Algeria eye miracle in Sfax

Algeria eye miracle in Sfax
Adlane Guedioura of Algeria challenges Mohamed Ben Amor of Tunisia during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 12:30

Algeria will need a minor miracle if they are to book their ticket to the 2018 African Nations Champions (CHAN) Tournament in Kenya, with Libya in the driving seat following the first-leg Northern Zone qualifier.

The Mediterranean Knights head into the clash at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Sfax with a 2-1 aggregate lead, following victory in Constantine last weekend.

Kick-off on Friday evening is at 19h00 CAT.

Muaid Ellafi the hero for Libya who have been forced to play their home game in neighbouring Tunisia due to ongoing conflict in their country.

The Fennec Foxes have only qualified for the CHAN competition on one previous occasion, finishing fourth at the 2011 edition hosted in Sudan.

Libya, who won the tournament three years ago in South Africa, fell a goal behind as early as the first minute this past Saturday, but the 2014 champs showed great resilience to shock their North African rivals following Oussama Darfalou's early strike.

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

In 19 previous meetings - as per - Algeria have come out tops on 14 previous occasions with Libya winning three tussles against this weekend's opponents.

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