Cairo: Shocking turnout for Al Ahly training forces evacuation

source: StadiumDB.com

Cairo: Shocking turnout for Al Ahly training forces evacuation Just 4 days before their possible 9th Champions League title, some 30,000 Al Ahly supporters came to motivate players during an open training session. It went slightly wrong due to the immense number of people.

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On Saturday we'll know the next African champions. If you only care about level on the field, you might not be familiar with the two finalists. But if you enjoy hot atmosphere, surely the names Wydad Casablanca and Al Ahly ring a bell.

The final's first leg last Saturday drew almost 70,000 people to Alexandria's Borg El Arab Stadium but Al Ahly only drew 1:1, which gives slight advantage to Wydad. It's thus no wonder that fans of Egypt's most supported club decided to show up at Tuesday's training session at their private stadium.

It's of course nothing new to see this form of motivation overall, certainly nothing new for Al Ahly. However, the number of people loosely estimated at 30,000 was far more than El-Titsh Stadium could cope with, with its capacity of 8,000 and record of around 20,000 people inside.

As a result of fans spilling far into the field, training session had to be abandoned. On Wednesday Al Ahly held one more training before leaving for Casablanca. Whether the unusual form of motivation worked or not, we'll see on Saturday.

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