Ghana, FIFA satisfied with Egypt's security measures

Ahram Online, Friday 15 Nov 2013

Ghana's football officials say they are satisfied with Egypt's security measures ahead of Tuesday's World Cup playoff

Ghana vs Egypt
Ghana crushed Egypt 6-1 in the World Cup playoff first-leg in Kumasi on 15 October (Photo: Reuters)

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) and world governing body FIFA said Egypt's security measures were satisfactory ahead of Tuesday's World Cup playoff second-leg.

The build-up to the game has been dominated by Ghana's safety fears, having asked FIFA more than once to move the game outside Egypt, which has been gripped by political turmoil since the 3 July ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

FIFA turned down Ghana's requests after they were given security guarantees by Egypt.

"The three parties - FIFA, Ghana and Egypt - are satisfied that adequate measures are in place for the security of players, officials, media personnel and supporters for the match," the GFA and Egyptian FA said in a joint statement.

Egypt will host Ghana at the army-owned 30 June Stadium in Cairo. Up to 30,000 supporters will be allowed to attend the game after Egyptian authorities lifted a months-old crowd ban.

The Pharaohs are highly unlikely to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990, having suffered a humiliating 6-1 first-leg defeat by Ghana in Kumasi.

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