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Egyptian Premier League fixtures announced

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League has been set after being postponed several times

518px-Egyptian_Football_Association.svgThe Egyptian Football Association decided on the fixtures for the football league Thursday while also specifying which stadiums will hold the Al-Ahly and Zamalek games.

The premier league teams were divided into two groups on 4 December and the association announced that the league would begin on 26 December.

The fixture draw had been previously suspended by the EFA pending security clearances from the Ministry of Interior.

In a meeting on Tuesday between the EFA and the competing teams, several issues were agreed upon, first of which that the games would be sold exclusively to Egyptian state television for EGP 70m. All games will be played at 2.30pm except for the Al-Ahly and Zamalek games, which will be played at 5.30pm. The Al-Ahly and Zamalek games will be held at either the Air Defence Stadium in the Fifth Settlement or the Entag Al-Harby Stadium, while Al-Masry games will be held at Al-Geish Stadium in Suez.

Al-Masry, Port Said’s main team, faced harsh criticism after the February 2012 Port Said Stadium massacre, where clashes after a game between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry resulted in more than 70 deaths. The Premier League has been subject to temporary cancellations after returning briefly in 2013, and was again suspended due to the 30 June mass protests and the ensuing series of clashes.

The initial draw resulted in the separation of the 22 teams into two groups. The groups are:

Group B

Al-Minya

Al-Zamalek

Ittihad El-Shorta

Haras Al-Hodood

Ismaily

Petrojet

Al-Masry

Qena

Talaea Al Geish

Telephonat Beni Suef

Wadi Degla

 

Group A

Al-Ahly

Arab Contractors

Dakhlia

ENPPI

El-Entag El-Harby

Al-Ittihad Al-Sakandary

Ghazl Al-Mahalla

Gouna

Misr Makasa

Raga’a

Somouha

The second draw determined the fixtures. The first week fixtures are:


Second Group:

Al-Zamalek v Al-Masry

Minya v Haras Al-Hodoud

Qena v Ismaily

Petrojet v Talaea Al Geish

Ittihad El-Shorta vWadi Degla

 

First Group:

El-Entag El-Harby v Al-Ahly

Masr Makasa v Gouna

ENPPI v Arab Contractors

Dakhlia v Mahalla

Raga’a v Ittihad


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