CAIRO: Alexandria’ Borg al-Arab Stadium, scheduled to host Egypt-Chad football match Tuesday, could be flooded by heavy rain falls, said Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) Chairperson Ahmed Abdel Aal said Sunday.
“It is important to consider holding the match at another stadium in Upper Egypt, Particularly in Aswan, for the safety of the players and fans,” Abdel Aal was quoted by Radio 9090 as saying.
Unstable weather conditions including a notable decrease in temperatures and heavy rains on Egypt’s north coast will prevail Sunday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) announced.
Egypt-Chad football match is the second of two legs of the World Cup qualifiers preliminary round. The first leg was held in N’Djamena Saturday when Egyptian national team received 0-1 defeat. A total of 20,000 fans are scheduled to attend the second leg of the match Tuesday, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) executive director Tharwat Sweilam previously said.
Last week, a wave of unstable weather accompanied by low temperatures, winds and heavy rains has hit several parts of Egypt, particularly the Mediterranean city of Alexandria where at least seven people were killed after being electrocuted when a power cable of a tram fell in rain water flooding the streets, Youm7 reported.