SuperSport have no problems facing Egypt's Ahly in Cairo

Hatem Maher , Friday 25 Feb 2011

South African outfit SuperSport are ready to face Egyptian giants Ahly in Cairo, despite security concerns

Gavin Hunt
Gavin Hunt ready for the challenge

SuperSport have no objections to playing Ahly in Cairo in next month’s CAF Champions League tie, coach Gavin Hunt said on Friday.

Football activities in Egypt have been at a standstill since the eruption of the popular uprising on 25 January, which eventually forced former president Hosni Mubarak to resign, with the military taking over for a transitional period.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) called on the ruling military to give them the go-ahead to resume the domestic league, but their request has so far not been answered.

However, Cairo club Zamalek will resume competitive action when they host Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars in the second-leg of the Champions League preliminary round on Sunday.  

Zamalek’s arch-rivals Ahly are also due to face SuperSport in the first leg of the competition’s round of 32 on the weekend of March 18-20th.

“I don't have any concerns about going there - we've been told by the embassy that we can go and if the situation changes then I'm sure we will be told,” South African coach Hunt was quoted as saying by

“I'm from the old school and I like to go to these difficult places to play because it will be a bit of a challenge. Anyone who doesn't want to play can just stay at home. As long as we put on a good show, I'll be happy,” he continued.

Ahly has won the Champions League a record six times. Their last triumph came in 2008 when they beat Cameroon’s Cotonsport in the final to surpass the five titles Zamalek had clinched.

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