Cairo stadium to host African Super Cup

Al Ahly request authorities to allow fans to attend


Cairo International Stadium is to host the African Super Cup between local side Al Ahly and Tunisia's Sfaxien on 22 February, according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Both teams were the winners of the continent's two main club competitions last November: Al Ahly beat South Africa's Orlando Pirates to win the African Champions League, while Sfaxien beat TP Mazembe of DR Congo to claim the Confederation Cup title.

Al Ahly's management has requested Egytpian authorities to revoke the rule banning fans from attending matches at Cairo's 75,000-seater stadium, over concerns that CAF could decide to hold the match elsewhere if the ban remains.
Egypt has been cautious about allowing large crowds to attend football matches ever since more than 70 people were killed in a riot at a stadium in the Mediterranean city of Port Said in 2012.

Cairo hosted two major games at smaller stadiums in the capital last November: the Egypt-Ghana World Cup play-off at the 30,000-seater 30 June Stadium (formerly known as the Air Defense Stadium), and the Al Ahly-Orlando Pirates Champions League final at the 60,000-seater Arab Contractors Stadium.

There weren't any major incidents at either game, although there were clashes between fans and police before the Al Ahly match.