The Pharaohs Will Fall In Cairo




2013 AFCON - Ghana v Congo DRWith that thumping victory 6-1 over the Pharaohs of Egypt in the first leg qualification play-off to the World Cup, Ghana’s Black Stars may have been hugely motivated going to Cairo on November 19, for the crucial return tie.

Perhaps, they would be carrying a sledge hammer in hand to finish off the deal. Winning massively at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi last month puts the Stars in pole position ahead of the Cairo tie – a venue which many have raised security concerns at.

It is interesting to know that though Egypt appears destabilised by political differences and civil riots, FIFA still wanted the match to be played at the Air DefenCe stadium, in the capital.

Some players of the Ghanaian team and fans may have been psychologically disturbed ahead of the game and the Ghanaian authorities have been trying to persuade the football governing body to change the venue but as it stands now preparations are ongoing for the big game to come on in Cairo.

Indeed, GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi must be right with his warning to FIFA. “we will hold FIFA responsible because it is FIFA who owns the competition”. If FIFA owns the competition, does FIFA own the competitiors? This is human life we might be playing with.

If we quite remember in Angola 2010 when the bus of the national team of Togo came under attack resulting in team members losing their lives, one thinks FIFA should have taken this as a precedent by moving the match away from Cairo.”

With FIFA still adamant, by now, Coach Kwasi Appiah and his boys must have been putting things together for the ‘voyage’ to Egypt. What is important is that they must totally forget about the 6-1 triumph and go all out as though nothing happened in the first leg.
The Stars must psyche themselves up really well because when it comes to intimidating opponents in football, north African countries stand tall in this respect as have been documented in the club competitions.

Many are of the view that going to the land of the Pharaohs will be a walk in the park – in view of the massive advantage – but football is full of surprises and uncertainties so the psychologist of the team needs to do an extra job by psyching up the team to go for the kill and secure the deserved ticket to Brazil 2014.

Nonetheless, fans who will be making it to Cairo should have one thing in mind – and that is safety. We have almost qualified so there is no need of inciting the rival fans to anger. Decency, respect, and normal cheering must be the motive of all supporters making it for the Egyptian battle.

All the best to each and every player who made it to the team and better luck next time to those who failed to make the cut.
Egypt may be full of chaos, but information reaching available suggests that adequate security measures have been put in place for a very smooth match.

Per the performance of the two teams, it would be a shock to see the Stars losing in Cairo. It appears like Ghana is going to romp to yet another win again since the Stars are in better shape – stronger, technically better, more skilful, hungrier and focused. 
By Nyanfeiku Andor

WITH that thumping victory 6-1 over the Pharaohs of Egypt in the first leg qualification play-off to the World Cup, Ghana’s Black Stars may have been hugely motivated going to Cairo on November 19, for the crucial return tie.
Perhaps, they would be carrying a sledge hammer in hand to finish off the deal.
Winning massively at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi last month puts the Stars in pole position ahead of the Cairo tie – a venue which many have raised security concerns at.
It is interesting to know that though Egypt appears destabilised by political differences and civil riots, FIFA still wanted the match to be played at the Air DefenCe stadium, in the capital.
Some players of the Ghanaian team and fans may have been psychologically disturbed ahead of the game and the Ghanaian authorities have been trying to persuade the football governing body to change the venue but as it stands now preparations are ongoing for the big game to come on in Cairo.
Indeed, GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi must be right with his warning to FIFA.
“we will hold FIFA responsible because it is FIFA who owns the competition”. If FIFA owns the competition, does FIFA own the competitiors? This is human life we might be playing with. If we quite remember in Angola 2010 when the bus of the national team of Togo came under attack resulting in team members losing their lives, one thinks FIFA should have taken this as a precedent by moving the match away from Cairo.”
With FIFA still adamant, by now, Coach Kwasi Appiah and his boys must have been putting things together for the ‘voyage’ to Egypt. What is important is that they must totally forget about the 6-1 triumph and go all out as though nothing happened in the first leg.
The Stars must psyche themselves up really well because when it comes to intimidating opponents in football, north African countries stand tall in this respect as have been documented in the club competitions.
Many are of the view that going to the land of the Pharaohs will be a walk in the park – in view of the massive advantage – but football is full of surprises and uncertainties so the psychologist of the team needs to do an extra job by psyching up the team to go for the kill and secure the deserved ticket to Brazil 2014.
Nonetheless, fans who will be making it to Cairo should have one thing in mind – and that is safety. We have almost qualified so there is no need of inciting the rival fans to anger. Decency, respect, and normal cheering must be the motive of all supporters making it for the Egyptian battle.
All the best to each and every player who made it to the team and better luck next time to those who failed to make the cut.
Egypt may be full of chaos, but information reaching available suggests that adequate security measures have been put in place for a very smooth match.
Per the performance of the two teams, it would be a shock to see the Stars losing in Cairo. It appears like Ghana is going to romp to yet another win again since the Stars are in better shape – stronger, technically better, more skilful, hungrier and focused.

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