Laporta.
"He doesn't have to say every day that I am going to continue, but I feel supported by the president and the club, although we all know that everything depends on results," he concluded.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti told the press that his side was "preparing for a special game, with intensity and focusing on using good strategy."
He said winger Eden Hazard and defender Dani Carvajal were fit enough to be included in his squad, but insisted there was no clear favorite to the game, despite Barca struggling for form this season.
"There is no favorite in this kind of game," he said, before explaining that games against Barca were "the only times in my life," that he chewed gum.
"It's normal to be worried, even a bit scared. If you aren't scared, sometimes to face up to a lion thinking it's a pussycat," he joked, before insisting that he had "a strong team, with quality." Enditem
Italy held by Switzerland in World Cup qualifier******
ROME, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Italy should have sealed a win on Friday but only settled for a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in a FIFA World Cup European qualifier, as Jorginho missed a late penalty.。
It was a head-to-head for the top place of Group C as the two sides were tied in the standings with 14 points ahead of the final match-day as the Azzurri ranked first by virtue of a superior goal difference. The top finisher will advance to Qatar 2022 directly, while the second enter play-offs.。
Both sides entered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with a long list of absentees as Italy lost Giorgio Chiellini, Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti to injury, while Switzerland were without Granit Xhaka and Haris Seferovic.。
The away side had a more aggressive start and went ahead in the 11th minute as Noah Okafor sprinted down the left and squared for Silvan Widmer to hit in a first-time screamer out of the box.。
Italy managed to weather the early siege, and once the tempo and intensity of the opponents dropped, the game was transformed.。
The winner of the 2020 Euro Championship earned a genuine opportunity in the 22nd minute as Emerson broke into the box and pulled back for Jorginho, whose attempt was blocked and Nicolo Barella's follow-up from a close range was denied by Yann Sommer.。
Italy got back on level terms through a well-designed free kick as Lorenzo Insigne's dummy allowed his cross to find Giovanni Di Lorenzo who scored a header.。
The Azzurri was utterly dominant after the break to create a string of chances, and it won a golden opportunity in the dying minutes when Domenico Berardi was pushed down in the box. The referee Anthony Taylor waved play on before checking the VAR to award a penalty.。
Jorginho, who missed the spot-kick in the two sides' first meeting in September, stepped up again, but the Chelsea midfielder surprisingly blasted it over.。
The situation is unchanged as the two teams in the group are still separated by just two goals. Their fortunes will be decided in the final group games three days later when Italy visit Northern Ireland, and Switzerland host Bulgaria. Enditem。