Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 26th 2013 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 26, 2013
Egypt s national football team will
play in Cairo for the first time in two
years, and for a spot in the World
The Egyptian football association
decided Wednesday to hold the second
leg of the World Cup playoff against
Ghana in November at a military sta-
dium in the violence-hit capital.
The EFA also said that fans would
be allowed in to watch the November
19 game at the Stadium.
The decision to play in Cairo for the
first time since late 2011 was taken
after discussions between the national
football body, sports minister Taher
Abouzeid, a former Egyptian interna-
tional player, and state authorities.
Egypt hasn t qualified for the World
Cup since 1990, but under former
United States coach Bob Bradley it pro-
gressed to the final two-leg playoffs
for a place in Brazil next year with a
perfect six wins in its group, the only
team out of 40 to do that.
Bradley also had called for the playoff
against 2010 World Cup quarterfinalist
Ghana to be held in Cairo and in front
of fans to boost the Egyptians chances
of making it to football s main event.
The 30 June Stadium has a capacity
of 30,000 and the EFA said it would
be full for the Ghana game.
"We would love to play in Cairo,"
Bradley had said after the playoff draw
last week in Cairo. "That is the dream
of the team."
Egypt s last game in Cairo was a 3-
0 win over Niger in October 2011, four
months before a deadly riot at a league
game in the Mediterranean city of Port
Said left more than 70 fans dead in
the midst of the country s political tur-
Since then, Egypt s national team
has played in Alexandria and more
recently in the Red Sea resort of El
Gouna to avoid the unrest that has
swept through Cairo and other major
cities. The games have largely been
played behind closed doors, although
a few thousand supporters were allowed
in to watch in El Gouna.
Despite being the record seven-time
African champion, Egypt s football has
been tied to the upheaval at home that
began with the 2011 overthrow of long-
time President Hosni Mubarak. Then
the three-time defending champion,
Egypt surprisingly failed to qualify for
the 2012 African Cup and also missed
out on the continental championship
this year in South Africa.
The first leg of the decisive World
Cup playoff is scheduled for October
15 in Ghana.
for fans' racism
Zagreb must play a
Europa League home
match in an empty sta-
dium after more racist
behavior by its fans.
UEFA says charges
were leveled after Cham-
pions League qualifiers
away to Austria Vienna
and home to FC Sheriff.
The closed-door sanc-
tion applies when
Dinamo hosts PSV Eind-
hoven on October 24 in
a Europa League group
UEFA says a second
stadium closure was
deferred for a five-year
Dinamo was fined
70,250 euros ($95,000),
after fans also threw fire-
works and the team
received one red card and
four yellows during the
second leg in Vienna.
Dinamo had already
been sanctioned for racist
chanting at an earlier
Champions League qual-
ifier against Fola Esch.
The home match
against Sheriff was
played with one section
of the Maksimir Stadium
closed to fans.
MILAN---Italy and AC Milan full-
back Mattia De Sciglio has escaped
unharmed from a car crash.
De Sciglio s Audi was involved in
an accident with two other cars on
a motorway near Milan yesterday
Among those first to attend to De
Sciglio were his Milan teammates
Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo
The 20-year-old was unharmed
but was taken to hospital in nearby
Busto Arsizio as a precaution.
De Sciglio is already facing around
a month on the sidelines after under-
going knee surgery earlier this month.
He is one of a number of Milan play-
ers currently out injured.
De Sciglio was a starter for Italy at
this year s Confederations Cup.
World Cup winner
Gattuso fired as
PALERMO---Former World Cup
winner Gennaro Gattuso was
fired as coach of Serie B club
Palermo yesterday following a
string of poor results.
"Unfortunately for both me and
him, we might have taken too big
of a step for his first experience
as manager," Palermo President
Maurizio Zamparini said. "The
results have shown that we were
Palermo, which was relegated
from Serie A last season, hired
the 35-year-old Gattuso in June,
but has won only two of its open-
ing six league games and fell to
its third loss of the season on
Tuesday at Bari.
Gattuso, who won the World
Cup with Italy in 2006, was pro-
moted to player-coach of Swiss
club Sion in February but lasted
only 13 matches.
Former Siena coach Giuseppe
Iachini has been put in charge of
Zamparini is often nicknamed
the "manager-eater" because he
has had 43 different managers in
a quarter of a century, first at
Venezia then at Palermo.
He gave Iachini his first man-
agerial position at Venezia in 2001
---after firing current Italy coach
Cesare Prandelli --- but the young
coach was suspended four months
later because he did not have a
Egypt to hold WCup
playoff in Cairo
AC Milan's De Sciglio escapes car crash unharmed
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