Football federation elects new chief

Gamal Allam won the presidency of the Egyptian Football Federation elections. He is set to head the organization for the next four years.  

Primary vote counting indicated Thursday that Allam would win by 22 votes more than his competitor, former football player Osama Khalil.

Early results also suggest that candidates running on the same list as Allam for other positions in the federation are favored to win.

Allam said his first move as federation chief would be to discuss the resumption of the Egyptian Premier League, in a statement made to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

He also said he intends to turn a new page with the Ultras.

The state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram had reported a few hours ago that the Ultras Ahlawy were marching to the presidential palace to demand the suspension of the league before retribution for the victims of the Port Said Stadium massacre is attained.

Former Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri dismissed former federation head Samir Zaher, following the Port Said violence that took the lives of 74 football fans in February. Protesters and activists also accused the Interior Ministry of failing to secure the match.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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