Ahly given go-ahead by interior ministry to play friendly behind closed doors

Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

The interior ministry allows Ahly to play a friendly game, a decision that may infuriate Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek who had an exhibition cancelled for security reasons

Ahly's training (photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian interior ministry has given Cairo giants Ahly the green light to play a friendly game against Dakhleya on Thursday behind closed doors.

The Red Devils face Dakhleya as part of their preparations for their game against Ethiopian Coffee in the first leg of the African Champions League round of 32 on 25 March.

The interior ministry's decision is likely to enrage Ahly's bitter rivals Zamalek, who had two recent friendlies called off after failing to get the approval of authorities. 

Zamalek are also preparaing for a Champions League tie against Ivory Coast's Africa Sports later this month.

All domestic football activities have been suspended since 1 February when more than 70 Ahly fans were killed after thousands of Masry fans invaded the pitch immediately following the end of a Premier League game in coastal city Port Said.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has cancelled the league this season, and their attempts to arrange a friendly tournament instead are also in jeopardy.

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