Egypt's clash against Tunisia to take place at Cairo's Air Defence Stadium

Ahram Online, Friday 5 Sep 2014

Egypt will face Tunisia on 10 September in their second African Cup of Nations qualifier

Cairo's Air Defence Stadium will host Egypt's second African Cup of Nations qualifier against North African rivals Tunisia, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Friday.

The match will be played at the army-owned stadium on Wednesday. The EFA said last month fans would be allowed to attend the game despite the ongoing crowd ban.

A lengthy crowd ban has been lifted on a few occasions since it was imposed in 2012 in the wake of a football tragedy that left over 70 fans killed in coastal city Port Said.

Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek were forced to play the majority of their matches in African competitions behind closed doors due to lingering enmity between their die-hard supporters and security forces.

Last season's Egyptian Premier League competition was also devoid of fans.

The Pharaohs, who missed out on the previous two Nations Cup editions in 2012 and 2013, open their qualifying campaign away to Senegal on Friday. The group also includes minnows Botswana.

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