Now you see it, now you don’t. The surprise announcement a week ago that Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium would host an international for the first time ever proved to be a touch premature as the Congolese Football Federation yesterday announced that their proposed game with Albania had been called off. Leyton Orient’s own website said:
The game's promoters were unable to agree terms with the relevant authorities, leaving them with no option but to call the fixture off.
One game that is very much on is Tuesday night’s encounter between fellow victims of Italy in the summer's World Cup finals, Australia and Ghana, at Queens Park Rangers' ground in Shepherds Bush. It should be an intriguing encounter, pitting Antipodean power against African pace and passion. Chelsea’s Michael Essien and West Ham’s John Paintsil are likely to feature for the Black Stars, but Premiership notables Tim Cahill, Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill will all be missing for the Socceroos. Kick off at Loftus Road is at 7:45 pm and tickets are available at £15, £20 and £25.
On Wednesday night, also at 7:45pm, you could even stand to watch international football as South Africa, hosts of the next World Cup finals, entertain Egypt at Brentford. The terrace experience will set you back £15 while you can indulge in a little VIP luxury for £40. Tottenham striker Mido is racing to be fit for the game while Spurs team-mate Hossam Ghali will also be hoping to make the line-up.
Picture of Aussie fans via Bring back Buck's Flickr stream.