The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has said that it has no plans of cancelling the 2019/2020 Egyptian Premier League despite coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The EFA Normalisation Committee vice president Gamal Ali denied that there any plans to cancel the league after the second postponement.
Egyptian Premier League was initially halted for 15 days last month as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the suspension was then extended with the EFA recently announcing that all football-related activities will be postponed until the end of April.
“Cancelling the league is not in our plans, especially when you consider that it’s an issue related to sponsors and economic matters,” Ali told ON Sports.
According to him, they will strive to ensure that the league has a natural ending and that they can resume later in the year.
“We need three months to finish the league. If it resumes in July, then the league will end in October.”
“Players need to have a month-long preparation period to boost their fitness after the long rest they had.”
“They are already doing individual exercises but it’s still not enough,” he noted.
Egypt has the second-highest infection rate on the continent after South Africa with 2069 cases and 159 deaths.
The outbreak has led to the suspension of football activities in over 100 countries and led to the cancellation of major championships.
African Nations Championship (CHAN), Euro 2020, Copa Libertadores, Tokyo Olympics and UEFA Champions League are among the competitions which were canceled.
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