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Egypt Cup matches postponed indefinitely: EFA official

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 26 Feb 2019
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This week's Egypt Cup matches have been postponed indefinitely for security reasons, the head of competitions committee at the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Amer Hussein announced on Tuesday.

Zamalek were supposed to face Maqassa on Wednesday in the quarter finals of Egypt's secondary domestic competition, while Ahly was firmly rejecting to face Pyramids FC on Thursday in a match in the round of 16.

"Security authorities intervened at the right time after the recent tension. They received reports of a possible riot because of recent crisis," Hussein explained to an Egyptian radio station.

"I don't know the new dates of these matches," he added.

A war of words has raged between Ahly, Pyramids FC and EFA since the football association's decision to replace Wednesday's Ahly-Pyramids league match with a cup one.

Ahly firmly opposed the amendments to the previously prepared schedule, stressing that all possibilities were open including withdrawal from the cup, while the other two parties were sticking to playing the match on time.

On the other side, Zamalek said via their official website that they are opposing the postponement of Wednesday's match.

Ahly are currently third in the Egyptian league standings with 48 points, the same as Pyramids, who sit in second place on goal difference but have played three more games, while Zamalek occupy the top spot with 52 points, having played the same games as Ahly.

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