Egypt-Ghana post-match press conference cancelled

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

The normal meeting with the media was apparently cancelled for security reasons

American Bob Bradley, the head coach of Egypt's national soccer team, watches during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg match between Ghana and Egypt, at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (Photo: AP)

Security authorities have cancelled the press conference scheduled to be held after the game between Egypt and Ghana in the second leg of the World Cup qualifiers playoff.

No official reason has been given but circulating reports claim that the security forces wanted to empty the stadium quickly and take the Ghanaian delegation back to their heavily secured hotel.

The game was held on Tuesday in 30 June Stadium, a military-owned stadium in Cairo, under tight security.

There was a heavy security presence at the game, including both police and military personnel. The match is the first international game to be held in Cairo without a crowd ban in more than 18 months.

Ghana had last month requested that FIFA relocate the game to a neutral venue, citing Egypt's critical security and political situation. Last week, however, the Ghanaians expressed satisfaction with security measures in Egypt.

Egypt beat Ghana 2-1, but it wasn't enough to overturn their 6-1 thrashing in the first leg.

The atmosphere in the stadium was upbeat and no security incidents were reported.

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