Young Africans SC Information Officer Louis Sendeu

Mainland champions Young Africans have expressed shock and disappointment over Egyptian soccer riots that left 74 people dead and over 1,000 others injured with 150 in critical condition.

Yanga’s information officer Louis Sendeu said his club is yet to take any measures or precaution for the return leg tie of the Africa Champions League against Zamalek set for early next month.

Yanga play the first leg match of the continental champions’ league against Zamalek at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on February 18.

Sendeu said his club is still waiting for the decision to be taken by the Confederation of African Football with regard to possible change of venue should crisis escalate in Egypt.

The Yanga spokesman said there is still ample time to be patient as CAF would consult Egyptian Football association to weigh on the degree of safety and security ahead of the match.

The Tanzania Football Federation’s secretary general Angetile Osiah said it’s too early to worry over the security risks in Cairo as CAF are aware of the situation.

He said TFF would be timely informed of the development of whether the return leg will be played in Cairo or at a neutral venue, elsewhere.

“We are both aware of the situation but still we need to be patient as CAF secretariat will be the first to highlight on the degree of safety ahead of Yanga-Zamalek encounter.

The football hooliganism that left the 74 people dead happened when Al-Masry beat six times winners Al-Ahly 3-1 in the premiership tie played at the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Port Said Stadium.

The incident has been widely condemned by soccer fans and Egyptian security officials are at the centre of criticism.

Egypt has been experiencing political instability since the mass riots that dethroned longest serving President Hosni Mubarak’s regime early last year.

Source The Guardian

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