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Ahly-Pirates clash to give Ghana 'idea about security situation in Egypt'

Ghana say they will monitor Ahly's clash against Orlando Pirates in the Champions League final before facing Egypt in the second leg of the World Cup playoff

Ahram Online, Tuesday 5 Nov 2013
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Ghana hammered Egypt 6-1 in the World Cup playoff first-leg in Kumasi (Photo: AP)
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Ghana will be closely watching Ahly's Champions League final clash against South Africa's Orlando Pirates to assess the security situation in Egypt ahead of the 19 November World Cup playoff.

The Black Stars are worried over their safety in Cairo after their request to move the World Cup playoff second-leg outside Egypt was turned down by world governing body FIFA.

"We will be monitoring the game between Al Ahly and Orlando Pirates to see whether we can draw some conclusions about the situation in Cairo ahead of our game," Ghana's management committee member Yaw Boateng told Metro FM.

''I understand clubs playing against each other is not the same as national team battles but at least it will give us a fair idea of the situation at hand.''

Title holders Ahly host the Pirates in the second leg of the Champions League final at Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo on Sunday. They are favourites to retain their crown, having held the South Africans to a 1-1 first-leg draw in Soweto.

Egypt are likely to miss out on their first World Cup appearance in 24 years after they were hammered by Ghana 6-1 in Kumasi in the first leg last month.

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