Saturday Sep 11, 2021. 12:00
Khamis Adam, the vice president of the Libya FA, has expressed confidence that his side can overcome Egypt in a double-header of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers next month.
The Mediterranean Knights, who have never appeared at the finals of a World Cup, enjoyed a great start to Group F of the African qualification tournament, racking up wins over Gabon (home, 2-1) and Angola (away, 1-0) to enjoy a two-point lead at the top of the table.
They will next come up against nearest chasers and fellow North Africans Egypt, who put in two unimpressive showings to defeat Angola (home, 1-0) and be held 1-1 by Gabon (away).
Coach Hossam El Badry was shown the door by the Egyptian FA, meaning new boss Carlos Queiroz will be thrown in the deep end as he attempts to secure the nation a second successive World Cup appearance.
The Knights and the Pharaohs will meet in successive matches in October, with the team that gets the better of the encounters likely to be in prime position to advance to the final round of qualifying.
All the focus is directed by the state in order to win the next two matches against Egypt and go far in the group,” Adam told OnTime Sport TV, as quoted by KingFut.
“We will delay the start of the league a little bit for the national team to go in a training camp before the two matches with Egypt. All our plans will be directed to that.”
He added, “The competition in the group will be between Egypt and Libya, and this is what we hoped for.
“The Libyan national team coach has broken the psychological barrier of the players against the big teams.”