Monday, February 4, 2013

Egypt recommence football league on Saturday after 1 year's absence


The Egyptian football league resumed on Saturday after a year's absence in spite of ongoing protests in Cairo and Port Said
Thousands rallied in Port Said a year to the day after the stadium disaster that left over 70 "Red Devils"dead there- the tragedy which subsequently led to the cancellation of the league.After months of  bickering regarding new safety measures to avoid such incidents in the future, a heavy security presence marked the return of the league.

Defending champions Al Ahly kicked off the opening game of the league season against Ghazl El Mahallah in Cairo.Saturday’s game was hosted in a military-owned venue in Cairo Air Defense Stadium, which saw Ahly beat El-Mahalla 1-0 in spite of loaning out their three talisman players.


The game was the first home competition since Ahly won over ENPPI in September last year during the annual Super Cup. Due to high security concerns, spectators are not allowed to attend the matches in the first half of the season