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  • November 19, 2013
  • • 11:00
  • • 30 June Air Defence Stadium, al-Qāhirah (Cairo)
  • Referee: N. Doue
  • • Attendance: 25000
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Ghana win Aggregate 7 - 3

World Cup Playoff Preview: Egypt - Ghana

World Cup Playoff Preview: Egypt - Ghana

Abdul Majeed Waris Ghana Egypt World Cup play-off 15102013

A 6-1 thrashing in the first leg means Ghana has all but qualified for the World Cup finals, but Bob Bradley's side will be eager to restore some pride.

Only a minor miracle will prevent Ghana from booking its place at the 2014 World Cup when it meets Egypt on Tuesday.

Progress to the finals in Brazil appears to be a mere formality for Kwesi Appiah's men, who made light of a series billed as the tightest of Africa's concluding qualifying phase with an emphatic 6-1 win on home soil last month over a side that had not dropped a point in the group stage.

Asamoah Gyan got the ball rolling with a fourth-minute strike in Kumasi and went on to net a double – once again confounding Egypt coach Bob Bradley, whose USA team he dumped out of the 2010 World Cup.

Bradley has kept faith with almost the same squad that was subjected to humiliation last time out, although Al Ahly's Abdallah El-Said has made way for Zamalek's Ahmed Eid and Sherif Abdel-Fadil gets the nod over Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady.

Only a truly improbable turn of events will give Egypt any hope of turning the series around, and the focus in the buildup to the match has been upon safety fears. Ghana's FA this week declared itself satisfied with the security arrangements made by its Egyptian counterparts, having previously asked for the match to be moved away from Cairo.

Their statement came after Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien underlined the issues he and his teammates have with playing in the Egyptian capital, in the wake of continued unrest in the country.

"I am not afraid or scared of the Egypt team," Essien said. "But I am frightened to play in Egypt because of the on-going fights over there. We have nothing to do about that because we are told to play in Egypt and we will do just that."

In ominous news for Egypt, Ghana appears to be stronger on paper than it was the first time around, with star Kevin-Prince Boateng back in contention following a knee injury. And, despite the distractions, assistant coach Maxwell Konadu insists that the visitors' minds are fully on the job.

"So far, so good in camp," he said. "The atmosphere is very good and everybody is in a good frame of mind. Initially we were not sure it was too good (playing in Cairo) but after a few meetings and advice, we think where we are going to play the match is very secured and removed from the trouble spots."

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Egypt

Ghana

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

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Egypt EGY
Egypt Egypt
Draw
Ghana GHA
Ghana Ghana
31%
60%

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Egypt EGY
1 - 3
Ghana GHA
Egypt EGY
1 - 2
Ghana GHA
Egypt EGY
5 - 0
Ghana GHA

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