Ghana request that FIFA force Egypt to play decisive World Cup playoff home leg at neutral venue

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American coach Bob Bradley has faced his fair share of obstacles in leading Egypt to the brink of their first World Cup berth since 1990.

And another one may be right around the corner.

Their opponents in a winner-take-all home-and-home series, African soccer powers Ghana, have requested that FIFA move Egypt's home game to a neutral venue outside Egypt after recent violent clashes this past weekend in the capital Cairo.

The Egyptian federation had successfully petitioned FIFA to play their home leg on Nov. 19 in Cairo, where they hope to gain a significant home-field advantage after playing previous World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors for security reasons.  

But there will be no return to Cairo with a World Cup berth on the line if Ghana have their way.

"We would like FIFA to take the necessary steps to protect lives and from both Ghana and Egypt during the second-leg game," the Ghana Football Association said on its official website. "Our request is premised on the alarming and fast deteriorating security situation in Egypt. The violence has shown no sign of abating.

"We are seriously concerned about the security and safety of our delegation and spectators if the match would be played in Egypt as events in the country pointedly indicate that our delegation could be exposed to danger as the violence and insecurity in the country continues relentlessly."

FIFA told the BBC that the world body is "monitoring the situation," but that no final decision has been made.

Meanwhile, the first leg of the home-and-home series between the two nations takes place on October 15 in Kumasi, Ghana (noon ET, beIN Sport).