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Egypt forced to call off all soccer games

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Rungu, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Rungu

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    Egypt forced to call off all soccer games because of protests.

    THE turmoil in Egypt has forced officials to call off all soccer.
    CAIRO, AP - The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) suspended the country's soccer league indefinitely and said it hoped for the "return of stability" to the violence-hit nation.

    In a statement, the EFA said it had decided to postpone league games across all four of its professional divisions, as well as youth and junior competitions, until calm was restored.

    The EFA postponed the 16th round of Egypt's Premier League last week because of anti-government protests in Cairo and other cities.

    On Monday, the United States cancelled a friendly international against Egypt that had been scheduled for next Wednesday.

    The EFA confirmed the February 9 game at the Cairo International Stadium would not go ahead, adding it would consult the US federation to reschedule the match at a later date.

    The second leg of Cairo club Zamalek's African Champions League qualifying tie against Ulinzi of Kenya - scheduled for Cairo on February 13 - is also in doubt.

    Zamalek won the first leg match 4-0 on Saturday but the team was then stranded in Kenya because of the violence at home. Reports say Zamalek has requested permission from the African Football Confederation to play the game in Libya.

    The EFA's original decision to postpone round 16 league games came after a request from security authorities in Egypt following the nationwide demonstrations.