Egypt's Minister of Sports Khaled Abdel Aziz- YOUM7/ Amr Mostafa
CAIRO – 6 April 2017: Football fans will return to the stands for upcoming African games for both clubs and the national team in coordination with the Interior Ministry, Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz said in a press conference Wednesday, according to
“The government has ‘real intentions’ to bring fans back to the stands, as well as the state,” the minister added.
Al Ahly and Zamalek are currently participating in the African champion’s league, while Smouha and Al Masry are competing in CAF Confederation Cup.
The Egyptian national team picked up an easy win over Togo 3-0 in a friendly game Tuesday, March 28 at Borg Al Arab Stadium, and is preparing for their face off against Tunisia in the African Nations Championship qualifiers, slated to take place in Cameroon in 2019.
Football fans have been absent from the stands since 2012, following the Port Said stadium riot in which 74 Al-Ahly fans were killed.
In 2015, authorities allowed a partial return of fans before they were again banned from stadiums following the Air Defense stadium stampede which left 22 Zamalek fans dead.