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Egypt – Ghana return leg to be played in Cairo – FIFA

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Posted on October 30, 2013

have confirmed that the return leg of the play-off between and Ghana will be played in Cairo on 19 November.

Egypt have been cleared by FIFA to host the second leg of the World Cup play-off against Ghana at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, despite the GFA’s request for the match to be moved to a neutral venue due to safety concerns.

The Ghanaian FA petitioned twice to FIFA to have next month’s World Cup qualifier moved to a neutral venue, but the international governing body of football confirmed on Wednesday – in a letter to both countries released by the Ghana FA – that Cairo will host the match, following a visit by inspectors.

FIFA added in the letter that the CAF’s decision to stage the Champions League final between Al-Ahly and Orlando Pirates at Cairo’s Air Defence Stadium on 10 November shows: “the current situation in Egypt has turned back to normal.”

The Egyptian FA issued a statement on their official website directed to FIFA’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke following the GFA’s initial request, claiming security will not be an issue when the Pharaohs host Ghana in Cairo on 19 November.

“The Egyptian Football Association’s chief executive Tharwat Sweilam has sent to FIFA the government’s pledge to secure the Ghanaian delegation during its stay in Egypt,” the EFA said in a brief statement on its website.

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 at Alexandria’s Army Stadium last March.

22 Comments

  1. GHANSON

    October 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Good..at least we made an effort and now I am confident the game will go on smoothly.

  2. I-JAHMAN

    October 31, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    It will never be smoothly…Did I see this coming? A big fat NO! Do I think it is dangerous? A big fat YES! I will break down my fears… The average age of the mob is generally thought to be 6 years. That is the reasoning of the mob in reacting to situations is like a six year old would. If 30,000 disenfranchised fans get into the stadium and there is a wrong call by the ref, or a perceived harsh tackle by a Ghanaian or some time wasting by the Black Stars as any rational team would in this case – and one enraged fan in the stands cries foul – how will the crowd react? like a six-year-old! The fireballs and other missiles may come out … I worry.

    • Pharaohs still #1

      October 31, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      @ JAHMAR When it’s too dangerous, stay at home and we go to Brazil instead. Egyptian fans are like Brazilians and all Brazil is cheering for Egypt. Nobody wants to see Ghana in a world cup anyways. Stay home in your safe land.

      • GHANSON

        October 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        @Pharaohs #1… Why do you think nobody wants to see Ghana at the WC? Oh I get it,Black Stars a very tough team and will give ANY team nightmares..Even Germany or England ecome wary when they about to meet Ghana so I understand your concern here.

      • KWAME NKRUMAH

        October 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Pharaoh still No.1,,Ghana still have 19 days from now to extinguish the flames or the cobwebs to Play In EGYPT or not..GFA is working on it to achieve a NEW regulations from FIFA laws thruu CAF..Even U ( Pharaoh # 1 ) is not protected in yur own country cos of the SILLY and STUPID COUP or MUTINY that was perfomed by the EGYPTIAN army to over throw a DESCISSION by the EGYPTIANS to their choose their own LEADER through the ballot box..U cant even sleep good in yur own room can U? Mr. Pharaoh still#1?..How can EGYPT protect a FOREIGNER>?-GFA is fighting to avert the VENUE from EGYPT to a neutral Land..Ghanaians are not stupid to show a friendly match with the CHIPOLOPOLOS, the picture published by (-STUPID-) Theiry Nyann speaks for itself wat will happen to the BLACK STARS
        in the sec. leg in CAIRO.

        • Ali AbdUl

          October 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

          I love when people outside my country try to tell me whats going on in my country

          • KWAME NKRUMAH

            November 1, 2013 at 3:31 AM

            Yes cos U dont know nothing what is going on in yur country as an EGYPTIAN..Dont let me refer u AbdUi, abt what GHANSON said last week to the EGYPTIANS..The only thing Egptians knows is smoking hashish in yur CAFES..U ppl dont know wat is going in that volitile land..Ali, dont u think Ghanaians are good ppl to tell U wat is going on ?

      • Agbe Mli

        November 5, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        @Pharaohs still #1.If we refuse to play in cairo, Egypt will get 3 points , 3 goals. That means Ghana will still qualify in average.
        Egypt is the best when you come to Africa and Ghana is best we it gets to the world. Peace relationship for Egypt and Ghana( We are all One) Ghana was praying not to meet Egypt at this stage; so that This Two great teams can conquer the world.

  3. I-JAHMAN

    October 31, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    While preparing, Ghana must understand the full meaning of this FIFA “ruling” and prepare accordingly. They must be prepared for all manner of intimidation. For my money, Ghana has done 98% of the job in Kumasi, but they must show up for the remaining 2%. They have to forget whether the venue is safe or not. For them, the key will be to avoid conceding in the first quarter of this match. If they do this, they are home and dry, as frustration will set in for the Egyptians….. …the Arabs typically have a low boiling point, and become discordant when emotional! Having said this, Ghana must prepare physically and (especially) mentally for the most intense first 20 minutes they’ve ever experienced in their football careers! Survive those first 20 minutes, and it’s “see you in Brazil”!

  4. KWAME NKRUMAH

    October 31, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    I-JAHMAN,I agrees with U.. BLATTER coundnt mind the quenciquencies that will trigger any mischievious attitude to spark confrontations to the Black Stars..Blatter just appologises to Christiano Ronaldo for just telling him that he CR7 and MESSI are in the same level of playing football but the differences is CR7 spend more time on his hair..Africa is divided into 2 parts sub saharans and saharans..Blatter might be partial to the saharans..CAF is also sitting there tongue tight doing nothing abt this..Anyway, GFA are looking to the next step..I-JAHMAN, Uve said it all..

  5. GHANSON

    October 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

  6. kantoose

    October 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I am Ghanaian and Ghanaians love Egyptians. Our first president’s wife was mrs.Fathia an Egyptian. Come Nov 19 lets play as brothers.The best team win.

  7. GHANSON

    October 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    @kantoose …We hope so..or else if they (egyptians) dont behave like civilized human beings, then we shall ask them to return all the tons of gold Kwame Nkrumah gave to Fathia..simple as that.

    • KWAME NKRUMAH

      October 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Mr GHANSON, U are my MAIN man. U are SMART ,INTERLEGENT, and U dont give a sh–t to anybody if U ( GHANSON ) knows that U are right..Its a pity that BLATER´S Association couldnt even think twice to make that descision..I learnt GFA is taking another course through CAF..U are also funny GHANSON..Why did gold and Fathia came into the picture? loool.

  8. GHANSON

    October 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    And they have kept all that gold in their museums for tourists to see..which is cool..that is why Egypt needs to treat this match as one between two brothers,neighbors,friends..
    NO TO VIOLENCE!

  9. Ali AbdUl

    October 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Chanson we always treat every team that plays in our home as brothers, your the one whos trying to make egypt look bad and dangerouse and please we are the oldest civilized country ever. Just watch the soccer match and stop complaining and insulting a revolution not a coup. Good luck to Ghana in world cp but please stop being annoying insulting and rude.

    • GHANSON

      October 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      This is from an egyptian on ghanasoccernet.com

      egyptian says:
      October 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm
      another thing .. do you think guys we care about the match ? fuck football we don’t care ! we care about the tourism and our economy .. this match will help to prove that egypt is safe ! ghana can win the world cup but you still a poor pathetic country ! i hope you get the point , guys !

      • Ali AbdUl

        October 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Lol so u expect every single egyptian to be respectful and not rude. Your a perfect example of disgrace to Ghana, hell your disgrace to africa. your the only Ghanaian I know who so disrespectful a d rude. You buddy will make other people hate Ghana cause when they see someone like you commenting they will think everyone’s Ghanaians are like that rude annoying and just piece of trash, even tho thats not true. Good thing i kno that Ghanaians aren’t like you. loser

    • KWAME NKRUMAH

      October 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Ali AbdUi , GHANSON ( middle name ) is ANOYANCES if he GHANSON dont understand something or not in AGREEMENT to a subject he will never sit there tongue tight ..Ali, U are talking abt the OLDEST Civilized–
      country in the world . I partially agrees with u, but that was then this is now (-21st CENTURY -) Every civilization is changed now..Reasons:-, cos its now the survivor of the fittest being the silly RULE of a NEW World order by some Stupid NATIONS who thinks they rule the whole world.

  10. Nana

    October 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Guys take it easy , Africa must unite , Africa must unite or forever beggers , this is a game there is no need to insult one another , if you think u are smart then there is no need to respond to a mad man or annoying person .

  11. I-JAHMAN

    November 1, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Ghana have announced plans to camp in Ethiopia ahead of the decisive second leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff with Egypt.

    According to the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the Black Stars will camp in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from November 11.

    They will leave for Cairo on November 18 for the match which will be played at the Air Defence Stadium the following day.

    The Black Stars lead the tie 6:1 from the first leg in Kumasi on October 15.

    The winner on aggregate qualifies for the global showpiece next year in Brazil.

  12. I-JAHMAN

    November 1, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Following FIFA’s approval of Cairo as a save venue to host the 2nd leg of the World Cup playoffs between Egypt and Ghana, the host Football Association has communicated to the Ghana FA they can only accommodate and provide adequate security to 500 away fans for the November 19 game,

    The Football’s governing body on Wednesday approved the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo to host 30,000 spectators for the return duel of which Ghana holds a 6-1 advantage.

    “Our Egyptian counterparts have communicated that they can provide security to only 500 fans from Ghana. This means we have to organize ourselves well to have one organized supporters body to travel to Cairo for the match,” Ghana FA President Kwasi Nyantakyi said.

    But the President during whose tenure Ghana has made it to two consecutive World Cup finals says the Egypt FA is yet to communicate their security measures to Ghana and reveals plans to send an advance party to Cairo.

    “At this time, the Egypt FA is yet to feed us with their security roadmap for the game but we have plans of sending an advance party to survey the host venue before the Black Stars land in Cairo for the match. We are attaching all the seriousness to the match and make sure we complete our qualification on a high,” he added.

    The Black Stars are scheduled to arrive in Egypt 24 hours to the match from their Addis Ababa camping base.

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