LIVE: Zamalek SC v FUS Rabat | Arab Championship 2017 | Egypt
Time: 21:00 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria | Egypt
Zamalek will have a chance to test newcomers and give some playing minutes to forgotten players in the revamped Arab Championship.
Zamalek, who were eliminated from the Champions League group stage, said the Arab tournament will allow them to make final decisions over those who are likely to depart in the summer.
Cairo and Alexandria will host the Arab Championship from 22 July to 6 August.
The winners of each of the three groups will advance to the semis along with the best second-placed side.
The tournament was last held in 2013 when Algeria’s USM Alger clinched the title.
The lucrative financial rewards include a $2.5 million for the winner.
The Arab tournament was held over the course of the season from 2003-04 to 2008-09 and named the Arab Champions League as the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) sought to emulate the prestigious European Champions League.
Ahly were crowned champions in 1996 when they defeated Morocco’s Raja Casablanca 3-1 in Cairo while Zamalek claimed their maiden title in 2003 at the expense of Kuwait club, also at home.
The full groups:
Group A: Ahly (Egypt), Al-Faisaly (Jordan), NA Hussein Dey (Algeria), Al-Wahda (UAE)
Group B: Zamalek (Egypt), FUS Rabat (Morocco), Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia), Al-Ahed (Lebanon)
Group C: Al-Merrikh (Sudan), Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia), Naft Al-Wasat (Iraq), Esperance (Tunisia)
LIVE: Zamalek SC v FUS Rabat
21:00 Cairo Local Time