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Egypt's Ahly to be boosted by fans against ASEC

'This is another step forward towards the full return of spectators to Egyptian stadiums,' Ahly official reveals

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2016
Martin Jol
Martin Jol, coach of Egypt's Al Ahly (Reuters)
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Egyptian club Ahly have received security confirmations that they can allow fifteen thousand fans to attend their CAF Champions' League group stage against Ivory Coast's ASEC Mimosas Abidjan on 28 June.

"Ahly is thankful to Alexandria's security leaders after they have insured that Borg El-Arab’s stadium gates will be open from 3 PM, six hours before the game,” the club’s executive-manger Sherin Shams stated on their official website on Monday.

"A private security company will be in charge of the stands," Shams revealed, while confirming that "this match will be another step forward towards the full return of spectators to Egyptian stadiums."

Fans have been barred from watching football matches from the stands since a series of security disasters left scores dead in recent years.

Ahly, who are bidding for their ninth Champions League trophy, lost their group stage opener on Wednesday 3-2 away against Zambia's ZESCO United.

Four days before the continental clash, the Cairo giants will be in a tough test domestically when they meet bitter rivals Ismaily in a game that could decide the title before the season's last game against holders Zamalek.

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