Egypt must provide guarantees


FIFA have responded to Ghana’s request to move the match to a neutral venue by giving the Egyptian Football Association an October 28 deadline to provide comprehensive security assurances for the second leg of the play off tie between the two countries which determines a place at next year’s finals in Brazil.

FIFA said they would consider switching the venue for the November 19 match from Cairo if they are not satisfied with the security plans.

“Although all our hopes and wishes sincerely expect that the security situation (in Egypt) will go back to normal in a definite manner we would need to consider alternatives in the event that this were not the case in November,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote in a letter to both associations. Ghana released it to reporters on Saturday.

“We will this keep monitoring the situation as possibly revert to you with additional request/enquiries in due course,” he added.

Ghana asked FIFA to move the venue because of the political unrest in the North African country.

“We are seriously concerned about the security and safety of our delegation and spectators if the match would be played in Egypt as events in the country pointedly indicate that our delegation could be exposed to danger as the violence and insecurity in the country continues relentlessly,” the Ghana Football Association wrote to FIFA.

Ghana host the first leg of the play-off on Tuesday in Kumasi.