Egyptian club ENPPI doubtful for next Mali match

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 8 May 2012

The ongoing unrest in Mali may force ENPPI to back out of their African match against AS Bamako

ENPPI's players (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egyptian side ENPPI are currently discussing whether to travel to Mali for their match in light of the ongoing counter-coup in the Western African country.

ENPPI are supposed to play their away match in round 16 of the African Confederation Cup against AS Bamako in the Mali capital this Saturday.

“It’s not safe at all in Mali. There are bloody clashes in the streets as the ousted president forces are trying to regain control over the city after the coup,” ENPPI Chairman Mohamed Badr told an Egyptian television programme.

In fact, Egypt can speak from experience, considering that Egyptian champions, Ahly, were recently stranded in Mali for five days due to the security collapse.

The petroleum club had previously sent an official request to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) demanding to play the match outside Mali, but the CAF disagreed.

ENPPI won AS Bamako 3-1 in their home match held in the military stadium behind closed doors.

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