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Rival clubs

Denis Dibele/ Twenty Ten

Headline: Brotherly love takes a back seat for Africa’s battle of the champions
Date: 20090930
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Article Synopsis: Football rivalry between Al Ahly and Zamalek is regarded as one of Africa’s fiercest derby.
Opening Paragraph: Ahmed and Mohammad Fahti aren’t just brothers. They’re friends. For most of the year, they’re inseparable… until, that is, Cairo plays to host one of Africa’s keenly-contested football derbies.
Keywords: rivalry, Al Ahly, Zamalek, Egyptian league football
Language: English
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Text: Ahmed and Mohammad Fahti aren’t just brothers. They’re friends. For most of the year, they’re inseparable… until, that is, Cairo plays host to one of Africa’s most keenly-contested football derbies.
“We avoid each other on those days,” says the 30-year-old Ahmed with a shrug and a smile. “I support Zamalek, while my younger brother backs Al Ahly. One of us goes to the game while the other one stays at home. Otherwise we might get a bit over-emotional with each other.
“We don’t want to jeopardize our relationship. We’ve worked out that it’s better for us to discuss the match calmly afterwards, rather than go together to the stadium.”
It’s a passionate rivalry which is duplicated in every café and on every street corner of the Egyptian capital, and one that stretches back for almost a century.
Al Ahly was founded in 1907, shortly before Zamalek. The pair, ranked as the top two African football clubs of the 20th century by the Confederation of African Football, have been at each other’s throats ever since.
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