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Pharaohs coach asks to play World Cup play-offs outside Egypt

Egypt's national team to play 2014 World Cup qualifiers outside the country due to security concerns

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 9 Sep 2013
Bob Bradley
Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. (R) stands next to his assistant Diaa El Sayed (Photo: Reuters)

Assistant coach for Egypt's national team, Diaa El-Sayed, revealed that the technical staff, headed by American coach Bob Bradley, are eager to play the 2014 World Cup play-offs outside Egypt for security reasons.

"Technical staff won't ask to play the World Cup playoffs in Egypt, so as not to put pressure on  military and police officials," El-Sayed told a television programme on Sunday.

Egypt will host Guinea in their final Group G match of the World Cup qualifiers in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna on Tuesday, after changing the venue from Cairo due to security reasons.

"We want to avoid distraction, as we need the players to concentrate on the games," he added.

Egypt ensured they would finish at the top of the group with one game to spare, after becoming the only African team to collect the maximum 15 points from five matches.

The Pharaohs are anxiously waiting for the 16 September draw to learn who they will face in the final two-legged playoff,  as they seek to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

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