Excitement mounts in Egypt’s ENFL as Cairo Wolves, MSA Tigers notch wins
Week 4 of the Egyptian National Football League – ENFL17 – saw the Wolves take on a Bears team that was looking for its first win.
The Tigers faced the Hell Hounds in what was their only chance at making the playoffs and making it to the Egyptian Bowl.
Cairo Wolves 34 – 6 Cairo Bears
The Wolves took on the Bears, with this win being important for both teams: The Bears were still looking for a first win and the Wolves needed to finish their last game of the regular season with a bang to secure their position in the standings.
The Wolves offense brought their A-game with 5 TDs, 4 rushing TDs by running backs Kendall Owens and Mohey El Derby and 1 rushing TD by quarterback Moaz Sabah. The Wolves defence also had a great game with 13 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions, thereby effectively neutralizing the Bears offense.
The Bears offense scored 1 rushing TD by quarterback Shady El Kadry, while the defence recorded a total of 10 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
MVP for Game 1 goes to Cairo Wolves’ Kendall Owens. Owens delivered his usual great performance, once again being the key factor in his team’s win. Owens had 173 rushing yards for a total of 3 TDs at 10.81 yards per carry, securing seven first downs for the Wolves. Defensively, Owens had one fumble recovery.
MSA Tigers 29 – 27 Cairo Hell Hounds
In what turned out to be one of the most intense, nail-biting games of the season, the Tigers took on the Hellhounds, both eager for a win that can more or less secure their team a better chance at reaching the playoffs: The following week, the Hounds will play the so-far undefeated Eagles and the Tigers will play the Bears, with the Hounds being 1-1 and the Tigers being 0-2 up to their matchup. Therefore, this win was crucial for the Tigers to stay in the competition and for the Hounds to secure a spot in the playoffs.
The game was incredibly close to the finish, both teams battled it out on the grass and gave it their all with the Tigers finally coming out on top thanks to a 2-point conversion.
The Hounds offense had 1 running TD by quarterback Youssef Hamed, 1 receiving TD by running back Ashraf Mohamed.
The Hounds defence also had a great game, with an interception for 50 yards which translated into a TD by defensive back Sherif Yossry, and a fumble recovery TD by defensive end Amr Shawky, the fumble was due to a punt block by the Hounds defence. Hounds defense also had 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 more fumble recoveries and 2 deflections. Defensive back ElHassan Hussain had a great game with 5 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
The Tigers offense also scored 4 TDs, 1 receiving TD by Hussam Tarek and 2 by Mohammed Ezzo and 1 rushing TD by long-time defensive end, first-time running back Mohamed Arabi. The Tigers actually won the game thanks to 2 two-point conversion runs by Arabi. Running back Loai El Damanhoury also had a great game with 183 all-purpose yards (125 rushing yards at 6.94 yard per carry, 29 receiving and 29 return yards).
The Tigers defence also had a total 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 2 deflections.
MVP for Game 2 goes to MSA Tigers’ defensive end Mohamed Arabi. Arabi showed qualities of a great leader on the field, getting his teammates fired up to secure the win against the Hellhounds. Defensively, Arabi had 1 sack and 1 interception. Surprisingly, Arabi also had a great impact on the Tigers offense in his first ever game as running back, punching in a total 72 rushing yards, 3 incredibly crucial first downs for his team, 1 TD and 2 heart-stopping conversions that ended up putting his team in the lead.
Final week of regular season looming
Next week will be the final week of the regular season as the Hellhounds take on the Eagles. All the Eagles have to do to secure the number 1 spot, skip the playoff stage and go straight to the Egyptian Bowl is either win or lose by a small margin, but another important factor would be maintaining their undefeated streak.
The Tigers will be taking on the Bears. The Bears have one last chance to secure a win this season while the Tigers’ only shot at the playoffs depends on the Eagles beating the Hounds and their own ability to beat the Bears with a bit score difference to make up for the Hounds’ larger point differential to jump ahead in the standings and make it to the playoffs. It is going to be an exciting week indeed!