Libya camp: Our semifinal with Morocco will be 50-50

Libya camp: Our semifinal with Morocco will be 50-50
Jaures Maudsly Ngombe of Congo is challenged by Sand Masaud of Libya during the 2018 Chan quarterfinal game between Congo and Libya at Le Grand Stade Agadir in Agadir, Morocco on 28 January 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jan 31, 2018. 14:00

Ahead of their 2018 African Nations Championship semifinal against Morocco, Libya’s coach Omar Al Maryami and goalkeeper Fathi Al Rasheed believe the match will be an evenly balanced one.

The Atlas Lions and Mediterranean Knights will meet in the CHAN’s first semifinal this evening, set for Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

While hosts Morocco are slight favourites, Libya have performed strongly in this tournament and have the pedigree of winning the 2014 CHAN in South Africa.

"Both teams are as talented as each other. We have the same level and similar game styles,” said Al Maryami at a pre-match press conference.

“A Maghrebian derby is always technical. We respect the Moroccan national team and I think this match will be complicated.”

Goalkeeper Al Rasheed also believes it will be a tight encounter: “With the Atlas Lions, we have the same chances to triumph. We will prepare and play to win because we have nothing to lose. It's 50-50.”

The match will kick-off at 18h30 CAT.

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