Egypt to host Ghana in Cairo in the presence of fans
Egypt will play their home World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium in the presence of fans, according to sports minister Taher Abou-Zeid.
Sports minister Taher Abou-Zeid, who was appointed just a few weeks ago, announced that the return leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana will be played among the presence of fans at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium on November 19, after forcing through a petition which got security clearance on Wednesday.
The Egyptian FA failed to meet FIFA’s deadline of deciding the dates and venues for their matches last Friday after pleading with the world’s governing body for more time due to the political turmoil in the country.
The Pharaohs will play Ghana on October 15 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi for the first leg of the decisive play-off.
For the majority of 2012, Egypt have been playing behind closed doors following the Port Said Stadium tragedy, but now the Pharaohs are set to hold the crucial return leg in a 30,000 capacity stadium.
All continental football games in Egypt have been hosted in Hurghada at the 12,000-seater El-Gouna Stadium since the army toppled president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July following mass protests.
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.
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