FIFA has received Ghana’s request asking for a meeting with the top hierarchy of the world governing body over Egyptian security guarantees for the second-leg of the World Cup playoff should be played in Cairo, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The world football governing body says it will respond to Ghana’s request in the coming hours, , Ghana’s leading football news outfit can confirm.
The Ghanaian government wrote to FIFA this week to ask for the details of the security guarantees it received from Egyptian authorities before deciding to approve the match for the volatile Cairo.
Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah wrote to FIFA on Monday asking for the concrete evidence that the Egyptian capital was safe in the wake of the series of attacks, riots and deaths following the removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power.
FIFA has exclusively revealed to GHANAsoccernet.com that it has received the request for the Ghana government and will reply to the government in due course.
“We can confirm that we received a letter from Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah,” a FIFA spokesman told GHANAsoccernet.com exclusively.
“We will reply in due course.
“Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had earlier written to the world football governing body to express concern about the security situation in the Egyptian capital, while appealing to FIFA to find “a safe and secure venue” for the Nov 19 return leg.
But FIFA, in response to the GFA, confirmed Cairo as the venue for the second leg match following a recent visit by its security inspection delegation and after writing to Egypt to provide the sports body with guarantees on the security situation.
However, Ghana is seeking particulars for security guarantees for the Ghanaian players, technical team and supporters who will fly to Egypt for the match, as a matter of urgency.
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