EFA rejects postponement request, says Zamalek match will be played as scheduled
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided that Zamalek’s match against Misr El-Maqassa will be played as per the new schedule despite protest by the White Knights.
The two clubs were to play on April 15, but the EFA changed the date of the fixture, citing security reasons. According to the Federation, the match collided with the Coptic Christians Easter holiday celebration. Therefore, it would present a security headache.
But Zamalek has challenged this position and wrote letters to the EFA requesting postponement of the match to April 18. A joint letter, with Misr El-Maqassa, was also presented to the Egyptian Football Federation. The match will now be played on April 16 at Petrosport Stadium.
Mortada Mansour commented on the mini-saga, questioning the integrity and rationale of the decision to postpone the match. “Where is the security sense in the football federation to postpone the game to Sunday? If there was already a sense of insecurity, the game would have been postponed until the end of the Coptic holiday.”
Zamalek will go into the match on the back of four successive league defeats. But they have new coach, Augusto Inacio, trying to find form. Misr El-Maqassa have won their last four matches and are the only genuine challengers to Al Ahly for the Egyptian Premier League title, this season.
Maqassa have 54 points from 23 matches whereas Zamalek have 40 points from 22 matches. The last meeting of these two teams was also surrounded by controversy.
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