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Ghana ordered to play qualifier in Cairo

FIFA have rejected the Ghana Football Association's request to have their World Cup play-off against Egypt moved from Cairo because of security concerns.

Egypt and Ghana will battle it out for a place at the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana take a 6-1 lead into the second leg.

Ghana urged FIFA to find an alternative "safe and secure venue" because of fears over player and crowd safety. 

But the match, due to be played on November 19, will go ahead in Egypt's capital, with Ghana all but assured of World Cup quailfication following their 6-1 romp in the first leg.

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The GFA confirmed that they received assurance from FIFA and Ghanaian fans would be allowed to enter the Air Defence Stadium.

"FIFA says the World Cup play-off between Egypt and Ghana will go ahead in Cairo despite a request for next month's game be moved to a neutral venue," a statement on the association's official website read.

"The Ghana Football Association expressed concern at the security situation in the Egyptian capital, as it urged world football's governing body to find 'a safe and secure venue' for the November 19 return leg.

"But FIFA in response to the GFA on Wednesday confirmed Cairo as the venue for the second-leg match following a recent visit by its security inspection delegation after writing to Egypt to provide the sport body with guarantees on the security situation for next month's tie.

"FIFA added that the decision of CAF (Confederation of African Football) to host the Champions League final on 10 November at the Air Defence Stadium shows that 'the current situation in Egypt has turned back to normal', the letter from the world governing body read.

"The decision means football fans will be allowed into the Air Defence Stadium for the game."


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