The Cairo qima
(summit) derby between Ahly and Zamalek will be held on 29 June as scheduled, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced following a meeting with Interior Minister Mansour El-Essawi. The presidents of Ahly and Zamalek, Hassan Hamdy and Galal Ibrahim, were also present.
“We demand supporters of the two sides, technical staffs and media to stick to sportsmanship and to prove to the world that Egypt is the country of security,” read a statement on the EFA's official website on behalf of all parties at the meeting.
The Cairo derby is the most popular match in Egypt and could prove to be the title-decider in the Egyptian Premier League this season with the Red Devils of Ahly leading the table, two points ahead of their arch-rivals.
The upcoming match had aroused concerns over possible hooliganism, especially after the recent spate of riots and pitch invasions witnessed in Egyptian stadiums that forced the Interior Ministry to threaten to cancel the domestic championship or hold the matches behind closed doors.