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UPDATED: Al Ahly beat Smouha to face Zamalek in Handball Egypt Cup final
A Cairo Derby in handball is on the horizon as both Al Ahly and Zamalek beat their opponents in the semifinals of the Egypt Cup on Friday to reach the final, which will be played on Tuesday in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Zamalek’s mens first team faced Heliopolis Sporting Club in the first semifinal and were victorious with a score of 24-22. Zamalek dominated the whole game, with the first half ending in favor of Zamalek with the score being 13-9.
The second semifinal saw Al Ahly defeat Smouha 28-24 to book a place in the final. At half time, Al Ahly was ahead with a score of 16-12.
The final, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed to Tuesday as per Egyptian Handball Association president for safety concerns.
According to Zamalek’s handball player Ahmed El-Ahmar, the decision came after security forces refused to give the green light due to their refusal to admit Ultras White Knight fans to the match. The Egyptian Handball Association had also released a statement banning any Zamalek fans from entering the stadium.
تم إلغاء مباراه نهائي كأس مصر غدا
نظرا لقرار الإتحاد بعدم دخول جماهير الزمالك للمباراه
وإعتراض الأمن علي دخول جمهور فريق دون الاخر !!
— ahmed elahmar (@AhmedElahmar) April 22, 2016
The exact time the Egypt Cup final between Al Ahly and Zamalek will be played is yet to be announced, but the venue is still the Youth City Stadium in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Al Ahly will be looking to turn a disastrous season around after being knocked out of the African Champions League at the hands of Zamalek, as well as losing the league to Zamalek, who became the team with most league titles.