Sherif Ashraf

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Sherif Ashraf
Personal information
Full name Sherif Ashraf Hamid Oqila
Date of birth (1987-01-01) January 1, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Alexandria, Egypt
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Zamalek 53 (14)
2010–2012 El Gouna 26 (9)
2012–2013 HJK 8 (0)
2012 FF Jaro (loan) 7 (3)
2013 Haras El-Hodood 7 (2)
2013–2014 FC Biel-Bienne 9 (2)
2014–2015 El Gouna 12 (7)
2015–2016 El Mokawloon 11 (2)
2016-2017 El-Entag El-Harby
2017- Jeddah
National team
2004–2006 Egypt U17 15 (10)
2006–2008 Egypt U20 30 (16)
2012– Egypt 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 January 2013[1]

Sherif Ashraf Hamid Oqila (Arabic: شريف أشرف حامد عقيلة‎‎ ; born on 1 January 1987) is an Egyptian international footballer who played for Saudi Club Jeddah. He is known as a prolific goalscorer and is renowned for his mastery of set pieces.

Club career[edit]

Al-Ahly youth academy[edit]

He is a graduate of the Al-Ahly youth academy.[2] He was the top scorer in the history of the Egyptian youth league for seven seasons after scoring over 280 goals. He was close to transfer to Belgian giants Standard Liège together with his team-mate Mohamed El Shenawy, however El-Ahly management interfered with the transfer.[3] He became known as a machine scorer when he scored 70 goals in the season 2006–2007, and was transferred to his club's arch rivals Zamalek as a free agent after not signing a professional contract with Al-Ahly. Al-Ahly later claimed that Ashraf had signed a contract but the paperwork turned out to be forged. As a result, the Egyptian Football Association placed a 50,000 Egyptian Pounds fine on Al-Ahly.[4]

Zamalek SC[edit]

Ashraf was the top scorer in his team in the season 2008–2009 with 6 goals. In the Egyptian Premier League he wore number 32 but in 2009-2010 he shifted his shirt number to 4.[5]

El Gouna FC[edit]

In 2010, he signed for El Gouna FC for a transfer fee worth 125,000 Euros, despite his expiring contract with Zamalek.[6] He finished his first season as the team's top-scorer followed by Ahmed Hassan Farag.

HJK Helsinki[edit]

In order to regain match fitness because the league was postponed in Egypt, he signed for HJK Helsinki in March 2012, also citing as a reason his desire to attempt a breakthrough in European football.[7][8] On April 26, 2012, Ashraf made his debut for HJK Helsinki against Jaro in a Quarter final Suomen Cup game. On May 9, 2012, Ashraf scored his debut goal with the club with a header from a corner kick to make the score 1-0 for his club against FC KooTeePee in the semi-final of the Suomen Cup.

FF Jaro[edit]

On September 4, 2012, Ashraf was loaned out to Veikkausliiga side FF Jaro for the remainder of the season. He scored 3 important goals in the final 3 games of the season and assisted 4 times. He scored his debut goal against JJK. His second and third goals for the club were both historic. He scored the fastest goal in the league's history (11 seconds) in a 3-3 draw with Mariehamn, and the third was the winning goal against TPS, the goal which kept Jaro in the Veikkausliiga for another season. Sherif was selected in the Veikkausliiga October team of the month.

Haras El-Hodood[edit]

On February 26, 2013, despite an offer from FF Jaro, he joined Haras El-Hodood until the end of the 2012-2013 season.

FC Biel-Bienne[edit]

On July 18, 2013, Sherif Ashraf made a quick comeback to European football joining Swiss Challenge League side FC Biel-Bienne. He took the league by storm, scoring 4 goals in his first 117 minutes on the pitch.


In early 2014, Ashraf made a surprise move back to Egypt, signing a short-term deal at El Gouna FC. He scored his first goal after less than 15 minutes on the field. In summer 2014, he renewed his contract at the club.

El-Mokawloon and El-Entag El-Harby[edit]

Despite strong performances from Ashraf, El-Gouna's relegation meant that he had to leave the club. He chose El Mokawloon SC in August 2015. After managerial changes, he moved on loan to El-Entag El-Harby SC in January 2016, making his debut against El Mokawloon.

International career[edit]

International Call-Ups[edit]

Ashraf's performances caught the attention of the Egyptian National Team, who gave him his first senior national call-up in the friendly match against Georgia [9]

Correct as of 14 January 2013

# Date Venue Opponent Competition
1. 14 November 2012 Tblisi, Georgia  Georgia Friendly
2. 28 December 2012 Doha, Qatar  Qatar Friendly
3. 10 January 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE  Ghana Friendly
4. 14 January 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE  Ivory Coast Friendly


with Zamalek[edit]

with HJK Helsinki[edit]


  1. ^ 2005: Europe extend Meridian domination
  2. ^ Sherif Ashraf
  3. ^ "Standard Liège wants Ashraf & El Shenawy". Al-Masry Al-Youm. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  4. ^ "FA fines El-Ahly". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  5. ^ "IMscouting player to watch "Sherif Ashraf"". Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  6. ^ "Sherif Ashraf moves to El Gouna for a million pounds". Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  7. ^ "HJK negotiates with Sherif Ashraf". Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Sherif Ashraf to join a Finnish team". Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  9. ^ "Ashraf surprise choice for Georgia match". Retrieved 2012-10-31.