In a letter signed by Ghana’s Minister of Youth & Sports Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the ministry posed several questions to the governing body seeking specific security details that they have put in place to guarantee the safety of the Ghanaian contingent that will make the journey to Cairo.
On Wednesday FIFA announced that the match would go ahead, despite the genuine security concerns raised by the Ghana Football Association.
In a letter addressed to the Ghana FA, FIFA revealed that their decision not to switch venues was based on ‘guarantees’ from the Egyptian government and FA to beef up security ahead of the clash, coupled with the fact that CAF had allowed Al-Ahly to play their CAF Champions League Final against Orlando Pirates in Cairo as well.
Though the ministry does not challenge FIFA’s decision to play the match in Cairo, they insist they need a little more clearance on the exact measures put in place by FIFA to contain the emotions of the Egyptian soccer fans in the aftermath of any result, during and after the game.
According to the letter, Ghana is ready and willing to play Egypt anywhere, but the ministry is asking FIFA who would be held liable, accountable and responsible in the event of any Ghanaian being harmed before, during or after the match.
The Egyptian government recently assured Ghanaians that they will allow 30 000 spectators into the stadium with very tight security presence to watch the game after the GFA wrote to FIFA asking for the match to be moved away from Egypt due to the political unrest in the country.