South Africa football officials are being advised by their government on the security situation in Egypt ahead of a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo next month.
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South African Football Association vice president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana says ”government intelligence sources are actually giving us updates” ahead of the June 5 game.
The South Africans are likely to face a hostile atmosphere at the Cairo International Stadium, with Egypt’s uneasy political situation and a recent upsurge in crowd violence in north African football combining with a disastrous run from the home team.
Seven-time African champion Egypt – winner of the last three Cup of Nations – has to beat South Africa to keep alive slim hopes of making the 2012 tournament.