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Football | Egypt

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Caf delays Al Ahly, Zamalek derby



The Confederation of African Football have delayed the Egyptian derby between Zamalek and Al Ahly in the opening round of the African Champions League group stage till next Monday.

The Egyptian giants were supposed to meet on Sunday in El Gouna city 500 Kilometers from Cairo for security reasons.

Zamalek said in statement " CAF sent us formal approval to play the game in El Gouna despite this stadium not being on our stadium list for this tournament. However they decided to delay the match for 24 hours for marketing reasons".

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior had refused earlier to secure the game in Cairo or Alexandria before Zamalek picked El Gouna as a third alternative.

Helmy Tolan the head coach of Zamalek said after the CAF decision :" We have to accept the new date for the match and we will now travel to El Gouna on Friday instead of Thursday".

The Egyptian officials did not reveal if they will allow fans to attend the game or not.

Meanwhile Al Ahly fans "Ultra Ahlawy" and Zamalek fans "Ultra White Knights" have announced that they are both ready to help the police forces to secure the game for the first time in a long while.

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