November 19, 2013 is the date for the return leg clash between Ghana V Egypt, but Ghana Football Association requests to the FIFA authorities to change the venue due to security concerned.
Ghana Football Association on Monday sent the letter to FIFA about their concerned for the game to take place in Cairo, Egypt due to recent political tension in the North African country which has taken so many innocent lives.
In a letter sent to FIFA, The Ghana Football Association (GFA), humbly request to the authorities to review the current situation in Egypt.
Mr. Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup and Olympic Qualifiers to the ten countries participating in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-offs for Africa have approved the letter which is sent to the FIFA.
It’s almost two years that Egypt played their games without fans support especially qualifying matches with Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Guinea for the 2014 World Cup.
One of the biggest rivals in local league Al Ahly and Zamalek, their recent match in the CAF Champions League is being played under closed stadium with high security due to current conditions in Egypt.
Two weeks ago a fan died in the clash between the supporters of Zamalek and security forces nearby the club headquarters.
It is not only the concerned of GFA but also by some Ghana Black Stars players over their security ahead of the match with Egypt in Cairo later this year.
The latest news from Egypt is that – less than 24 hours from now and almost 50 people have died following protests in the Cairo between the President Mohammed Morsi supporters and the security forces.
Media reports, “at least nine soldiers and police officers have been killed during a clash in two different places with the supporters.”
The Ghana Football Association is really concerned about the safety of their fans and team members.
Also mentioned by the GFA that this will be not the first time that a country is playing their home matches in another venue. We have many examples like Cote D’Ivoire played in Ghana due to civil disturbances in their country, another one is Libya, played their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Tunisia. So that will be not a matter to be discussed, what is more important is the security of the fans and the officials.
“We are with Egypt in these critical situations but also on the other hand, we concerned about the safety of our players, officials and supporters and request FIFA to take some positive steps before this game.” Says GFA
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