Al Ahly have issued a statement urging the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to resume the Egyptian Premier League amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The Egyptian club cited financial pressure and repercussions on clubs as grounds for resuming the campaign.
“There is no reason to rush the decision to cancel the league since there is still enough time as the Olympic Games were postponed for next year, as well as the African qualifiers,” an Al Ahly statement said.
“And if we take into consideration that the current season started last September, and therefore, the new season can start in October, as it happened in the past.”
The Egyptian Premier League was suspended in April due to the coronavirus outbreak as the total number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached more than 5,000 cases.
The record champions said that most league clubs they risk losing television rights revenue if the campaign is scrapped yet they have paid 85% of the wages for their players and staff.
The EFA is yet to announce restart date after extending the suspension of footballing activities in Egypt until mid-May. It is likely that football remains put on hold for a longer period as the total number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt continues to significantly rise.