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Former Egyptian footballer named sports minister

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Former Egyptian footballer Taher Abouzeid was appointed on Tuesday as the country’s interim sport minister.

Abouzeid, 51, will succeed el-Amry Farouk who resigned following the overthrow of the Islamist president Mohammad Mursi and his cabinet.

In a statement to Al Ahram, Abouzeid refused to say whether the suspension of the Egyptian League this season will lifted.

“It is too early to talk about the league resumption now,” he said.

The interior ministry announced this week the suspension of the premier league indefinitely for fear of violence.

“Continuing the league has now become impossible within such a limited time,” said EFA executive director Tharwat Suweilam in a statement Sunday.

Abouzeid led the Pharaohs to winning the 1986 African Cup of Nations and helped the Cairo-based Ahly club clinch several domestic and African trophies.