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Zamalek fans to attend CAF Champions League game in Cairo

The Whites to issue specially-priced tickets to let fans attend Sunday's match; but two key players will be absent due to injuries

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 7 Feb 2014
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Zamalek supporters have been given permission to attend the game against Niger's AS Douanes in the CAF Champions League preliminary round at Cairo stadium on Sunday, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported on Friday.

The Cairo giants received a formal fax from the interior ministry stating that 10,000 fans would be allowed to attend the game, despite security concerns.

All football activities in Egypt have been played behind closed doors due to security concerns since the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi amid mass protests on 3 July.

Due to the short notice, the Whites' management headed by Kamal Darwish has decided to issue specially-priced tickets in a move to allow supporters to attend the match next Sunday.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) held the Champions League draw in Morocco last December and titleholders Ahly will not play in the preliminary round that will see Cairo rivals Zamalek facing Niger's AS Douanes.

Sunday's match in Cairo will see Zamalek begin their campaign for their first-ever continental title since 2002.

The return match will be on 16 February.

Zamalek's key players absent

Zamalek will lose the services of duo defenders Salah Soliman and Hani Said during the CAF Champions League game after both players sustained injures during Friday's trainings session.

Soliman suffers from an ankle injury and didn't complete Friday's session within preparations for the AS Douanes game. Said sustained a muscle injury.

"Injured players Soliman and Salah will undergo medical scans to determine the seriousness of their injuries," Zamalek's doctor was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

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