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Sunday, 30 January 2022

It’s Egypt vs. Morocco today at 5pm in Afcon + The Afterparty is a fun murder mystery that changes genre + Jerks At Work — do we need to say more?


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Tiffany Haddish delivers a genuine performance as a detective in Apple TV+’s The Afterparty: The show is created by Chris Miller, who also produced the series with his longtime collaborator, Phil Lord. The duo is the same one that’s behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the 21 Jump Street movies. The Afterparty is set in the aftermath of a high school reunion party where the host and pop star (played by Dave Franco) fell to his death. The audience follows Tiffany Haddish as she investigates the group of partygoers and with each retelling of events, the series changes genre from action to musical to rom-com. Haddish opted out of reading ahead in the scripts, giving the guessing game a more genuine feel as she tries to figure out who the real murderer is in each episode right along with the audience, writes the Wall Street Journal. New episodes drop every Friday — you can check out the trailer here: (watch, runtime: 02:37).

Egypt is facing off against Morocco in today’s Afcon quarter-final clash, which kicks off at 5pm. The Pharaohs booked their place in the last eight on Wednesday by inching past Côte d’Ivoire via a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw. The game was another unconvincing performance from Egypt, who has only scored twice this tournament but managed to keep clean sheets for three consecutive games thanks to a stable defense.

Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi has promised each player a “reward” if we manage to beat Morocco as a way to motivate them to bring their A game to today’s match, the ministry’s spokesperson said on TV, reports KingFut.

Tonight’s match could also decide the fate of Al Ahly: The club could be forced to play their first fixture in FIFA’s Club World Cup in the UAE on 5 February without six of the team’s best players, who will be busy playing for the Pharaohs should they advance, Reuters notes.

The victors of tonight’s match will face Cameroon — who knocked Gambia out of the tournament in a 2-0 victory yesterday’s match.

Meanwhile, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea will play their quarter-final Afcon match at 9pm.

Egypt’s Pyramids FC announced the signing of Burkina Faso midfielder Blati Toure immediately after the end of the latter's meeting with Tunisia in Afcon yesterday. Toure was given the Player of the Match award for the second time in a row and the third overall during the current tournament. The 27-year-old has previously played for several clubs in Spain, France, and Portugal.

The Egyptian League Cup is up and running as we dispatch: There are three matches that kicked off at 2pm: El Masry versus Eastern Company, Pyramids versus El Makassa, and Al Ahly versus National Bank.


Lotus sahlab, balah el sham, and… chicken teriyaki? Bosco has it all: The restaurant, located in Heliopolis and New Cairo, is bringing the winter warmth with a special menu that has balah el sham and a selection of sahlab — both of which we tried, and both of which were commendable. On a warmer day, Bosco is also a great place to grab a deliciously cooked meal with big portions. They have everything from sandwiches, pastas, and main courses to savory and sweet feteer. We really liked their chicken teriyaki, chicken pesto mozzarella, and cajun shrimp pasta. For appetizers, we like to try a bit of everything so the sampler platter didn’t disappoint. End the meal on a sweet note with their cream and halawa feteer or their cookie dough skillet.


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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra is on stage tonight at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm to perform their Strings Masterpieces concert.

It’s game night today at Medrar, featuring retro game consoles from the 80s and 90s, PC and Arduino games, and even a few newer VR games. The event runs from 6-10pm.


Read this hilarious guide on how to manage Jerks at Work, courtesy of social psychologist Tessa West who has spent years finding solutions to intrapersonal conflicts in the workplace. She outlines the seven most common toxic people you’ll find at work and details each one’s inner workings and weak points to be able to interact with (or stop them in their tracks) when necessity dictates. These include the kiss up, the gaslighter, the bulldozer (won’t let anyone else get a chance to talk), and the freerider. The book has good tips and acts as a playbook if really needed, but it’s also a hilarious read as West pokes fun at nearly everything in her very realistic depiction of modern office politics.

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