Egyptian authorities refuse to provide security for African Cup qualifier
The country’s Football Association has asked the Confederation of African Football to postpone the match for 48 hours in order to avoid playing the match as Egyptians head to the polls to vote in a presidential run-off, set for the same day.
Egypt has played only one home match this year, and the domestic league was canceled after fans in Port Said attacked the opposing team’s supporters in February, which left at least 75 people dead.
Security present at that match remained still, allowing the violence to escalate, leaving the country shocked at the violence.
The team’s administrative manager Amr Abu el-Ezz says the continental body has not yet replied to the request.
The ruling military junta has refused to provide security for the national team’s matches in the country, despite the widespread criticism that followed the Port Said incident.
Egypt won its initial World Cup qualifier against Mozambique 2-0 last weekend.