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Egypt tells Ghana bilateral ties run ‘deeper than football’

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Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Wednesday invited the Ghanaian President John Mamaha to attend the second leg of the 2014 World Cup African qualifier match between the two countries, which will be hosted in Cairo on Nov. 19.

Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 on Tuesday in the first leg, boosting the Black Stars comfortably into the competition, but destroying the hopes of millions of Egyptians who had wished to see their team qualify.

In a letter conveyed to the Ghanaian president by the state minister for Sports Taher Abou Zeid, Mansour said that the bilateral relations between Egypt and Ghana are deeper than a football match, and that there is no reason to worry about the safety of Ghanaian players or supporters, according to Egyptian news site al-Shorouk.

Last week, Ghana said it wanted a neutral venue for next month's crucial World Cup playoff against Egypt, saying it's too dangerous to play the game in Cairo.

In a letter to FIFA published on its website, the Ghana Football Association said the match should be moved to a “safe and secure” venue.

(With the Associated Press)