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Ahly-Zamalek Cairo derby to take place in Suez

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Jul 2016
Ahly v Zamalek
Ahly's Malick Evouna (3rd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Zamalek in an Egyptian Premier League clash on 9 February, 2016 (Reuters)

Saturday’s Egyptian Premier League clash between Cairo rivals Ahly and Zamalek on the final day of the season will be held at an army-owned stadium in Suez, the Football Association (EFA) announced on Thursday.

Zamalek earlier had their request to stage the game at Cairo’s Petrosport Stadium, which hosted most of their home matches this season, turned down by the interior ministry, which has the final word over where football matches take place.

Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium, Egypt’s biggest venue, hosted the reverse fixture last February which saw newly-crowned league champions Ahly claim a 2-0 win.

Zamalek defeated Ahly in last year’s Egypt Cup final at Petrosport to complete a rare domestic double but have not beaten their nemesis in the league since 2007.

The EFA also said in a brief statement on its official website that Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar will be in charge of the match.  

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