Egypt's African Cup qualifier brought forward

Egypt's African Cup qualifier brought forward

Published Jun. 11, 2012 11:44 a.m. ET

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 30.

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 country.


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.