CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided to postpone the 23rd round of the premier league that was scheduled for March 8, spokesman Medhat Shalabi said on Wednesday.
Shalabi said the EFA made its decision based on a request from Olympic national team coach Eduardo Vingada.
Vingada had asked the EFA to postpone the league matches in order to prepare for the Olympic team’s African Games qualifier against Ethiopia, Shalabi told reporters.
The Portuguese coach is planning a closed camp for the national team players that will from March 5 and until the game against Ethiopia, which will take place in Cairo on March 11.
The Egyptian Olympic game had lost the first-leg of the African qualifier against Ethiopia 2-0 in Addis Ababa last week.
Shalabi said that the postponement will also benefit the Egyptian clubs competing on the African level.
The EFA had previously turned down Al Ahly’s request to postpone their game against Al Masri in the same week for 24 hours.