Beginning on April 1st, 2020, Gezira Sporting Club was officially closed off to all of its members as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. From one day to the next, the Club became almost unrecognisable. Its football pitches became empty fields, its Olympic swimming pool was drained for maintenance, and its endless amount of chairs were stacked one on top of the other and massed together. While maintenance workers, security personnel, and groundskeepers remained on-site, the real residents of the Club came out to play: the cats and the crows. Normally bustling with people every day of the week from sunrise to midnight, and considered a 'home away from home' for many, the Club's closure for an extended period of time (a full three months) was a unique moment in its 130+ years of history. To the few visitors allowed access at this time, the stark emptiness around them made one thing clear: this is what a place without its people looks like.
Photography by: Nour El Demerdash
Words by: Seifeldin Fawzy