Egypt – Ghana return leg to be played in Cairo – FIFA
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 Zimbabwe at Alexandria’s Army Stadium last March.
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