Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni spoke to Premium Sport about Mohamed Salah’s replacement...
- Baldissoni: We have no intention to replace Salah
- Mohamed Shawky joins Wadi Degla’s coaching staff
- Ekramy back in Al Ahly’s squad for Misr El-Maqassa
- Trezeguet’s Mouscron lose to St.Truiden, extend winless streak
- Squash: Egypt win World Championship title after beating England
- VIDEO: Zamalek smash Dakhleya in Helmy’s return as head coach
- Koka on the losing end as Porto grab late winner
- Amr Warda features as Veria hold Panetolikos
- EXCLUSIVE | Arsenal legend Robert Pires praises ‘interesting’ Elneny
- Elneny comes on in Arsenal’s explosive win against West Ham
Cairo International Stadium to host Egypt-Botswana clash
Egypt will play Wednesday’s crunch 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Botswana in a familiar setting, for a change.
On Monday, security officials agreed to stage the match at Cairo International Stadium and confirmed allowing 20,000 supporters to attend.
It marks a change in venue, with the contest previously slated to be held at the June 30 Stadium, just outside the capital.
It was thought that Cairo International Stadium would be more difficult to secure given its size as well as surveillance logistics. However, it’s now set to stage its first international football match in the presence of fans in over three years.
The Pharaohs clung to its qualification hopes on Friday with a 2-0 win over Botswana in Gaborone. They remain four points adrift of Group G summiteers Senegal and Tunisia and anything less than a victory on Wednesday would effectively quash any hope of reaching next year’s finals in Morocco. The group leaders will face-off on the same day in Montastir.
Egypt’s usual home ground, Cairo International Stadium (once called Nasser Stadium) has an estimated capacity of 75,000, with past attendance estimates of nearly 120,000. Renovations to the stadium nearly a decade ago, done primarily for security purposes, reduced the venue’s capacity by roughly 15,000.