AFCON Qualifiers: Six Facts To Know About Libya’s National Team

The Super Eagles will host Libya on matchday three of Group E 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo on Saturday.

Libya go into the game top of the group on four points while the Super Eagles are third on three points.

Ahead of the big clash, Newsbreak.ng reveals six interesting facts about the Libyan senior men’s national team.

– LIBYA WON 2014 CHAN

Libya recorded their first ever major success in football as they emerged champions at the third edition of the Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, held in 2014 in South Africa.

Despite heavyweights like Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Mali and Ghana also featuring at the 2014 CHAN, Libya, against the odds, stunned everyone to be crowned champions.

They finished second in a group that had Ghana, Congo and Ethiopia and advanced into the semi-final where they beat Zimbabwe on penalties.

And in the final, they also needed penalties to beat Ghana to take home the trophy.

– LIBYA HAVE NOT QUALIFIED FOR LAST THREE AFCONs

The last time Libya played at the Africa Cup of Nations was at the 2012 edition co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Guinea.

They finished third in a group that had Zambia, Senegal and hosts Equatorial Guinea, thereby failing to advance into the quarter-finals.

Since then, they’ve failed to qualify for the last three editions in South Africa 2013, Equatorial Guinea 2015 and Gabon 2017.

– LIBYA PLAY HOME GAMES AWAY

Due to security issues, Libya play their home games in other North African countries.

The last time they played on their home turf was in May 2014 when they hosted Rwanda in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which ended 0-0.

Since then, they have played home games in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

They will host the Super Eagles inside the Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, in Tunisia on Tuesday, October 16 on matchday four of the 2019 AFCON qualifier.

– LIBYA WERE AFCON RUNNERS-UP IN 1982

Libya made their first ever appearance at the AFCON when they hosted the tournament in 1982.

Drawn in Group A with Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia, Libya finished top and progressed into the semi-finals.

In the semi-final, they beat Zambia 2-1 before losing 7-6 on penalties to Ghana in the final after regulation time ended 2-2.

– LIBYA, THE ONLY NORTH AFRICAN TEAM WITH FEWEST NUMBER OF AFCON APPEARANCES

Among all the North African teams, Libya has the fewest number of appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Mediterranean Knights as they are called, have made only three appearances.

Their first appearance was as hosts in 1982, Egypt 2006 and Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in 2012.

Egypt have the highest number of appearances with 23, Tunisia have 18, Algeria are on 17 and Morocco, 16.

– LIBYA ARE CURRENTLY 99TH IN FIFA RANKINGS

The last FIFA Coca-Cola rankings released on September 20 , 2018, saw Libya rise two places from 101 to 99.

Their highest ever rankings was in 2012 when they climbed to 36th position. While the lowest they’ve gone is 187 in 1997.

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