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Fine weather for Egypt-Chad World Cup qualifier but guests still missing

Meteorologists say Alexandria weather is fine on Tuesday for World Cup qualifier between Egypt and Chad but the guests haven't shown up yet

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 17 Nov 2015
 Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria
View of Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria, November 16, 2015 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Meteorological Authority officials have confirmed that Tuesday's weather will be fine for the African qualifier to the 2018 World Cup between Egypt and Chad at Borg El-Arab stadium.

"Tuesday's weather in Alexandria will cause no problems at Borg El-Arab stadium," Meteorological Authority boss Ahmed Abdel-Aal told an Egyptian radio station on Tuesday morning.

The same official on Sunday warned against holding the match in the military owned Borg El-Arab stadium, saying that it was likely to flood, instead suggesting that it should take place in Aswan.

In recent weeks, weather related events in Alexandria and the northern governorate Beheira have left over 20 people dead and caused major flooding due to poor drainage and sewerage systems. Borg El-Arab stadium was also flooded.

"No heavy rain is expected today in Alexandria," Abdel-Aal stressed in contradiction with the authority's previous recommendations to move the game.

However, none of this may matter as Chad's national team haven't shown up yet amid local reports suggesting they will request to delay the match.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) is expected to object to any possible request to delay the match as there is no emergency.

After a 1-0 away loss, Egypt need to win with more than a one goal difference if they want to continue to the World Cup that they haven't participated in since 1990.

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