CAIRO: Preparations are underway for the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers’ playoff between Ghana and Egypt in Ghana’s largest stadium, Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The medical staff for the Egyptian national football team, headed by Tariq Soliman, will vaccinate players against malaria on October 3 before they travel to play the match on October 15.
Soliman told Youm7 on September 28 the vaccination will be a capsule each player will take a week before traveling to Ghana to build immunity against malaria.
The medical staff will also take large amounts of mosquito repellant to spray on exposed parts of body to protect them from mosquito bites.
President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Gamal Allam, decided to pay the entire team an early bonus before traveling to Ghana on October 10 to motivate them to win the match.
Meanwhile, the EFA Board of Directors decided the coaching staff and the team, headed by Bob Bradley, will travel to Ghana on a private plane.
Bradley discouraged the private plane and insists on travelling on a regular commercial flight to save time, especially since a private plane would be forced to land in Chad to refuel.
Sources within EFA told Youm7 that EFA officials asked Bradley not to insist further, especially after the agreement was reached between Minister of Sports Taher Abu Zeid and Minister of Civil Aviation Abdel Aziz Fadel, and the sports ministry will cover the costs.
For his part, the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, announced there will be 500 tickets available for Egyptian fans that will arrive in Kumasi to support their national team.
The Ghanaian Ambassador in Egypt, Said el-Sanary, said Ghana’s embassy in Cairo began contacting Egyptian authorities to prepare for the arrival of the Ghanaian team, who will play the second leg in Egypt, scheduled on November 19.
The Ghanaian Ambassador seeks to ensure the safety of the team ‘Black Starts,’ Ghana’s team nickname, and their fans because of the security instability in Cairo.”