Egypt-Burundi game to be played in Ismailia

Hatem Maher, Friday 7 Jan 2011

Football association announced Egypt's match against Burundi in the Nile Basin tournament will be played in Ismailia instead of usual stadium

Ismailia Stadium
Ismailia Stadium to host Egypt v Burundi

Egypt’s game against Burundi in the Nile Basin friendly tournament has been moved from Cairo to Ismailia, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Friday.

“Ismailia will host Tuesday’s match between Egypt and Burundi,” the EFA said in a statement on its official website.

“Both teams welcomed the decision as it will allow the Ismailia-based fans to watch the Egyptian national team in action.

“The EFA wants different Egyptian governorates to participate in hosting the Nile Basin tournament.”

The Pharaohs usually hold their home games at Cairo Stadium but in recent months they have preferred to go elsewhere in the country, encouraged by the enthusiastic atmosphere fans create in coastal cities.

Egypt thumped Tanzania 5-1 in their opening Group A game of the tournament, which includes seven upstream Nile Basin countries.

They face Uganda, who also have three points after beating Burundi 3-1, in their next game on Saturday.

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