Former champs Libya travel to Constantine for CHAN showdown

Former champs Libya travel to Constantine for CHAN showdown
Amir Bensebaini of Algeria during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 15:00

Former African Nations Championship (CHAN) champions Libya will go head-to-head with Algeria for a place at the 2018 edition, with the first-leg to take place at
Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui in Constantine on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 21h45 CAT.

The Fennec Foxes have qualified for the continental competition on one previous occasion, ending fourth at the 2011 tournament hosted in Sudan.

As for Libya, the 2014 champions who lifted the title following victory over Ghana in the final, will be hoping to book their place at a third showpiece having missed out on qualification for the 2016 edition in Rwanda.

Whoever comes out top over two legs will automatically book their place at the 2018 showpiece to be hosted in Kenya . Egypt and Morocco cross-swords in the other Northern Zone clash.

Algeria currently occupy 48th place in the latest world rankings while The Mediterranean Knights sit in 83rd.

In 18 previous meetings, Algeria have come out tops on 14 previous occasions with Libya winning two matches against this weekend's opponents.

The second-leg will take place in Sfax, Tunisia next week with political turmoil forcing Libya to take their home matches elsewhere.

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