Posted: Wednesday May 30, 2012 1:51 PM

Egypt opens WCup qualifying at military stadium

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -Egypt will open its qualifying campaign at a military stadium on the Mediterranean coast without any fans in attendance, while FIFA wants extra policing in terrorist-targeted Kenya as Africa's top teams begin the long road to the 2014 World Cup.

With increased focus on security across the continent, Nigeria has moved its match against Namibia out of Kaduna after bomb attacks. Mali's first home qualifier will be at a neutral venue because of a coup.

There are 20 games in the opening round of the main group stage, which starts on Friday. Five countries will eventually emerge from final playoffs at the end of next year to win a place at the World Cup.

West African contenders Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal all start under new coaches.
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