Libya to ‘host’ Nigeria in Tunisia next month

Libya to ‘host’ Nigeria in Tunisia next month
Rabia Ramadan Alsshadi of Libya challenged by Keagan Dolly of South Africa during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 08 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 18, 2018. 10:00

The Libyan Football Federation has reportedly opted for Tunisia rather than Algeria as the host country for their matchday four 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria next month.

Libya and the Super Eagles will meet in back-to-back Group E matches on October 12 and 15. The Mediterranean Knights still cannot host home matches in their own country due to continuing political instability.

According to Libyan newspaper Alwasat, the LFF would prefer to stage their ‘home’ match against Nigeria on October 15 in Tunisia, rather than the proposed Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algeria.

Libya coach Adel Amrouche had earlier requested that the qualifier against Nigeria should be played in Algeria and not Tunis, as the Belgian-Algerian tactician hoped Fennec Foxes fans would support the Libyan team, but the Federation has decided otherwise.

Although no stadium in Tunisia has been confirmed, it is widely expected that the Stade Chedly-Zouiten in Tunis – which hosted the Libya v Seychelles AFCON qualifier on June 9, 2017 – will get the nod for the crucial match.

The Nigerian Football Federation have not yet announced a venue for the matchday three tie with the Libyans, but Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, Stephen Keshi Stadium and Enyimba International Stadium are under consideration.

Libya top Group E on four points (level with South Africa) after a 5-0 win over the Seychelles last year and a goalless stalemate with Bafana Bafana earlier this month.

Nigeria, who lost their opening clash 2-0 at home to SA last year, returned to winning form with a 3-0 triumph away to the Island minnows.

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