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Cairo cleared to host playoff

2013-09-25 20:00
Egypt (AP Photo)
Cairo - Egypt's national football team will play in Cairo for the first time in two years, and for a spot in the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

Egypt hasn't qualified for the SWC since 1990, but under former United States coach Bob Bradley it progressed to the final two-leg playoffs for a place in Brazil next year with a perfect six wins in its group, the only team out of 40 to do that.

Bradley also had called for the playoff against 2010 World Cup quarterfinalist Ghana to be held in Cairo and in front of fans to boost the Egyptians' chances of making it to football's main event.

"We would love to play in Cairo," Bradley had said after the playoff draw last week in Cairo.

Since then, Egypt's national team has played in Alexandria and more recently in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna to avoid the unrest that has swept through Cairo and other major cities.

Despite being the record seven-time African champion, Egypt's football has been tied to the upheaval at home that began with the 2011 overthrow of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

The first leg of the decisive SWC playoff is scheduled for October 15 in Ghana.

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