Egypt are desperate to host Ghana in Cairo in the second-leg of 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff even though the venue has been closed down to football matches because of the political and social unrest in the country.
Defender Ahmed Elmohamady says everything must be done to ensure that the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium is opened to ensure they have maximum support when they host Ghana in the decisive clash.
The Black Stars must travel to the north African country in November to face the Pharaohs but the intimidating Cairo International Stadium has been closed down for the fear of the start of fresh protests during a match.
With the league kick-off delayed in Egypt for security reasons and a curfew still in place across the country, the home fixture might be played outside Cairo, the capital, and behind closed doors.
But the Egyptian FA are working hard to remedy the situation and Elmohamady believes a Cairo match in front of the home fans could prove crucial in their bid to make next summer’s finals in Brazil.
“It’s a fact that Ghana are the strongest in the continent, they are very solid technically,” the England-based defender Ahmed Elmohamady told Sport360°.
“But we are also lucky that we are playing the second match at home and I am really hoping that it gets played in Cairo and that they allow us to play in front of our fans not behind closed doors. That’s the real hope,” he says.
Egypt suffered a 3-0 defeat to Ghana in a friendly early this year in Abu Dhabi on the eve of the African Cup of Nations.
The Black Stars are ranked some 26 places higher than their 50th-placed opponents.