Soccer war; Ghanaians under siege in Cairo

Disappointed Egyptian football fans are said

to be visiting their anger on Ghanaians

resident in Cairo by assaulting them following

the 6-1 thrashing of the Pharaohs by the

senior national football team, the Black


Some Ghanaians resident in Cairo who spoke

to The finder on condition of anonymity for

fear of reprisal attacks say they have been

attacked by Egyptian football fans without

any provocation.

Their crime is that Ghana walloped Egypt 6-1.

The resounding victory puts the Black Stars in

a good stead to complete a hat-trick of

appearances at the Mundial after 2006 (in

Germany) and 2010 (in South Africa).

But for many Egyptians, the result serves the

biggest pill ever forced down their throats in

as many decades.

As a result, many Ghanaians resident in Cairo,

are living in fear ahead of the second leg of

the 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff in Cairo.

They explained that the fans harmlessly ask

of the nationality of dark- skinned people in

Cairo and the very moment you identify

yourself as a Ghanaian, they assault you.

"Sunday, October 20, 2013, I was walking on

the street and some guys asked me where I

come from. Because I was aware, I told them

I am from Cameroun and they said you are

lucky," one Ghanaian resident in Cairo told

The Finder.

Referring to the second leg encounter, the

person added: "If they play the match here

(Cairo) they will beat us after the march."

When contacted, Ghana Football Association

(GFA) spokesperson, Ibrahim Sanni Daara said

they were unaware of the development.

According to him, GFA met with Egyptian

Embassy officials here in Accra yesterday to

discuss preparations for the return encounter

and promised to follow up and investigate, as

well as communicate this information to

Egyptian Embassy officials.

Following recent political unrest in the North

African country, GFA requested FIFA to move

the return leg of the World Cup qualifying

playoff to a safe and secure venue.

In response, FIFA has given Egypt until

October 28 to provide security guarantees in

order to host Ghana in Cairo for the second

leg of the World Cup qualifying plav-off on

November 19.

In a letter sent to the football associations of

Ghana and Egypt, world governing body FIFA

has given Egypt 17 days to provide

comprehensive security assurances ahead of

the second leg of the 2014 World Cup

qualifying play-off.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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