Wednesday Feb 19, 2020. 15:00
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has confirmed that next week’s league derby between Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek will go ahead as scheduled.
Reports in the Egyptian media had suggested that the match would be postponed, coming just four days after the teams meet in Abu Dhabi on Thursday 20 February for the Egyptian Super Cup final.
With crunch first-leg quarterfinal matches in the CAF Champions League to follow next weekend, it was assumed that the league derby would be postponed to give both teams extra preparation time.
Zamalek host Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis on Friday 28 February, while the following day sees Ahly welcome South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
“The EFA did not even discuss the possibility of postponing the match,” said EFA representative Mohamed Fadl, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“There is no reason to change the game’s date and we have already got the approval of security bodies to hold the match as scheduled.”
Fadl also said the game would be played behind closed doors, as has been the case in recent years, although there were some exceptions such as the last edition of the Super Cup when 10,000 supporters were allowed to attend the match.