Egyptian National Football League kicked off 8th season

The Egyptian National Football League kicked off its eighth season last Friday in a heated first week where the Cairo Hellhounds and MSA Tigers displayed their skill and strength on both offense and defense.

The defending champions, the Cairo Hellhounds, earned an impressive win over the ZED Jaguars who are playing their first season. In the other matchup, the Tigers dominated the Cairo Bears to capture their first win.

Cairo Hellhounds 48 – ZED Jaguars 0

The Hounds’ offense kicked off the game with their local quarterback Omar Hatem tossing a touchdown pass to Ziad Ammar. But it was Cairo’s defense that was the real star of the first half earning back-to-back touchdowns on turnovers, the first by El Hassan Mourad who returned a fumble all the way and the second on a pick six by import Michael Tex.

Photo: Omar Attallah

During the second half, import quarterback John Holloway led the Hounds’ offense and scored 21 points throwing for two touchdowns, one each to Haitham Abdelwarith and Omar Hashem while rushing for the third.

While the Jaguars’ lack of experience may be a factor in their offenses’ struggle to move the ball, the Hounds also put extra pressure with their top-notch defense and their import linebacker Michael Tex who was named MVP of the game.

The Jaguars still have many chances to catch up during the season, and the Hounds’ earned PD will be a great asset down the road.

MSA Tigers 21 – Cairo Bears 2

In the second game of the week, the MSA Tigers earned an impressive win over the Cairo Bears in a tough matchup which the Tigers dominated with a 21-2 score.

Photo: Omar Attallah

The Bears’ defense put points on the board early with a two-point safety to get an early lead, but that was their only score of the game. The Tigers’ offense, led by import quarterback Craig Coffman, was able to excel scoring two passing touchdowns to Hussam Mohamed and Abdelraouf Hassan.

The Tigers’ defense was nothing short of outstanding, not only stopping their competitor from scoring, but barely allowing them to move the ball at all. The Bears, who are known to be a tough competitor and who did compete in the Egyptian Bowl last season, struggled with both their passing and running game earning only 25 passing yards and four rushing yards for the entire game. Meanwhile, the Tigers defense put on a show recording four tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and a pick six by Fady Ayman.

Photo: Omar Attallah

Tigers’ linebacker Mohamed Arabi earned himself a well-deserved MVP title.

It’s pretty obvious that the Tigers are hungry for this season’s title, while the Bears to show their known talent.

By Maram Ahmad