COVID-19 Scare Hits Ahly, Zamalek Camps Ahead of CCL Final

Al Ahly face Zamalek in CCL final on Friday/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

Egyptian giants, Al Ahly and Zamalek will slug it out on Friday in the CAF Champions League. Ahead of their encounter, both teams have seen three members each test positive for coronavirus.

The mouthwatering Egyptian derby, set to be played on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium has seen both teams move into personal camps.

They will however have to battle a raging pandemic to live the dream of a historic final.

Results of tests conducted ahead of the clash showed Zamalek’s Abdallah Gom’aa, Youssef Obama, and Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh all testing positive for the virus.

In the Ahly camp, Walid Soliman and Saleh Gom’aa who had contracted the infection earlier still have the virus, while midfielder Aleo Diang’s test returned positive in what’s a big blow to the 5-time champions.

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The clash between the two biggest teams in Egypt and on the continent is the first of its kind in history. No two teams from the same country have made it to the final of Africa’s topmost football club cup competition.

Despite the unpalatable situation caused by the COVID-19 cases, both teams still have majority of their best men for the job.

Zamalek and Ahly defeated Moroccan giants, Raja and Wydad Casablanca respectively to book their place in the historic final.

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CAF has announced that fans will not be allowed in the stadium as a measure against coronavirus.

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