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Football returns to Egypt as Zamalek meet Ulinzi Stars

Zamalek's Mahmud Razek in action in 2010
Zamalek will play the first competitive match in Egypt since the revolution

Competitive football returns to Egypt on Sunday for the first time since the revolution which overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Cairo giants Zamalek play Kenya's Ulinzi Stars in a CAF Champions League game which should have taken place two weeks ago.

The authorities in Cairo have allowed fans to go to the match, which will be played in the city's Military Stadium.

It is the first official game in Cairo since the revolution took place.

Players from both teams will wear black armbands in memory of people who were killed in the popular uprising.

Egyptian league teams have played a number of friendly matches behind closed doors in recent weeks but this will be the first time that fans have been allowed to gather in large numbers.

The first leg of the tie took place in Nairobi whilst the Egyptian capital was engulfed by protests - a game which Zamalek won 4-0.

No decision has yet been taken as to when to restart the Egyptian league - with Sunday's match being seen as a test as to whether regular matches can resume.



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