Ghanaian supporters hoping to travel to Egypt for the second-leg tie of the 2014 World Cup qualifier under the sponsorship of the government have been handed a huge blow as a decision has been made not to take fans for the November 19 clash for security reasons, 90 MINUTES has gathered.
According to our sources, the Minister of Sports Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah together with the Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi held a meeting with some security experts in Accra on Friday over the situation in Cairo.
It was concluded that it was not worth it to risk the life of people so no supporter union will be sponsored for trip – a nice way to discourage Ghanaians fans wishing to travel for the match to stay off for their own safety. The Egypt FA has already communicated that it will be able to provide adequate security to 500 Ghanaian fans.
The government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has as well written a 4 page letter to the world football governing body, FIFA, seeking urgent seeking guarantees for Ghanaian players, technical team, media and supporters [who may still travel for the match on their own volition.] to travel to Cairo for the return match on November 19
90 MINUTES understands these security concerns informed the GFA’s decision to set up an 8-day camping base for the Black Stars in Addis Ababa which is almost 4hours away from Cairo by flight. The Black Stars will arrive in Cairo in the early hours of Monday, November 18 – a day to the match. They will as per FIFA regulations, train at the Air Defence Stadium later in the evening.
Ghana holds a 6-1 first leg advantage over Egypt in the 2014 World Cup playoffs.