Friday Kickoff: Egypt to host World Cup qualifier, Chelsea submit bid for stadium site and more

Friday Kickoff: Egypt to host World Cup qualifier, Chelsea submit bid for stadium site and more

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Friday Kickoff: Egypt to host World Cup qualifier, Chelsea submit bid for stadium site and more


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Egypt will be hosting a World Cup qualifier at home afterall.

Still dealing with political unrest and violence in the country, Egypt has been granted permission by security officials to host their World Cup qualifier against Mozambique next month. The match will be played at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on June 1, but security officials have not yet decided whether supporters will be able to attend.

Egypt has not played al match at home since October, and all club soccer in the country was suspended after 74 people died following a riot at a club game in February.

American coach Bob Bradley currently has the Egyptian team on an eight-game unbeaten streak.

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