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Authorities: Egypt is safe for African football’s Champions League

Egypt’s Ahly is to host Congo’s AC Leopards on August 31, one day before Zamalek will host South Africa’s Orlando Pirates. (File photo: Reuters)

Cairo-based clubs Ahly and Zamalek can play their next Confederation of African Football’s Champions League matches in a stadium near the Red Sea coast, after security authorities give them the all clear on Wednesday.

The CAF's Champions League will go ahead as in the fourth round of the group stage Ahly and Zamalek both look to host matches in the Gouna stadium by the Red Sea.

Ahly is to host Congo’s AC Leopards on August 31, one day before Zamalek will host South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.

The matches will be held 430 kilometers away from the capital behind closed doors.

Almost all football matches in Egypt have been played behind closed doors since the Port Said Stadium disaster in February 2012 when more than 70 fans died in in clashes between the supporters of rival teams.

Ahly and the Leopards are going into their game both on four points out of a possible nine as they look to qualify into the knock out stage with the Orlando Pirates who have seven out of nine points.

Zamalek currently sit bottom of the four team group with one point obtained from a 1 – 1 draw with Ahly.

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Last Update: Thursday, 22 August 2013 KSA 15:15 - GMT 12:15
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