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South Africa-Egypt moved to military stadium

The South African Football Association says its team's crucial African Cup qualifier in troubled Egypt has been moved to a military stadium in Cairo

AP, Thursday 26 May 2011
Egypt vs South Africa
South Africa's Steven Pienaar, left, challenges Egypt's Sayed Noawad for the ball during their African Cup of Nations qualifier match in Johannesburg (Photo: AP)
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SAFA said Thursday it had been informed by Egypt's FA that the June 5 game would now take place at the 22,000-seat Cairo Military Stadium and not the much bigger Cairo International Stadium.

The Cairo International Stadium saw a violent pitch invasion by home fans in a club game last month, one of a string of incidents of crowd trouble in north African football this year.

SAFA said recently it was receiving security advice ahead of the trip.

Seven-time African champion Egypt is attempting to avoid an embarrassing elimination from the qualifying tournament against a backdrop of turmoil in Cairo.

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