Pirates happy with security for Al Ahly match in Cairo

By Ian Hughes & Nick CavellBBC Sport
Orlando Pirates in action against Al Ahly

Orlando Pirates have told BBC Sport they are not worried about security in Cairo as they prepare to travel to the Egyptian capital to face Al Ahly in the Champions League final.

The South Africans meet their opponents at The Arab Contractors Stadium on Sunday for the second leg of the premier African club competition, following last Saturday's 1-1 draw in Soweto.

Political and social unrest in Egypt, as well outbreaks of football-related violence, have led to concerns about safety and Ghana have twice asked for their 19 November World Cup qualifier against Egypt to be switched from Cairo's 30 June Stadium.

Fifa ruled that game could go ahead after receiving security assurances from the Egyptian government and the Confederation of Football (Caf) have taken the same view to allow Ahly to host Pirates in Cairo.

"Obviously we are cognizant of developments in Egypt and in Cairo, in particular," said Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele. "We have continually kept in touch with our own embassy in Cairo to update us on the security risk.

"We are of the view that Caf - who incidentally are based in Cairo - has made the decision for the game to go ahead after looking at all the security concerns and has advised us accordingly. We accept what Caf and our embassy tell us.

"The most important thing is to concentrate on the game at hand and be able to make sure that we get a result in Cairo on Sunday.

"We have made travel arrangements already and will arrive in Cairo on Thursday. If the situation did deteriorate overnight we would reassess but at this point there is no cause for concern."