Football will resume its rights in Libya! Deprived of a home match, club and selections combined, for more than 7 years due to the violent civil war which followed the 2011 revolution, the country was indeed authorized to once again host matches on its soil. If all goes well, it will be possible from next month. The information was confirmed this Friday by the African Football Confederation (CAF).
“ The Emergency Committee lifted the security restrictions imposed on the Libyan Federation for the organization of CAF international matches on Libyan territory. This decision follows the recommendations of an inspection of stadiums and reception facilities in the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, carried out by a team of CAF experts from February 8 to 15, 2021, ”the continental body specifies. The mission in question thus deemed satisfactory ” the level of preparation in terms of safety and security in the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi “.
15 days to prepare
” It emerges that football matches can be held again in Libya, starting with the Benghazi stadium, subject to compliance with a number of conditions relating to the stadium’s ability to host CAF matches “, Added the body which leaves until March 10 to Libya” to comply with the requirements and standards of CAF “in terms of stadiums.
The national team should therefore be able to receive Tunisia at home at the end of March in the CAN 2021 qualifiers. A nice nod to fate when the Knights of the Mediterranean were regularly welcomed by their Tunisian neighbor to play their matches ” at home ‘in recent years (Egypt has also helped out). A few days earlier, the Al Ahly Benghazi club should also be authorized to receive Algerians from ES Sétif at home on March 17 in the CAF Cup.