Adam has represented Egypt and USA - and he's been a coach in the Partille Cup
Adam El-Zoghby was one of the most well-known coaches during this year's edition of the Partille Cup.
New Giza Handball Academy's U11 team traveled all the way from Egypt to participate in the Partille Cup. The coach of the team was Adam El-Zoghby. And maybe you recognize his name? He has played senior international matches for both Egypt and USA.
Adam El-Zoghby grew up in Cairo and played between 2007 and 2021 for four professional clubs in Egypt.
– I played for Maadi Club until last year. Now I play for an amateur club in the USA. I'm 36 years old. I'm still young, he says with a smile.
In 2001, he made his debut for Egypt's junior national team, of which he later became the team captain. Among other things, he got to participate in several Junior World Championships. Between 2005 and 2008, he played for the senior national team. He then switched to USA's national team.
– I have dual citizenship, so I could switch. I was born in the USA and about ten years ago I got the chance to play for the senior national team of USA. I have represented USA since 2010. It was a good opportunity for me to help develop the sport in the United States. It's so much fun, says Adam El-Zoghby, who was born in New York in April 1986.
We met Adam after one of New Giza Handball Academy's matches at Kviberg during the Partille Cup. He has attended coaching courses and is now a coach for the club's B11 team.
– We have so much fun. I have been here twice before with the Egyptian national team. That was back in 2004 and 2006. Now I got the chance to be here with our young boys in the New Giza Handball Academy. It's the first time the children play international matches. Everyone is happy and it's a good experience for everyone, says Adam El-Zoghby.
They didn't win any games in the tournament, but they weren't too disappointed. The kids loved the experience.
– The most important thing is that the children can have fun and gain new experiences. That's the whole point of the tournament. The players have only been playing handball for a year and a half. It's a new club and the players are very young. The youngest are only eight years old. We have fun and learn a lot during the Partille Cup. Hopefully, we will come back stronger next year, says the national team player.