Egypt’s Football Association unable to help cash-strapped clubs

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The Egyptian Football Association, already suffering financially, was unable to help cash-strapped Premier League clubs when they requested some money, reported al-Ahram on Wednesday.

The cancellation of the Premier League for the second consecutive season is taking its toll on both the clubs and EFA.

“The EFA is not in a healthy financial position. The association incurred heavy losses because of the league’s cancellation. We were also fined by our sponsor,” an EFA official, told Ahram Online under the condition of anonymity.

He added: “The EFA board members will sit down with sports minister Taher Abou-Zeid to ask him for financial support from the ministry. The EFA is also seeking to get around LE35 million (about $5 million) of overdue payments from the Egyptian Radio and Television Union.”

The new league season started last February following a one-year stoppage of domestic football due to the 2012 Port Said disaster.

However, political turmoil that followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi on July 3 prompted the EFA to call off the competition.

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