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Dubai - Yasmine El Tohamy - The Cairo derby got called off after the Zamalek bus didn’t show up to the Cairo International Stadium on time.
Al Ahly and the officials waited for 30 minutes after the supposed kick-off time before the Lithuanian referee in charge decided to call the game off, awarding Al Ahly a 2-0 victory.
There has been a lot of talks on whether the game was going to take place or not as attempts from the White Knights came at the EFA to postpone the game.
It started out with Club President Mortada Mansour announcing that Zamalek will not be facing Al Ahly on the 24th
Followed by a statement from Zamalek manager Patrice Carteron requesting to not play after his side’s victory in the Super Cup.
Finally, prior to the game, Carteron gave hopes to the nation after releasing a squad list meaning that there will be a game on Monday night, however, it was full of U-18 and youngsters whilst the regular names were nowhere to be seen. It was also the case with the staff members.
U-18s head coach Ahmed Abdelmaksood was supposed to take charge of the Whites alongside U-19s coach Amr Fahim, with U-18s general manager Ahmed Abdelraouf, U-18s goalkeeping coach Ayman Al-Tawil and club representative Mahmoud Meghawry completing the staff list.
Unfortunate events for Egyptian fans and football as sanctions and reactions are expected from the Egyptian Football Association.
The result means that Al Ahly will remain top of the league table with 48 points from 16 games, maintaining their 100% win record. Meanwhile, Zamalek sit third with 31 points, 17 behind the Reds.
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