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Ahly urge fan attendance in CAF Super Cup game

Ahly have asked Egyptian security to break the crowd ban and allow fans to attend the African Super Cup game against Tunisian side Sfaxien in February

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 26 Jan 2014
File photo: Egypt's Ahly Players celebrate winning their African Champions League (CAF) after their final soccer match against Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis at the Rades stadium in Tunis (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahly's management has expressed fears that a current ban on fan attendance will force next month's CAF Super Cup to be relocated outside of Egypt.

Ahly is set to play Tunisian side Sfaxien on 22 February at Cairo Stadium.

The match will be played behind closed doors, however, with no fans allowed inside, due to heightened security concerns in the country, as well as an ongoing crowd ban imposed after violent clashes at a Port Said stadium in 2012 in which over 70 Ahly fans were killed following a league game against Masry.

However, Ahly football director Hady Kashaba told Ahram's Arabic news website on Sunday that he was concerned CAF may order the Super Cup game to be played outside of Egypt if security officials refuse to allow fans to attend the game.

Ahly has asked Egyptian security to attend the match to prevent it being moved elsewhere.

"We hope the CAF Super Cup game will be played at Cairo Stadium, as it's a big game and will witness the attendance of CAF members," Kashaba said.

The match is hotly contested, with both sides champions in their own right. Ahly won the African Champions League title in November after beating South Africa's Orlando. Sfaxien also won the Confederation Cup title after beating TP Mazembe of DR Congo.

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