Only 10,000 To Be Allowed Into Stadium In Cairo

GyanOnly 10,000 fans will be allowed into the Air Defense Stadium for next Tuesday’s Brazil 2014 World Cup playoff return leg between Egypt and Ghana in Cairo.

The rest of the 20,000 capacity will be filled by the security personnel on duty. This directive has been clearly spelt out in the detailed security plan for the decisive 19 November clash.

Authorities do not want to take chances at all after skirmishes between fans and police outside a stadium in Cairo on Sunday before Egypt’s Al Ahly beat South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the final of the African Champions League.

No injuries were reported, although police fired tear gas at hundreds of rioting Al Ahly fans ahead of kickoff outside the Arab Contractors Stadium.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke wrote in a letter to the Ghana FA that permanent police escorts for players and officials, and ”sufficient” security at team hotels and at training sessions.

”The security plan has been designed in order to ensure total protection for all the delegations (Ghana, Egypt and Fifa) from arrival up to departure,” Valcke wrote in his letter, according to the GFA.

Ghana won the first leg 6-1 on aggregate and are likely to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
Meanwhile,Egypt coach Bob Bradley has admitted the Pharaohs lack clinical finishers at the moment ahead of the World Cup play-off return leg against Ghana.
Bradley, who has unveiled his 25-man squad for the November 19 battle in Cairo, said bringing Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala” in the first leg did not work well for his side and has to change his approach.

The Zamalek striker, according to the American, was introduced in the game to frustrate the four-time African champions, but that plan backfired.

“I included Shikabala in the Egypt lineup for the Ghana encounter to put stress on the opponent’s defence,” Bradley said over the weekend. “Egypt’s squad suffers a lack of sharp strikers, as Gedo, Amr Zaki and Zidan are away from playing for a long time.”
The Black Stars beat the Pharaohs 6-1 during the first leg on October 15 in Kumasi and the seven-time African champions’ hopes of making it to the World Cup since 1990 can only materialize if they record a 5-0 results in Cairo.

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