Dates and venues of Egyptian Premier League return announced

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 25 Mar 2015

EFA announces schedule of Egyptian league round of 23 and confirms that the competition will be resumed as initially planned on 30 March

Ahmed Eid (R) of Al-Zamalik and Hosam Ashour of Al-Ahly fight for the ball during their Egyptian Premier League soccer match in Cairo, January 29, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Zamalek will take on Dakhleya in Suez's new stadium when the Egyptian Premier League resumes on schedule on 30 March, while Ahly will host Ragaa one day later at Cairo's Petro Sport Stadium, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) confirmed.

The Egyptian cabinet decided last Wednesday to resume the Egyptian Premier League behind closed doors starting on 30 March, since its suspension after the Cairo Air Defence stadium disaster on 8 February.

However, reports in the Egyptian media claimed that the Premier League is set to be delayed again for two or three days due to the national team's friendly during the week. 

Reacting to these rumours, the EFA announced on its website on Wednesday that the full schedule of the competition's coming round provided the definitive dates and stadiums for the matches.

The Egyptian Premier League, as well as the rest of Egypt's football competitions, have been frozen since 8 February, when 20 Zamalek supporters were killed after police forces used teargas to disperse a crowd of fans attempting to enter the Air Defence Stadium ahead of a league match with ENPPI.

Ahly are third on the table with 36 points, five short of second-placed ENPPI and eight points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Zamalek.

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