Al Ahly threaten to boycott Egyptian Premier League after Cairo derby postponement


The Egyptian Premier League champions were scheduled to face off against their fierce rivals in a top of the table clash as they enter the fourth round of fixtures.

However, the EFA announced the clash would be postponed for an undisclosed date, citing rising security concerns and Zamalek's schedule - due to the replay of their CAF Champions League first round tie against Generation Foot.

But Ahly has now threatened not to honour any further games in the Egyptain top-flight until the Cairo derby is played out.

"Security officials contributed to Egypt hosting the biggest sports events including the 2019 AFCON in the summer as thousands of fans attended," the club said in an official statement.

"They also helped the country host CAF Champions League games for Egyptian clubs with large crowds attending to great success.

"This is why many didn't accept the EFA’s decision to postpone the Cairo derby for security reasons, especially that we didn't mind playing the game at Borg El-Arab stadium with no fans attending.

"Al Ahly respects the vision of security officials regarding the Cairo derby, but we will not allow others to take advantage of this rescheduling.

"Because it trumps the principle of equal opportunities between clubs as it did last year among the chaos of continuous rescheduling.

"Therefore, Al Ahly will not play any game in the Premier League before they play the postponed game against Zamalek first.

"And the new date for the game should fit both teams' schedules as they compete in domestic and African tournaments."