Cairo Hell Hounds Win First Egyptian Bowl title

Yes, believe it or not they do play American-style football in Egypt.  That’s right.  The country with the Pyramids.  They actually played Egypt’s version of the Super Bowl this weekend:


Cairo Hell Hounds Claim First Egyptian Bowl Title


Cairo Hell Hounds 12, Cairo Wolves 0

The Hell Hounds capped an undefeated season by shutting out the Wolves 12-0 to capture Egyptian Bowl IV, earning their first Egyptian National Football League title.

With the win, the Hounds broke the three-year title stranglehold of the GUC Eagles. The Hell Hounds beat the Eagles once during the regular season and again in the playoffs to reach the final.

The Hell Hounds entered the game riding a season-long unbeaten streak but faced a much tougher Wolves team than expected. The Hell Hounds were led by quarterback Matthew Kershey who threw two touchdown passes to Abdelraouf Hassan while the defense kept the Wolves off the scoreboard.

Kershey is a veteran of International American Football finishing his sixth season overseas.  His first season was with the Kraljevo Royal Crowns in Serbia’s first division in 2013.  He has also played in Russia, Germany, France and Poland.  He played in 2017 for the Moscow Bruins.  Kershey is originally from Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lackawanna Junior College and Westmoreland College.

Final Standings:

  • East
    • MSA Tigers (3-2-0)
    • Cairo Wolves (3-2-0)
    • Cairo Warriors (1-4-0)
    • Gezira Thunder (0-5-0)
  • West
    • Cairo Hell Hounds (5-0-0)
    • GUC Eagles (4-1-0)
    • Cairo Bears (3-2-0)
    • AUC Titans (1-4-0)
  • Playoffs:
    • Cairo Hell Hounds 14, GUC Eagles 10
    • Cairo Wolves 27, MSA Tigers 6

The Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) is the governing body of the sport of American Football in Egypt, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Egyptian Federation of American football (EFAF) owns and operates American Football Leagues in Egypt; tackle and flag, including players, coaches, officials and administrators.

Since being founded in 2014, EFAF has firmly planted itself on solid ground. It started the Egyptian National Football League (ENFL): an organized men’s league with three successfully concluded seasons. EFAF also collaborated with American Football without Barriers (AFWB), the non-profit spearheaded by Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns and Breno Giacomini of the New York Jets – at the time – to organize a four-day camp with professional football players in Egypt that included a coaching clinic as well as players’ camps for juniors as well as more advanced players.

EFAF also organized the first ever international club-level match between the Cairo Wolves and the Amman Barracudas (Jordan) in early 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Maadi, which the Cairo Wolves won 40-20. And to continue its series of achievements, EFAF successfully organized the first ever flag football league for women in Africa and the Middle East, the Egyptian Flag Football League (EFFL) which had about 100 participating athletes in three teams.

EFAF has also succeeded in drawing several professional American coaches, leading to 4 out of the league’s 6 men’s teams having American coaches in the 2016 season. The 2016/2017 ENFL season also saw the appearance of import players on the American football scene: Foreign players who come to Egypt to play football under contract. Three teams had import players in the 2017 season. EFAF has been organizing officiating courses to increase the pool of local talent that is able to understand and apply the rules of the sport.

EFAF is currently composed of 8 affiliated teams, with more than 800 registered members. EFAF is a socially responsible organization seeking the expansion, popularization, and development of American Football in Egypt.

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