With a Premier League-based African footballer reportedly refusing to warm up as a substitute during an important 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last week, the reason for his action has now seemingly been revealed.
The news will be a big blow to the Blues, who are looking for reinforcements to their frontline. Ronaldo is reportedly close to agreeing a record-breaking 172.9 million-a-year contract with Al-Nassr that would bind him to the club until the age of 40.
(Reuters) - Shawki Gharib is the new coach of the Egypt national team, the Egyptian Football Association said on Wednesday. Gharib, the former Egypt midfielder and assistant coach, succeeds American Bob Bradley, whose contract expired at the end of the country's unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign this month. \"The Egypt football association (EFA) board of directors decided during a meeting on Wednesday to appoint Shawki Gharib as coach of the national team,\" spokesman Azmy Megahed told Reuters, without giving details about the length of the contract. Gharib, 54, had taken over as coach of Egyptian domestic club Ismaily only last month. He told Reuters: \"I am happy with the confidence of the EFA on me. I will do my best to make the fans happy and to build a team capable of achieving the ambitions of the Egyptian people.\" As a player, Gharib won the African Nations Cup with Egypt in 1986, and again as assistant coach to Hassan Shehata in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
where Cijm is a dummy variable taking the value of one when a match was played in an empty stadium and zero otherwise. Here, hi and aj are fixed effects for the home and away teams, respectively, consistent with an assumption that in some period there are general tendencies for some football teams to be relatively stronger than others when playing at home or away (e.g. Peeters and van Ours 2021; Pollard 1986, 2006). These fixed effects also address the unbalanced sets of matches played with and without fans in attendance in the estimation samples (Bryson et al. 2021). The parameter β, to be estimated, measures the effect of playing in an empty stadium on the football match outcome. In the ideal experiment to identify β and interpret it as a causal effect, we would repeatedly hold the same football matches, involving the same players, officials, and other participants, and in the same conditions, except for varying the presence or not of fans in the stadiums. Although this is impractical, the fact that the stadium bans, and their later rescindments, were not driven by football reasons, could still allow for a causal interpretation of our estimates of β. This is the case so long as the home and away-team fixed effects can plausibly address the non-random variation in match outcomes, and in particular home advantage, driven by differences in the types of matches played with and without fans. As we discuss later, this is partly why we prefer to estimate Eq. (1) over relatively short periods of matches, as any football fan knows that the relative home and away strengths of teams tend to vary a fair amount over longer periods of time. 59ce067264