Egypt won't face Algeria in North Africa

Sherif Tarek
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CAIRO: Egyptian Football Association president Samir Zaher has turned down his Algerian counterpart Mohamed Rorawa s suggestion to hold the possible World Cup qualifying playoff between both countries in a North African country.

Algeria are topping Group C in the qualifying stage on 13 points, three ahead of second-placed Egypt with one match remaining on Nov. 14 at Cairo Stadium.

A victory by a three-goal margin for the Pharaohs will see them reach the World Cup due to a better goal difference.

However, If Egypt beat Algeria by a two-goal margin, a play-off game will be played to determine the group winners, as both sides will become equal in goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head record.

Rorawa suggested holding the playoff in a North African country while he was in Egypt recently, but his suggestion was completely rejected, Zaher told

FIFA need to determine the venue of that decisive match before our upcoming qualifier with Algeria on Nov. 14.

In all cases, the tickets will be equally distributed between us and Algeria.

Algeria need to win, draw or lose by a one-goal margin to ensure they will become one of Africa s representatives at the most important FIFA tournament.

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