The Egyptian capital is buzzing with excitement ahead of Ghana’s arrival for the second-leg World Cup playoff on Tuesday.
The security situation in Cairo remains stable despite reports of civil and political unrest.
An advanced team from Metro FM arrived in Cairo on Friday evening to gauge the mood of the North African state ahead of the match.
The situation in Cairo has normalized with absolutely no hints of threats to life and property.
Kids were even seen playing football on the streets close to the residence of Ghana’s ambassador into the early hours of Saturday – providing further proof of improved safety in the Egyptian capital.
“In terms of the match preparations and everything we are ready,” Ambassador Said Sinare told Metro FM.
“We have been satisfied with the arrangements made so far by the Egyptian authorities.
“I have been here with them so I know what their capable of doing and all that in terms of security.
“People think Egypt is like Baghdad with talibans and all that but as you can see for yourself it is not so.
“About two three months ago the situation was quite alarming but for some four weeks now things have been very stable and I don’t foresee any problems.
“They [Egypt] want to make a statement with this game and will therefore do everything to avoid any situation.”
The Metro team will be visiting various tourist and entertainment centres in Cairo while speaking to the locals about their expectations towards Tuesday’s match at the Air Defence Stadium.
Ghana carry a healthy 6-1 advantage going into the second-leg match against the Pharaohs on Tuesday.
The Premier League Board has handed AshantiGold a US$ 250 (Gh? 500) fine for fans misconduct.
Eagles Keshi has said he wants his team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in style.
Zambia striker Jacob Mulenga is sidelined until January after suffering another injury setback at FC Utrecht.
Zambia midfielder Rainford Kalaba has made list of 21 nominees for the 2013 CAF African-based player award.
The Premier League Board has handed AshantiGold a US$ 250 (Gh¢ 500) fine for fans misconduct.
The incident occurred during their 2-0 derby clash defeat to New Edubiase at the Gyemfi’s Park in Bekwai.
That defeat on week 10 ended the unbeaten run of the Miners this season.
It was reported that after the second goal by Edubiase, supporters of AshantiGold pelted the Assistant 1 with sachet water.
In accordance with Article 35(3) (b) of the GFA Regulations, AshantiGold were handed the fine.
Hearts of Oak trio Kwaku Andoh, Selasie Adjei and Emmanuel Hayford have been fined US$ 250 (Gh¢ 500) each for misconduct on match day 9.
The three players verbally attacked the referee Yaw Ametepe and his assistants Joseph Sey and Samuel O. Boateng after their 1-0 defeat at AshantiGold.
A statement read: “In accordance with 35(3)(c), Players, Kwaku Andoh, Selasie Adjei and Hayford Emmanuel of Hearts of Oak are hereby fined Gh¢ 500.00 each.”
The match was played at the Obuasi Len Clay and the result happened to be Hearts’ second defeat of the season.
Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has defended his commitment to the Ghana cause despite missing two of the last qualifiers in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The Schalke 04 is yet to play his first match for the Black Stars since ending a self-imposed two-year exile from international football in August.
In September, the-26-year-old honoured an invitation to play against Zambia in the final Group D qualifier but was sidelined after picking up an injury in training.
Last month, he was unable to join his teammates prepare for the first leg tie against Egypt in Kumasi after picking up an injury before the international break while playing for his Bundesliga side.
Despite having plausible reasons for why showing up on these two occasions, it absence on these two occasions has nourished the perception among Ghanaian fans he is not fully committed.
But he sharply disagrees and says he only wants to show up when he is 100 percent fit.
“It is definitely not the case. I am always happy when I have to play for the Black Stars that is why I am here because I am a part of the team and the coach, the president and the players know I am always proud to be here,” Boateng told All Sports.
“Of course it is a bad situation because every time there is a national team game I have a problem. Of course I can’t come if I am injured. I wanna be 100 per cent, I wanna be able to give everything when I come to play for Ghana.”
Boateng was accused by some fans, mostly on social media, of malingering.
He added that: “Social network is an easy way to insult people and say bad things to them.”
“The last time that I could not come to play for Ghana people sent me messages that we were not nice including people praying that I got injured.
“These messages they are not nice because I love playing football, I love playing football for my club, I love playing football for the Ghana.”