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Ghana Is Concerned to Play in Cairo

Posted By Sports Talk Florida News Desk On October 8, 2013 @ 12:08 PM In soccer | No Comments

Egypt_Soccer_Riot_1 [1]The Ghana Football Association has written a letter to FIFA requesting next month’s World Cup play-off against Egypt be played at a neutral venue.

The second leg of the play-off, to be played on November 19th, is currently set to be played in Cairo after the Egyptian Football Association granted Bob Bradley’s request to play in the nation’s capital and in front of fans.

Arguing it is too dangerous to play the game in Cairo, Ghana is now requesting FIFA force Egypt to play the match at a “safe and secure” venue. “Our request is premised on the alarming and fast deteriorating security situation in Egypt,” Ghana officials wrote.

With last week’s riots in Cairo resulting in the deaths of 51 people, the GFA claimed some of its players expressed “grave concern over their safety for the match.”

“Much as we sympathize with our brothers at the Egyptian Football Association, we are highly concerned about the security and safety of our players, officials and supporters and would like Fifa to take the necessary steps to protect lives and from both Ghana and Egypt during the second-leg game,” the letter stated.

Source: Mike Prindville, NBC Sports [2]


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