Egyptian football to remain at standstill until March

Hatem Maher, Friday 11 Feb 2011

The Egyptian Football Association has failed to set a definite date for the resumption of football activities due to the ongoing demonstrations


Football activities in Egypt will remain suspended until March at least, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced.

“The hard times we are enduring prevent us from hosting any domestic or international games in Egypt. The country’s interest is what matters most now,” EFA chairman Samir Zaher said.

Football has been suspended since the demonstrations erupted on 25th January after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand ‘the removal of the Egyptian regime’.

Egypt were scheduled to face the United States on 9th February in their last warm-up before meeting South Africa in an anticipated African Cup of Nations qualifier next month, but the match was called off due to security concerns.

Cairo giants Zamalek crushed Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars 4-0 away from home in the first leg of the African Champions League preliminary round but will have to play the second leg in Libya later this month.

I will sit down with Shehata on Sunday to discuss the preparations for the South Africa match,” Zaher added.

The EFA recently rejected suggestions that it might stage the league games behind closed doors.

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