Zamalek fans to attend Ahly match, despite security warnings

Zamalek Club’s White Knights Ultras say they plan to attend a Wednesday fixture against Ahly in Gouna, despite a statement posted on the club's website warning of the security risks of attending the match.

 

"The Confederation of African Football (CAF) hadn’t submitted anything to Zamalek Club about banning fans," the ultras group said on its Facebook page. What was published in this regard is no more than rumours.”

 

“We confirm that fans attendance is not the CAF’s business. Zamalek was penalized with banning fans from attendance,” the group added.

 

“The issue is related to the Egyptian Interior Ministry,” it said, insisting Zamalek fans would be at the game. “It’s our legal right.”

 

Ahly and Zamalek are supposed to face off in the African Champions League game on Wednesday.

 

African Champion League matches are played in Egypt without fans at the game, after the Egyptian Football Association notified CAF that fans could not attend for security reasons following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy and the ultimate cancellation of the championship.

Ultras Ahlawy earlier announced on its Facebook page that they will also attend the match, despite a refusal by security forces to allow the game to be playd at the Air Defence ground.

The match would therefore be played at Gouna in Hurghada, officials said.