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Ahly, Zamalek showdown to go ahead as scheduled: EFA

Match will take place despite proximity to revolution anniversary

Eslam Omar , Monday 19 Jan 2015
Ahly vs. Zamalek
Ahly vs. Zamalek (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

The Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek will take place as scheduled on 29 January, a football association official has confirmed.

"The match will be held as scheduled after coordination with the security authorities," Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmy Megahed told Ahram Online on Monday, rubbishing local media reports that suggested the league match would be delayed.

The match will be four days after 25 January celebration – originally Police Day – and the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution that forced former president Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Title-holders Ahly, who are chasing a ninth successive league title, lie fourth in the league table with 28 points, 12 behind leaders Zamalek, who have played three matches more, bidding for their first title since 2004.

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