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Libya, South Africa in Battle Royale

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

South Africa head to Tunisia to face Libya needing to avoid defeat to book a place in this year’s African Cup of Nations. For Libya to secure a place in this year’s continental tournament, they need nothing short of a victory in a home game they will play on foreign soil due to political unrest.

The Mediterranean Knights would have loved to play such a crucial match in their own backyard but they must be accustomed to staging international tournaments in their neighboring countries since they were banned from hosting them in 2011. The Libyan Football Federation has made travel arrangements for 3000 fans with Tunisia open to allowing up to 10 000 Libyans to attend the match.

The Libyan team currently lies third in Group E standings and they’re two points behind their opponents which means they need a victory to leapfrog them into second place and qualify for this year’s AFCON. Newly-appointed coach Fawzi Al-Essawi humiliated Seychelles team 8-1 in his first qualifier in charge of the side.

LFF has recently parted ways with Jamal Jafari who was its President after a vote of no confidence against him with Vice President Abdulhakim Al-Shalmani taking up the role in the interim.

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