Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Egypt

League kick off set for December



Egypt will finally kick off their delayed football season on December 15, ending a 10-month hiatus of domestic action in Africa's most successful nation since the Port Said Stadium disaster earlier this year, the local football association said.

A statement followed a Thursday meeting between the Egyptian FA and premier league clubs desperate to get their season underway after an abortive attempt in September.

The decision was made without the involvement of the Egyptian government, who had senior ministers hold talks with the football association last week over security concerns.

There has been no league football in Egypt since the start of February, when a riot at a match between Al Masry and visiting Al Ahli led to 74 deaths.

Three days of national mourning were declared after the disaster and protesters in Cairo chanted slogans against the police and Egypt's military rulers.

The 2011-12 season was cancelled and an attempt to get a new campaign underway in September was aborted when protesting fans damaged the FA headquarters in Cairo.

Fanatical supporters of Al Ahli, known as 'ultras', did not want matches resumed until those they felt were responsible for the Port Said deaths had been prosecuted.

It is likely the new season will be sped up by dividing the teams into two groups to limit fixtures and then have a playoff competition in May to decide the title.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref Moss was right to banish Jose
Referee Jon Moss recently banished Manchester United and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Wenger will take the point
The last time Arsenal were as poor as they were this weekend at Old Trafford was in Robin van...

Segun Odegbami
The next African Player of the Year!
The award ceremony for the 2016 Best African Player of the Year comes up in January in Nigeria, but...

Sunday Oliseh
Why no love for Leipzig?
With 12 German Bundesliga league games played, this team has now won nine matches, drawn three,...