FIFA assures Ghana officials over Cairo security

Ghana and Egypt will meet in the second leg of their African World Cup qualifying playoff on Nov. 19 in Cairo, and FIFA has reassured the Ghana FA over security measures in the volatile Egyptian capital.
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FIFA assured Ghana officials Monday that security ''guarantees'' are in place for next week's World Cup playoff in Egypt. The assurance comes a day after police and fans clashed in Cairo at the African Champions League final.

Plans for the playoff were unchanged after FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke met Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi in Togo. Ghana leads 6-1 entering the second leg on Nov. 19.

The Ghana federation cited a letter from Valcke saying there will be police escorts for players and officials in Cairo and ''sufficient'' security at team hotels and practice sites.

Trouble flared Sunday outside a different stadium in Cairo before Egypt's Al Ahly beat South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the African Champions League final. No injuries were reported, although police fired tear gas at hundreds of rioting Al Ahly fans before the game.

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