Tuesday Jun 01, 2021. 17:00
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has reassured fans that they have no plans to cancel the current Egyptian Premier League season and will strive to wrap up the 2020-21 campaign by the end of August.
This follows reports in Egyptian media that fixture congestion could cause the cancellation of the remainder of the season, while log leaders Zamalek have threatened a boycott if rivals and nearest chasers Al Ahly do not play their games in hand.
Most teams in the Premier League have played 24 or 25 matches (with 34 rounds in a full season), but Ahly and Pyramids – the teams still involved in African club competition – have played just 19 and 21 respectively.
The programme for the duo to catch is up is complicated by them playing two-legged semifinal ties in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup later this month, as well as the issue of the Olympic Games in late July and early August, which will see the Premier League suspended while Egypt sends an U-23 team to participate in the Men’s Football tournament in Tokyo.
EFA board members held a meeting on Monday, with boss Ahmed Megahed confirming they are doing their best to complete the current season of the Egyptian top flight.
“There are expectations that the League could be finished before the end of August,” Megahed said in a statement, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“The Egyptian Premier League teams promised to help the EFA finish the League early to give a chance for the participants to have a break before starting the new season.”
The Premier League is currently dormant due to international fixtures, but is set to resume in two weeks’ time.