2014 WCQ: Egypt FA insists Ghana game to be held in Cairo

first_imgEgyptian FA officials are adamant that the World Cup qualifying playoff return leg will be staged in Cairo despite Ghana’s request to FIFA to switch the game to a neutral venue.The Ghana FA called on FIFA to hold the second leg – which is to be played in the presence of fans – outside Egypt after bloody political clashes had erupted in the North African nation during the past couple of days.The Egyptian FA, however, seems positive that the decisive fixture will be held in Cairo on November 19 as initially planned.”The second leg match will be held in Cairo on 19 November and this is final. Authorities promised to provide heavy security for the game,” EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed told Ahram Online.”We are in communication with the governing body of football (FIFA) to explain the matter and Hani Abou-Rida [FIFA executive committee member] is currently making great efforts to solve the problem.Unfounded In the same manner, Egyptian FA president Gamal Allam rejects the notion that the Ghana clash will be threatened by insecurity.”These claims are unfounded and we reject all demands to play the game outside Egypt. We are capable of securing any game, not just the Ghana one,” Allam said.”Ahli and Zamalek have been playing their games in the African Champions League in Egypt without any problems.”last_img read more

Then there were two: Sourav Ganguly narrows down India’s No.4 candidates to 2 prospects

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement sbrxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs78hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eei4w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rvyzdWould you ever consider trying this?😱caCan your students do this? 🌚bg39rRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s batting spine has had a gaping hole with the deterioration of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina’s form, and now with MS Dhoni seemingly out of the picture. The Men In Blue have to find a new heir to the “cursed” No.4 spot. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesKL Rahul was handed the responsibility of batting at No.4 but has failed to keep a hold of it. The right-handed batsman has also lost his test spot due to poor form. With the doors to the position yet again, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that the spot can be taken up by either Shreyas Iyer or Manish Pandey.“With Rohit and Shikhar at the top as the best possible opening pair, KL Rahul will be pushed. He has lost his place in Test cricket due to indifferent form and the likes of Shreyas and Manish Pandey will keep him on his toes if he wants to hold onto the No. 4 slot,”  he wrote in his column for the Times Of India.Advertisement He also added that Iyer’s good outing in the 50-over format helped him get into the side for the shortest format of the game.Read Also:Advertisement ‘Great player’ Virat Kohli lauded by Shahid Afridi after breaking numerous records last nightIf Steve Smith was an Indian his unorthodox style would’ve been welcomed claims former coach   Advertisementlast_img read more