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Egypt allowed 30000 fans for Ghana WCQ, GFA ask for venue change again
The Pharaohs are set to host Ghana at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo in the second leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off, with the Black Stars all but through following a 6-1 thrashing of Bob Bradley’s men in Kumasi.
“The ministry of defense informed us with their approval to allow in 30,000 supporters at the Air Defense Stadium,” FA spokesman Azmi Megahed told FilGoal.
The announcement comes despite the Ghanaian FA’s petition to FIFA to have next month’s World Cup play-off second leg moved to a neutral venue due to security concerns. The GFA have today again asked FIFA to move the match from Cairo, according to the BBC.
“We can’t put in danger the lives of our players, officials and fans,” said Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantaki.
“My strong conviction is that the match must be moved from Cairo because of the incidents each day over there.
“It would be better for FIFA to choose another venue rather than Egypt for this game,” Nyantaki added.
The Egyptian FA issued a statement on their official website directed to FIFA’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke, claiming security will not be an issue when the Pharaohs host Ghana in Cairo on 19 November.
Bob Bradley acknowledged his team now have an almost impossible task to qualify to Brazil 2014, and this match will likely be his last unless the Pharaohs pull off a miracle in Cairo.
The national team have only played one game at home in the presence of fans since Bradley was appointed, in a 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe at Alexandria’s Army Stadium last March.