Ghana have thanked FIFA and the Egyptian authorities for providing excellent security for the Ghanaian delegation for the second-leg World Cup qualifier against the Pharaohs.
Ghana raised security concerns prior to the match played due to political unrest in Egypt.
The Ghana FA even wrote to FIFA requesting the change of venue for the match over these concerns.
The FA also held a meeting with FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke involving Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in Togo to express these concerns before the game.
FIFA however stuck to their guns by insisting the game will go on in Cairo amidst several security assurances from the Egyptian authorities.
The Ghanaian delegation flew into Cairo, played the game (which the Black Stars lost 2-1) and returned without a hitch.
The impressive organisation of the Egyptian authorities drew several commendations from the Ghanaian delegation.
Ghana Minister of Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has again re-emphasized the nation’s gratitude to FIFA and the Egyptian authorities for the safety and security enjoyed by the Ghanaian delegation while in Cairo during a meeting with Jerome Valcke ahead of the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil.
”Our genuine concerns about security in Cairo were addressed methodically and surgically by our hosts in Egypt thanks to the collaboration with the Ghana Football Association, FIFA as well as Egyptian and Ghanaian state security,” the Minister acknowledged.
”It must be put on record that the authorities in Egypt provided top class security and protocol to ensure the comfort of the entire contingent from Ghana.
”On behalf of His Excellency President Mahama, the GFA and the people of Ghana, I wish to thank the Egyptian FA and FIFA for safeguarding the good of the beautiful game at all times and keeping their promise of ensuring the safety of team Ghana before, during and after the match.”
Ghana qualified to the World Cup despite a 2-1 loss to Egypt in the game played at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo.
The Black Stars had recorded a massive 6-1 result in the first leg meeting – meaning Ghana progressed on a 7-3 aggregate scoreline.