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Ghana to arrive in Egypt 24 hours before World Cup qualifier in Cairo
Ghana would pitch camp in Ethiopia for next month’s World Cup play-off second leg tie with Egypt after FIFA’s sanctioned Cairo as safe to host the November 19 ultimate qualifier to Brazil 2014, a Ghana FA Press Statement has confirmed.
According to the statement, the pre-game camping for the Black Stars who are on the verge of making a third conservative appearance at the World Cup since their debut at Germany 2006 begins on November 11.
“The Black Stars will camp in Ethiopia ahead of the second-leg of the 2014 World Cup playoff clash against Egypt. The Ghana players will be camping in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from 11th November,” the statement read.
The Black Stars are scheduled to leave the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa in a 3 hours 42 minutes flight to Cairo in the early hours of Monday, November 18 and expected to have their mandatory training session at the match venue – the Cairo Air Defence Stadium at match kick-off time of 6pm.
“The Black Stars will arrive in Cairo on 18 November for the match to be played at the Air Defence Stadium.”
Kingfut.com understands the football house chose Ethiopia for its high altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level which could be beneficial to the team in terms of building their energy levels for the encounter in Cairo.
The Black Stars hold a first leg advantage over Egypt after handing the Pharaohs one of their worst defeats in history, even topping a 5-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in 1999 – in the first leg of the World Cup play-off tie in Kumasi on October 15.