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Only 10,000 will be permitted to watch Egypt-Ghana playoff

Published on: 11 November 2013

Only 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.


  • Susubiribi says:
    November 11, 2013 03:17 pm
    Don't you believe the security personnel themselves would start causing mayhem when they realize their pharaohs are "down?" In such a case, the damage would be far greater than what the ordinary fans would cause without weapons. Maybe, I am going 'nuts' but isn't this a scenario worth taking a look at? I am just not sure of the whole situation, but I pray that God help us come out of Egypt safely with the best generation of the Black Stars. Take a look at what transpired before the championship club game. And that was ONLY supposed to be club supporters - in which they were in pole position coming out of South Africa, with an away-goal advantage. Now you have a whole nation with a bruised ego. Remember, Egypt is the best football nation in the Arab world. Before all these things started happening, I thought it was ONLY Black Africans who were thought of as violent. I do not means to demean anyone, but the situation in which we find these great STARS is disturbing. Again, I pray to God they return to their places of origin after the match. This is a big headache.
  • Stranger Danger says:
    November 12, 2013 09:18 pm
    along with the threats of conservative hardcore Al Ahly fans, security risks from fans that caused tear gas to be deployed into crowds, and green lasers to distract the Orlando Pirates from successfully winning the match ... yea,I think Orlando was welcomed warmly.
  • Stranger Danger says:
    November 12, 2013 09:34 pm
    I wish i could smack the stupidity out of you through my laptop, but then if i did there would be nothing left in your skull.
  • Ashantigreats says:
    November 11, 2013 02:37 pm
    Arabs are arabs,be it Christian or muslim i dont know Why They are putting folks lives at risk.Can someone answer me was Swizerland Playing', against. Egypt. would this Blatter allow the game to go on at the hands of these terrorist? Macus children suffer and we Will be still suffering.No respect for bongo i dread.
  • EA1us says:
    November 11, 2013 03:13 pm
    I think a ratio of 2:1 is good enough protection. The MIGHTY STARS now have to FOCUS on the task at hand and ACCOMPLISH the MISSION one more time. Early first goal is all we need to quiet the crowd. GOD BLESS GHANA!!
    November 11, 2013 02:57 pm
    Anything can fall upon ghanaians in Cairo. Rebels may want to make a name there so expect that your players will turn back torned in peaces by heavy suicide bombers.
  • EA1us says:
    November 11, 2013 02:58 pm
    I think the ratio of 2:1 is good enough protection. The MIGHTY STARS now have to FOCUS on the task at hand and ACCOMPLISH the MISSION one more time. Early first goal is all we need to quiet the crowd. GOD BLESS GHANA!!
  • Ashantigreats says:
    November 11, 2013 02:51 pm
    Arabs are arabs, be it. Christian or muslim.can someoneone answer me if Egypt Were suppose to play swizerland would that. Useless blatter allow the match to go on.?why jeopardise folks lives at the hands of these terrorists?Macus children suffer since the day we Were born.No. Respect for natty bongo i
  • BERNIITO says:
    November 11, 2013 01:21 pm
    thanks folks for ignoring these earthworms on this site. continue commenting on issues rather than wasting precious time on these "agberos". that's what they're called here in lagos. folks, nothing evil will befall any of the entire delegation. whether Cairo or calabar, Abuja or Maiduguri, we'll still beat them 2-1.
  • banger says:
    November 11, 2013 01:17 pm
  • Harry says:
    November 11, 2013 01:05 pm
    @Egyptian.Where are u goat.Did u say your country is safe?How can u have 20000 Security personnel watch over 10000 funs and u foolishly think Egypt is safe.@Noni,go chop your house matter.Naija has not qualified oo.
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 11, 2013 12:48 pm
    HAHAHA. wow, 20,000 police to look after 10,000 hooligans???? why not move the match to UAE or some other arab country where u could get 30,000 suppers in??? anyway, their loss.
  • lion-fire says:
    November 11, 2013 12:35 pm
    Go cry your own nobody...Stop craving for attention here, you attention who re. your own people have no time and respect for you so you walking into other people business. You not a Ghanaian, we don't need you. Your support is what will take us down, so we don't need your support...
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    November 11, 2013 12:18 pm
    It is only maggots that believes the table can't be turned! it is only cows that believes the Egyptians will not put 5 goals passed Dauda...... Nuff said
  • Troublenoman says:
    November 11, 2013 12:15 pm
    Mensah I so agree with u..FIFA official must be presence even blatter must be there...God forbid tho,incase anything happen they go through it too..
  • kuukuphilly says:
    November 11, 2013 11:30 am
    FIFA knows clearly the situation in Cairo is volatile but refusing to succumb to our demands...
  • mensah says:
    November 11, 2013 11:19 am
    The presence of 20000 security personnel is ok, but Fifa officials must also be present.
  • PITO says:
    November 11, 2013 11:21 am
    Akwasi Appiah must encourage the players to play to the best of their ability one more time to teach stubborn Egyptian authorities another lesson. Why play in front of 20,000 security personnel? will they be cheering the pharoahs on? if not then why not play on neutral ground? WE MUST WIN THIS GAME AND WIN WELL to sound a warning to our opponents at the Worldcup that Ghana means BUSINESS!
  • Viper says:
    November 11, 2013 11:00 am
    If you have to play a football in presence of 20000 military personnel due to fear of fans,then whats the point???? Its either Cairo is safe to freely host the match or it isn't.Simple.
  • Lusaka City Council says:
    November 12, 2013 12:52 pm
    Ass wipe!
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 11, 2013 03:40 pm
    the pharaohs are already down. the only thing this match is going to do is mummify them, open the sarcophagus and throw them in it. besides, if anything happens, EFA can forever kiss their fifa membership goodbye.
  • EA1us says:
    November 11, 2013 03:49 pm
    @ Susubiribi, bro I'll not disagree with you, in a place of anarchy strange things can happen. At this moment, I don't believe the security personnel could instigate any turbulence tho. I don't think we're being too meticulous rather, cos precious lives are at risk.
  • EA1us says:
    November 11, 2013 03:57 pm
    @ Susubiribi, bro I'll not disagree with you, in a place of anarchy strange things can happen. At this moment, I don't believe the security personnel could instigate any turbulence tho. Also, I don't think we're being too meticulous either, cos precious lives are at risk. Good comment bro.
  • Albert EINSTEIN says:
    November 11, 2013 05:17 pm
    I wants to know the whole EGYPTIAN SECURITY SERVICES.I dont think both the ARMY and the POLICE will REACH 30.000,, as I adds the ARMY and POLICE services ...SO upon my calculations, EGYPT promised 30.000 spectators to watch the match..10.000 Spectators plus 20.000 Security Services is the same as promised to watch the match next week..There is no change of the figures, cos the POLICE and the ARMY wil never reach 30.000 in EGYPTIAN Services..That is RUBBISH..Ghana now have to concerntrates how we can goes to BRAZIL 2014..
  • Lusaka City Council says:
    November 11, 2013 06:00 pm
    For Egypt to beat Ghana they should watch Zambia vs Ghana 2013 WCQ and Ghana vs Zambia, 2013 WCQ. Egypt should pay special attention to the 2013, Turkey vs Ghana game. In the above mentioned matches, one can easily see, Ghana has problems with compact teams and is lost when the opposing team engages in coordinated play. Ghana are strong when you play an open game and allow their players to dwell on the ball. Egypt need to score on average, every 15minutes which isn’t impossible given the poor positioning of Dauda. Dauda has good reflexes, comes out quickly but is wanting in terms of positioning! The Ghanaian defense is shakey and easily caught out of position with quick passes and set play! Stop the link play between Ghana’s midfielders and their strikers (Gyan) and you will carry the day! Look to score 2 goals in the first twenty and the third goal will open the door to more goals!
  • Heavy says:
    November 11, 2013 06:42 pm
    It is time to ignore this son of a boko haram rapist father and harlot mother. Let's concentrate on our game.
  • Chiku says:
    November 11, 2013 07:18 pm
    Come on Egypt we know you can ....goals goals is what we want.
  • Stranger Danger says:
    November 11, 2013 09:44 pm
    stfu you ugly whore, for you to think egypt can beat ghana at this time is one of the most ludicrous thoughts alongside that claim that egypt is safe. stop spamming every article with your imbecilic mind.
  • Moai says:
    November 11, 2013 09:46 pm
  • Orlando says:
    November 12, 2013 12:46 am
    We were welcomed warmly with a red carpet upon our arrival in Cairo not to mention the 5-Star hotel plus the good food.
  • PITO says:
    November 12, 2013 04:02 am
    and how will a compact team score 5 goals my timid friend? hahahaaa. how many goals did "compact" chimpolopolos score against the Blackstars? Support the best or get a heart attack bitch! hahahahaa
  • African Consciousness says:
    November 12, 2013 04:06 am
    This is got to be embarrassing for FIFA. Intimidation tactics against the Black Stars but it will not work. Why not just have a normal soccer match between two teams with a great African soccer tradition. It is not too late to move the game to Turkey or the UAE. If the game must be in Egypt then so be it. The Black Stars will beat the Pharaohs at home and not a hair on any Ghanaian will be touched. This is FIFA's guarantee. This is Egypt's Guarantee, safety for every soccer fan in the Air Defense Stadium.
    November 12, 2013 04:40 am
    Viper, please read the article carefully. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000. 10,000 fans will be allowed into the stadium. The rest of the 10,000 seats will be occupied by security personnel.
  • BTY says:
    November 12, 2013 07:05 am
    BERNITO , I taught you have been sent on exile,,, so why you come here dey yarn opata???? You live in lagos? Where? Ghetto abi for under bridge? Wait Fashola and his men dey come bundle u back to ur country. Shameless hemaphrodite like u. Na u and your entire family be agbero... U dey hear me so??? My advice for u puff-puff seller and shoe shiner, is to save the kobo wey u dey get use am buy Ghana must go bags, because sooner than u expect dem go deport you back to ur Gay country abi ur Dzorwulu ghetto . Anuofia! Uturu gbagbukwa gi Ebe afu...... Unyi di ka gi. Anu mpama...... Orie bajee for there!