Egyptian FA sends security guarantees to FIFA for return leg
FIFA gave Egypt 17 days to provide comprehensive security assurances ahead of the second leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off, following the Ghana Football Association’s petition to the world governing body to request a ‘safer venue’.
The EFA quickly issued a statement on its website directed to FIFA’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke on Saturday to assure them security will not be an issue when the Pharaohs host Ghana in Cairo on 19 November.
“We would like to assure you that all the rumors spread by foreign media about turbulence in Egypt is totally untrue,” part of the EFA letter read.
“During the recent period, life has been normal and everything is stable across Egypt. Any incident taking place currently is considered an individual act that could happen anywhere.
“As for the Egypt vs. Ghana match, the venue chosen was the Air Defense Stadium, which is a remote military facility that is fully secured.
“There is an agreement with the Ministry of Interior to provide full security for the visiting team Ghana from the moment they enter Egyptian soil until they return home safely.”
The Egyptian national team arrived in Kumasi on Saturday ahead of the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off, to be held at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday at 16:00 GMT.
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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