Egypt’s African Cup qualifier brought forward

Egypt’s African Cup qualifying game against Central African

Republic has been brought forward to Friday to avoid a clash with

the presidential runoff vote over the weekend.

The first leg of the second-round tie 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 football in the troubled north African


Egypt played its first international at home since October this

month when it opened World Cup qualifying with victory over

Mozambique, also in Alexandria.

The African Cup of Nations qualifier was moved from Sunday.