AFCON Qualifier: Libya invites 5 new players for Eagles


Libya national team coach, Adel Amrouche has said that he will name up to five new faces in his squad to face the Super Eagles in a 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualifier tentatively scheduled to be staged at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on October 12.

According to Libyan newspaper Al Wasat, Libya manager, Hussein Fritais, has confirmed that the squad for the match with Nigeria has not been announced but he has indicated that a minimum of four changes will be made.

”There may be changes in the number of players, four of five, which is a reference to coach Adel Amrouche who will announce the list,” Hussein said in a television interview on Monday.

”A preparatory camp will be held in Tunisia before the first leg with Nigeria.”

Hussien also announced that a chartered flight would take the Libyan team to Nigeria, and that a victory over the Super Eagles especially in the second leg in Tunis will be the key to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Mediterranean Knights top Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with four points ahead of their double-header against the Super Eagles.

…Rohr rejects Ahmadu Bello Stadium

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to move the venue of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya from the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

Contrary to reports in the local media, the NFF is yet to change the venue of the AFCON qualifier to Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo even though Rohr has expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Federation during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday.

The German tactician inspected the stadium in Kaduna last month and told Pinnick and other NFF officials that the field he inspected was too small, not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf.

Rohr told his employers that he expects the Libyan team to be very defensive when they face the Super Eagles on October 12, pointing out that South Africa were forced to a goalless draw because the North Africans played deep.

He added that it would be very difficult for the Super Eagles to get a win on the small Kaduna pitch, and that he would have loved the game to be played in Uyo, where the pitch is bigger and the defensive Libyans can be opened up.

He stressed the importance of the Super Eagles picking up three points against the Mediterranean Knights as they have two difficult away matches against Libya and South Africa after match day three.

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