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Egyptian FA sends security guarantees to FIFA for return leg

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Posted on October 12, 2013

The Egyptian Football Association wrote to to assure security ahead of the second leg of the play-off to be held in Cairo.

FIFA gave Egypt 17 days to provide comprehensive security assurances ahead of the second leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off, following the Ghana Football Association’s petition to the world governing body to request a ‘safer venue’.

The quickly issued a statement on its website directed to FIFA’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke on Saturday to assure them security will not be an issue when the Pharaohs host Ghana in Cairo on 19 November.

“We would like to assure you that all the rumors spread by foreign media about turbulence in is totally untrue,” part of the EFA letter read.

“During the recent period, life has been normal and everything is stable across Egypt. Any incident taking place currently is considered an individual act that could happen anywhere.

“As for the Egypt vs. Ghana match, the venue chosen was the Air Defense Stadium, which is a remote military facility that is fully secured.

“There is an agreement with the Ministry of Interior to provide full security for the visiting team Ghana from the moment they enter Egyptian soil until they return home safely.”

The Egyptian national team arrived in Kumasi on Saturday ahead of the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off, to be held at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday at 16:00 GMT.

The Pharaohs are eyeing their first World Cup appearance since 1990, while Ghana are seeking to reach the tournament for the third consecutive time, having reached the quarter finals in their last appearance in 2010.

9 Comments

  1. I-JAHMAN

    October 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Can the egpytian fa stop any car bomb at the stadium if it blows? people be realistic people life is at stake.

    • Tim

      October 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      You are not being realistic.

  2. catwalk

    October 13, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    “untrue rumors” ? this EFA is in complete denial.this is football and not politics. And whats with the quick responds. I believe the essence of the seventeen days is to monitor possible development of further chaos and report it back to FIFA. you have seventeen days to respond. the least you could do in this instants is to allay fears and promise further improvement in your security plans for the game and not go criticizing international media for their reportage. EFA has some disturbing arrogance about it. This the same manner you responded to GFA letter to FIFA, continue on this path and you risk forfeiting the slot all together.

  3. KWAME NKRUMAH

    October 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Bob Bradley is not only a COACH to the PHARAOHS, He is American ( CIA ) too.
    EGYPT is not save to play this IMPORTANT match in CAIRO..Besides the referee is FROM MOROCCO which of course is a neigbour ARAB country..This is going to be a miss match..Akwasi Nyantakyi and Akwasi Apeah are now concerntrating on KUMASI match and will strike on FIFA and CAF to play the return match at a neuteral venue or country..The return match will not be played in cairo neighter IN EGYPT..

  4. Ali AbdUl

    October 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Damn we got alot of haters, when inshallah we qualify to the world cup i want to see you haters commenting on. but someone calling saying that our coach is from cia is just a first LOL. ghanians make to many excuses not play in our country,

  5. Fady

    October 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    This shows how sacred they are! Egypt will continue their winning record.

  6. GHANSON

    October 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    GHANA 4-0 EGYPT
    EGYPT 0-1 GHA..
    Yes the return leg will be a retaliation to what Mohammed Gedo did to us in Angola..We`re ready …Bring them on! This time,Ghana has a full squad..Not a bunch rookies no more…
    II cant wait to see Jordan Ayew mesmerize the egyptian defence.

  7. Ali AbdUl

    October 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    ghanson please that exactly what ghanians fans said in 2010 african cup that they will beat us easly since we are old and we broke allllllll your hearts. remember mohamed nagy gedos goal, yea ghanson were mad lol? imma ask u tomorrow inshallah when we draw or beat you guys tommorrow “U MAD BRO?”

    • Ordinary Ghanaian

      October 30, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Hey cease the fire! Zambians and Nigerians, chief haters of Ghana are posing as Ghanaians to post hate speech to instigate the wrath of Egyptian fans. Egypt beware, we are political inlaws after all

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