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FIFA rules Cairo to host Ghana-Egypt playoff

01 November 2013, 10:02

Abuja - Football world governing body, FIFA, has declared that the 2014 World Cup second leg playoff match between Egypt and Ghana will go ahead in Cairo.

This is in spite of Ghana's request for the November 19 game to be moved to a neutral venue, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced on Thursday.

GFA had expressed concern at the security situation in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, urging FIFA to find "a safe and secure venue’’ for the clash.

However, GFA said on its website that FIFA, in response to the GFA request, confirmed Cairo as the venue for the second leg match following a recent visit by its security inspection delegation, after writing to Egypt to provide guarantees on the security situation for the match.

GFA said FIFA added in a letter that the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the CAF Champions League final on November 10 at the Air Defence Stadium showed that "the current situation in Egypt has turned back to normal."

It said the decision meant football fans would be allowed into the Air Defence Stadium for the game.

Ghana's Black Stars have put themselves in a strong position to reach their third successive World Cup finals in 2014 with 6-1 drubbing of Egypt in the first leg of the two-legged playoff in Kumasi, central Ghana, on October 15.



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