Two international football matches, including a World Cup playoff, are set to take place in Egypt's turbulent capital, putting security there to the test after violent street protests and bloody security crackdowns followed a military coup.
Football has long been intertwined with Egypt's political unrest, even before the protests that forced autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011. Fans often clashed with security forces inside and outside stadiums during his more than two-decade rule.
But in the time since Mubarak's ouster, the unrest has become deadly and concerns have grown over whether Egypt can host high-profile football matches amid the unrest.
Egypt's home match against Ghana deciding which African team will go to Brazil next year will be Nov. 19 in the military-owned stadium in the capital. In a test run for security forces, Cairo's Al-Ahly club will host South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the second leg of their African Champions League final this weekend in the same st...