Egypt African Cup qualifier moved due to elections

Egypt’s African Cup qualifying game against Central African

Republic has been moved up to Friday to avoid a conflict with the

presidential runoff vote over the weekend.

The first leg of the second-round matchup will be played without

fans at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Central African Republic’s home leg is scheduled for June


The first leg was initially postponed from February after 74

people died in clashes at a stadium in Port Said, leading to the

suspension of all domestic soccer in the troubled north African


Egypt played its first international match at home since October

this month when it opened World Cup qualifying with a victory over

Mozambique, also in Alexandria.

The African Cup of Nations qualifier was originally scheduled

for Sunday.