Cairo Stadium – Press courtesy image
CAIRO – 26 April 2018: Cairo International Stadium is ready to host the Cairo Derby between Al-Ahly and Zamalek at the Egyptian League despite the bad weather, according to Ali Darwich, chief of Cairo Stadium Authority.
Speaking to the “Goal Stadium” radio program, Darwich said, “The stadium field is not affected by the heavy rains and we are ready to host the derby.”
Several parts of Cairo and Giza witnessed heavy rainfall with lightning and thunder on the last two days. Rainfall throughout the capital caused some buildings, houses and bridges to collapse.
Darwich added, “Seats have been reserved for the fans, journalists and the clubs’ board members and we will open the stadium’s gates at 4:00 p.m.”
Al-Ahly meet Zamalek at the last fixture of the Egyptian League on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (CLT).
Zamalek’s players hope to achieve victory in the derby and reconcile their fans after a disastrous season while Al-Ahly, the League champions, hope to finish their amazing League season in a perfect way by achieving victory over their rivals.
Al-Ahly will miss two key players, Walid Azaro and Ali Maaloul, who failed to recover from their injuries before the game and Al-Ahly’s manager Hossam El-Badry will grant a chance to the reserves to prove their abilities at the biggest game of the season.
On the other hand, Zamalek caretaker manager Khaled Galal will count on his experienced players to achieve the desired result against Al-Ahly.
Al-Ahly’s expected line-up for the game consists of the following: Mohamed El-Shenawy, Saad Samir, Ahmed Fathy, Ayman Ashraf, Sabry Rahil, Amr El-Solya, Hossam Ashour, Mido Gaber, Walid Soliman, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.
Zamalek’s expected line-up for the game consists of the following: Mahmoud Gennesh, Maarouf Youssef, Hamdi Nagguez, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdelaziz, Mahmoud Donga, Ayman Hefny, Ahmed Madbouli and Kabongo Kasongo.