FIFA delegation to inspect security plans in Cairo ahead of Egypt-Ghana clash
A FIFA delegation led by Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi will be visiting Egypt within the next 48 hours to appraise themselves with the security arrangements ahead of the World Cup playoff.
The Black Stars will be travelling to Cairo to face the Pharaohs in the second-leg of the ultimate qualifier for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Ghana FA have however raised concerns over the security situation in the troubled Egyptian capital ahead of the November 19 clash.
FIFA in its bid to re-assure the Ghanaian delegation of their safety for the match will be sending a delegation to Cairo headed by the GFA boss to understand the security arrangements for the game put in place by the Egyptian authorities.
“They [fans] can be assured that we are doing altogether the maximum for them to attend this game and for Ghana to play in the best condition as by the way for Egypt,” FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke disclosed after meeting with a Ghanaian officials including the Sports Minter Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and football ambassador Abedi Pele in Lome, Togo on Monday.
“I mean there are two teams on the pitch and they have to play together.
“What we have decided in order to bring even more feeling of insurance for Ghana is that we will organize in the next 48 hours a visit led by the President of the Ghana Football Association in Egypt to meet with our [FIFA] security officer but also the Egyptian authorities.
“And for this delegation from Ghana to have a full introduction of the system which will be in place for the game so they can see with their own eyes, they can feel the level of organization which will be in place for the game.
“I think it is important and that is the way to make Ghana feel comfortable to move to Egypt to play this game.”
Concerns for the game remain rife after the firing of teargas to disperse a crowd in Sunday’s Champions League final between Al Ahly and Orlando Pirates.
The FIFA general secretary however remains confident Sunday’s incident will not affect the November 19 cash.