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Ghana players express fear over planned trip to Egypt

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Citing Egypt’s security situation, Ghana’s national team Captain Asamoah Gyan and his teammates expressed fear that they have to travel to Cairo for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers match scheduled for Nov. 19.

“Most of the guys talked to me about playing the second leg in Cairo in front of the fans and are scared about the happenings in that country,” Ahram Online quoted the Black Stars captain, Gyan, as telling Kumasi-based Angel FM.

The first leg in Ghana saw the Black Stars thrash Egypt 6-1.

Early October, the Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) urged FIFA to move the second-leg outside Egypt because of country’s security situation.

However, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) gave assurances to the world governing body of football (FIFA) that they are ready to host and secure the match. But FIFA has given Egypt until Oct. 28 to provide “comprehensive security assurances.”

Meanwhile, Egypt said on Thursday that it has shortened the nighttime curfew put in place more than two months ago because of unrest after the ouster of the country’s Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

The curfew now will be four hours a night, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., six days a week, but it will remain 10 hours, starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays.