Three teams to make Egyptian Premier League debut next season

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Jul 2021

The trio is the latest in a handful of Premier League clubs owned by firms or wealthy businessmen

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Coca-Cola celebrate their promotion to the Egyptian Premier League (Photo: the club's official Facebook page)

Pharco, Eastern Company SC and Coca-Cola will make their Egyptian Premier League debut next season after sealing promotion to the top flight.

The three teams topped their respective groups in the second division, with Eastern Company becoming the latest club to secure promotion on Saturday.

Pharco, who are owned by a famous pharmaceuticals company, were established in 2010 while Coca-Cola were founded a year later.

Eastern Company, who are owned by Egypt's top tobacco maker, will make their maiden Premier League appearance 68 years after the club's establishment.

The trio is the latest in a handful of Premier League clubs owned by firms or wealthy businessmen, including Gouna, Wadi Degla and Pyramids FC. 

However, most of the privately-owned sides do not have a significant fan base. The likes of Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, Masry and Alexandria-based club Ittihad -- who have large fan bases, partially because they represent entire cities -- are owned by the state.

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