2014 World Cup : FIFA maintains Cairo for Egypt-Ghana return tie

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The World Football governing body FIFA has accepted Egypt’s assurances over security in Cairo where the Pharaohs host Ghana in the Ultimate round of qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014.

According to weebly.com, FIFA said its decision is based on guarantees from the Egyptian government and the decision to allow Al Ahly play their Orange CAF Champions League second leg final in the city. It should be recalled that Ghana had earlier requested for Cairo to be changed as venue for their return leg 2014 World Cup playoff. In the first leg, the Black Stars of Ghana crushed Egypt 6-1 in Kumasi.
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A Dynamic But Friendly Match

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