Egypt to play World Cup and CAN qualifiers in Borg El-Arab

Karim Farouk, Thursday 5 Apr 2012

The Pharaohs are to play in Alexandria after FIFA sanction

Egypt's striker Mohamed Nagi Gedo (Photo: Elsayed Abdel Kader)

Egypt has decided to play their home games in the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers in the military-owned stadium of Borg El-Arab following the FIFA sanction forcing the team to play two matches out of their home ground.

"We sent an official notification to the CAF (Confederation of African Football) saying that Borg El-Arab will be our official home ground during the qualifiers," Egypt's team director Samir Adli told MENA Thursday.

The Pharaohs were forced to play a couple of games out of their home ground after attacks on Algeria's team bus in November 2009 during a World Cup qualifier game.

Adli revealed that the Egyptian Football Association had initial plans to play the games in Port Said or Ismailiya, but following the Port Said disaster that left 74 dead and hundreds injured after a Masry-Ahly game they opted to play in Borg El-Arab in Alexandria.

The seven-time African champions will face the Central African Republic in CAN 2013 in June and kick off their Brazil 2014 campaign in the same month, as they have been paired with Guinea, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Group G.

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