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15,000 supporters to back Ahly against Tunisia's Esperance in Champions League test

In the past five years, authorities have permitted a limited number of home fans to attend African games and national team matches amid a general ban on fan attendance

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 28 Apr 2018
File Photo: Al Ahly (Photo: Ahram)

Some 15,000 supporters will be allowed to attend Ahly's match against Tunisia's Esperance in the African Champions League group stage 4 May, the Cairo giants announced Saturday.

Ahly will be hosting the Tunisian giants at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium in the opening match of the group stage of the prestigious African tournament.

"Security authorities officially informed us that the match will be held 4 May at Borg El-Arab Stadium with the prescnce of 15,000 of our supporters," Ahly's chief excutive Mohamed Morgan was quoted as saying by the club's website.

Ahly, who were crowned African champions a record eight times, were drawn in Group A with Esperance alongside Uganda's Kampala City and Botswana's Township Rollers.

The Cairo giants, who clinched their last Champions League title in 2013, was close to winning the continental title last year but lost in the final 2-1 on aggregate to Moroccan side Wydad de Casablanca.

Football fans have been banned from domestic league games in Egypt since February 2012, when over 70 Ahly supporters died in clashes between fans at Port Said Stadium.

The crowd ban in Egypt was briefly lifted in January 2015 but immediately reimposed after 20 Zamalek fans died in clashes with the police ahead of a league game against Enppi.

In the past five years, authorities have permitted a limited number of fans to attend African games and national team matches, as per FIFA rules.

Ahly secured the Egyptian league title for the third time in a row last month with six matches to spare.

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