Egypt are counting the advantages of a decision to lift a crowd ban when they host Ghana next month as they aim to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.
The Pharaohs’ technical staff breathed a sigh of relief after the Egyptian Sports minister announced that the home World Cup decider would take place at the army-owned Air Defence Stadium in Cairo on 19 November.
“We are very happy with this decision. We were also hoping the game would be played at Cairo Stadium but we are fully aware of the country’s situation,” Egypt assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed said.
“Firstly, we are used to playing on that pitch. We now don’t need to go anywhere outside Cairo; any such trips would have left the players exhausted ahead of the match.
“The fans’ presence will also motivate the players and help them realize the dream of reaching the World Cup.”
The first leg of the playoff will be played in Kumasi on 15 October.