The Stadium in Alexandria which usually host 10,000 people is about to be increased to 20,000 by the Egyptian FA ahead of their home tie against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Tharwat Sweilam the executive director of the FA is pushing the interior ministry that has already given permission for 10,000 supporters to watch the game in the stadium to double the number.
EFA according to Al-Ahram daily held a meeting with the interior ministry of Egypt to discuss the issue but has not yet received approval to hold 20,000 fans at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on the 29th of March.
Although football matches in Egypt are usually played behind closed doors after an official ban was issued by the Egyptian government following the Port Said Stadium massacre in February 2012.
The ban was partially lifted three years ago but was immediately re-imposed after 20 Zamalek fans died in a stampede at Cairo’s Air Defence Stadium in February 2015.
Egypt currently top Group G with six points, two more than Nigeria whom they face in two back to back encounter in March first in Nigeri