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Ahly reject schedule change as Egyptian league crises mount

Karim Farouk , Saturday 9 Feb 2019
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The ongoing saga over the Egyptian Premier League schedule is gaining momentum after Ahly rejected on Saturday all the proposals made by the Egyptian Football Association to make adjustments, following complaints from rivals Zamalek and Pyramids FC.

The EFA held a meeting on Wednesday after Pyramids FC and Zamalek threatened to withdraw from their upcoming matches until Ahly play all their delayed matches.

The Red Devils have had a host of games postponed as they had a very busy schedule playing in the African Champions League and the Arab Cup of Champions.

“We will stick to playing our games according to the current schedule that was set by the EFA on 8 January. Nobody complained then and we didn’t ask for any exceptions although we are playing every 72 hours and losing many players due to injuries,” Ahly said in a statement on Saturday following an urgent board meeting.

Zamalek are top of the table with 45 points, followed by Pyramids FC with 42 points and Ahly with 39 points. But while Pyramids have played all their 21 games, Ahly and Zamalek have played three fewer.

The Red Devils have also decided to file a complaint with the Confederation of African Football and the Egyptian Olympic Committee because of the attendance of Zamalek’s president at Wednesday’s EFA meeting, despite his being banned from all sporting activities by bodies for abusive behaviour towards officials.

Arab competition boycott

Ahly have also decided to boycott future Arab competitions after the fallout with Turki Al-Sheikh, the president of the Arab Federation.

Al-Sheikh was a supporter of Mahmoud Al-Khattib during his candidacy campaign last year and was named honorary president of Ahly, but later had differences with the board that led to a rift.

He has been engaged in a war of words with the board in recent months.

“The board under the presidency of Mahmoud Al-Khattib has decided to boycott all Arab competitions due to the repetitive abuses from the current president of the Arab Federation towards Ahly’s board, its members and its fans,” the statement read.

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