Egypt’s Ahly football team will not play while fasting, says defender

Players in Egypt’s Ahly FC want to postpone their next match until after Ramadan. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Ahly football team will not play South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League during Ramadan fasting hours because it will affect players’ performance, said defender Wael Gomaa, Egyptian website Ahram reported Sunday.

“It's difficult to play a game while you are fasting,” Gomaa said on the club’s official website, adding that “the coming game must be played after breaking the fast.”

Ahly had already asked the CAF to postpone the match against the Orlando Pirates to Aug. 9 from Aug. 4, due to difficulties finding a stadium.

Security clearance at a military-owned facility in Cairo was denied due to Egypt’s ongoing political upheaval.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40