Egypt 2-0  England
Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Nick
Matthew 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (34m)
Ali Farag 3-0 James
11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)
Marwan Elshorbagy v Daryl Selby
England reached the final for the ninth time since 1983
in comfortable style and presented a line-up for the final
boasting three players with more than 300 international caps
between them - probably the most experienced team ever to
represent the country in the 50 years of the tournament!
By contrast the four-man Egyptian squad only included
one player who had ever competed in the championship before
- yet the three-man team in the final all had rankings within
the world top five!
NICK ON ONE LEG
the agreed playing order being 1, 2, 3, title-holders England
presented three-time world champion Nick Matthew, the
37-year-old world No.6 appearing in the event for the seventh
time since 2003, to face 26-year-old world No.4 Karim Abdel
Gawad, a championship debutant.
Matthew was clearly not the player who despatched Australian
number one Ryan Cuskelly in straight games just 24 hours
earlier. The Yorkshireman was forced to take a three-minute
'self-inflicted injury break' midway through the second game -
and it later transpired that he had suffered a minor recurrence
of his old ankle injury during the warm-up for the match.
After just 34 minutes, Egypt took the lead when Gawad claimed an
11-9, 11-3, 11-7 victory.
number two Ali Farag was also making his debut in the
final - while English opponent James Willstrop was not
only celebrating his fifth successive World Team Championship
battle against an Egyptian opponent since 2003, but also his
156th cap for his country.
Former world number one Willstrop, 34, did what he could to keep
his 24-year-old opponent at bay.
But Farag was clearly on a mission and after 36 minutes clasped
his face in his hands as he celebrated his championship-winning
11-5, 11-9, 11-5 triumph.
word big is an understatement - it is much bigger than big!
"I felt I had the whole Egyptian squash community on my
shoulders. I wanted to make them proud.
"Four years ago, I was still at college. I remember watching the
final - it was a dream of mine to wear the Egyptian shirt.
"Winning the US Open with my wife Nour was very special, of
course - but, because this was for Egypt, I can say it is the
highlight of my career."
"It says a lot about how much he values the team that Ramy, our
captain, was happy to leave the team selection to our coach and
not play tonight.
"We will celebrate for just tonight then get back to work to
prepare for next week's PSA World Championship."
"It was in January 2015 that I was told I needed surgery on my
ankle - as a result of which I changed my whole life around: I
changed everything on the back of that - my training, my diet,
"The way I played in the semis against Australia was some of the
best squash I've played this season. But I felt a twinge during
the warm up. The manner of my defeat gave them the momentum
going into the second match.
"But I don't want to overshadow their dominant form tonight.
"They were quality opponents tonight - especially Ali against
"We knew we had the experience and we hoped that would carry us
through, but I didn't quite get into the match.
"We felt we had more to give. We were playing guys at the
pinnacle of their careers. We wanted to push them to their
absolute limits - we knew we had the best opportunity now before
they dominate for perhaps the next decade.
"But we're proud that we are still second best in the world."
I'm sorry for Nick, it's such bad
luck as he got injured in the warm up. I just hope it's not too
serious just before the World Open.
Nick is such a great ambassador for our sport, he was playing on
the tour for about 10 years before I came on the Tour, I'm not
saying he is old!!! I'm saying he's got a great experience and
it was very tough always to play him.
"I am very proud of the Team and proud of the way we handled and
managed every match.
"I loved the team spirit and it feels amazing to be the world
champions and bring the title back to Egypt ...
Saturday 2nd December
 Egypt 2-0  Hong Kong
Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Tsz Fung Yip Scores: 11-3,
8-11, 11-4, 11-7 (39m)
Karim Abdel Gawad 3-2 Max
Lee 11-9, 7-11, 12-10,
7-11, 11-7 (67m)
Ali Farag v Leo Au
It was tough. I mean, it was really really tough.
The team order was 3 1 2. And we started with Marwan. At 1/1, it
was tight of course, but Marwan delivered, he just stayed
focused, and played very serious accurate squash. He did it, and
But the match between Karim and Max was even tighter. It wasn't
easy in any way, shape or form, it was a good test for us. Hong
Kong proved today that yesterday was no fluke, that they
deserved to beat France: they are good athletes, they made some
unbelievable pick up, again and again, long rallies, it was
We didn't play the last match, Ali was not keen to play, so we
did a practice.
A good night of rest now, then practice at 9am, then a last
meeting where we will decide the best team to play in the final
Inshallah. England is England! All three players are very
experienced. We have to prepare ourselves for them! I hope we
will get revenge for our defeat in 2013.
It's always very important to take a good start, so I'm really
happy to get a good start for the team. Hopefully, Karim can
take the next point and win his match.
Yip played a great match against Castagnet yesterday, so I was
mentally very prepared, our coach Ashraf Hanafi prepared me very
well mentally for the match.
It's amazing, we have the whole support of the federation here,
it's amazing for us, and hopefully we can bring the title to
course, that was far from easy.
I have played with Max the firs time in Qatar the Worlds in
2014, he beat me there, then we played two more times I won but,
each time, it was a big battle, 3/1, 3/2. It's not an easy game
playing against Max. Plus the presure...
Hong Kong had a great result yesterday, they played really well,
so it was a very big test for us today. We are really happy to
qualify for the final and I'm very glad I won today.
Friday 1st December
 Egypt 3-0  Scotland
Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0
Alan Clyne 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)
Ramy Ashour 3-0 Kevin Moran
11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (24m)
Marwan Elshorbagy 2-0 Greg
Lobban 11-7, 11-8 (25m)
We are doing well, and we are feeling good. Today, after the
Scotland match, I did a very long training session with Ali on
the glass court as he didn't play in the Scotland match.
All the players are ready for the match tomorrow, and we were
watching the quarters between France and Hong Kong. That was a
surprise, and we will think and prepare our team for tomorrow.
The atmosphere is good and they are fine, we are ready.
A dramatic quarter-final day in
Marseille, although it started calmly enough as top seeds Egypt
and England won through to the semi-finals with 3-0 wins.
The drama came in the evening as fourth seeds Australia came
from a match down to deny neighbours New Zealand, while Hong
Kong were busy pulling off the upset of all upsets, coming from
a match down to beat France in their own backyard
Karim Abdel Gawad gave top seeds Egypt the lead as he took
three well-contested games against Alan Clyne. The Scot battled
back from 6-10 down in the first before Gawad took the lead
12-10, and was in contention up to 6-all in the next two games
before the Egyptian accelerated away.
"It was important to get the win to put the team ahead,"
said Gawad, "you can't afford to drop concentration against
Alan, like you saw in the first he'll always come back given the
chance. Glad to get through and hopefully the team can win ..."
In a similar fashion to England's match, the match war
wrapped up quickly as Ramy Ashour raced through the first
game then held off Kevin Moran's improvement.
"We've been taking this seriously from the first day,"
said Ashour, "we have a great squad, great team management
and great team spirit. There's pressure, yes, but we're enjoying
it and looking to go through to the final."
Thursday 30th November
 Egypt 3-0  Finland
Ali Farag 3-0 Jami
11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (25m)
Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Miko
Aijanen 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (41m)
Marwan Elshorbagy 2-0 Matias
11-6, 11-3 (16m)
Tuesday 28th November
Group A: Egypt v Switzerland (GC)
Ali Farag 3-1 Dimitri
Steinmann 11-3, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7 (36m)
Ramy Ashour 3-0 Roman
Allinckx 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0 Reiko
Peter 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
Wednesday 29th November
Monday 27th November
Egypt 3-0 Pakistan
Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0 Ammad Fareed 11-4, 11-5,
Ali Farag 3-0 Shahjahan Khan 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (30m)
Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Farhan Zaman 11-7, 13-11,
7-11, 11-4 (29m)
"We would have preferred to play opponents like Pakistan in the
second match - it's a pity that such a great squash battle
happened on the first day. We don't know their players - but we
knew they'd be dangerous. It was a tough draw for Pakistan.
"The most important thing for us is the team spirit - I know we
have a lot of stars in our team, and it's important to respect
that," added the former British Open O35 champion.
"We lost our title four years ago and we want to win it back."
training for the Pharaohs...