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Cairo to host Egypt-Ghana qualifier Nov. 19 despite Black Stars’ protest

Oct 31, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. reacts during their friendly soccer match against RD Congo in Doha Reuters

It may not matter as much after a 6-1 loss in the first leg, but Egypt will host Ghana in the nations’ final World Cup qualifier on Nov. 19 in Cairo, FIFA announced Wednesday. The Ghana Football Association protested the initial plan to play in the Egyptian capital because of security concerns.

“The GFA wishes to assure Ghanaians and the football fraternity that we are fully focused on preparing the team to win the match in Cairo and qualify for the 2014 World Cup without compromising on the security of our delegation,” the federation said in an official statement. “The GFA will soon unveil its preparation plans for the Black Stars ahead of the match in Cairo.”

FIFA received adequate proof that the stadium will be secure and safe from the crowd violence that has marred several Egyptian games since the start of the revolution in the country. Officials were swayed by a recent inspection, as well as CAF’s decision to host the Champions League final at the same stadium on Nov. 10 and Egypt’s guarantees of security.

It’s a moral victory, small in comparison to Ghana’s 6-1 romp in Kumasi on Oct. 15, but it at least ensures that Egyptian fans will get the proper home game they deserve.

(MORE: Huge first leg loss to Ghana leave Bob Bradley, Egypt looking for miracles)

  1. hildezero - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Oh! So now they’ll host it, huh? I think Egypt weren’t even allowed to play in their home stadium in the first place. I guess the CAF felt bad for them or something.

    • danielofthedale - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      No they were already planning on playing this game in Cairo with a limited crowd, set up right after the Group Phase was done. Ghana filed their protest before the first leg. In the end the right decision was made the game should be in Egypt.

  2. ndnut - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Time for Hollywood to pay off players and refs for the feel good epic comeback movie they wished for when Egypt started playing well.

  3. hildezero - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    @danielofthedale,

    I know that. But didn’t CAF accepted Ghana’s protest in the first place?

    • danielofthedale - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      No they were just hearing it out. Now they ruled against them. At no point was the game ever not taken place in Cairo.

  4. mikeevergreen - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Note to Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas: Root fot Ghana. Note to Martin Rennie: Root for Egypt.

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