UAE set to host Egyptian Super Cup

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CAIRO, EGYPT - JANUARY 29: Ahmed brahim (L) of AL Ahly vies for the ball with Ahmed Eid Abdel Malek (R) of Zamalek during a football match between Al Ahly and Zamalek during Egyptian Premiere League Cup at 30 June Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on January 29, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed smail/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A traditional curtain-raiser to the new season of Egyptian football, the Super Cup will be played outside the country for the first time in history this summer.

The news was confirmed by Egyptian Football Association (EFA) which stated that Cairo Derby between the league winners Zamalek and cup champions Al Ahly will take place in Dubai after making an agreement with unnamed sponsor.

“Staging a Super Cup match abroad is not a novel concept and there are many countries who have made that move such as Saudi Arabia who will play their Super Cup in London this year,” said EFA president, Gamal Allam.

Meanwhile the EFA board member, Mahmoud El Shamy denied the statements that the Super Cup game was moved abroad due to security reasons in the North African country.

“The game will be staged in Dubai for marketing purposes and not for security reasons,” he insisted.

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