Libya’s Caf home ban lifted


Libya’s ban on hosting international games has been lifted, the Libya Football Federation has announced.

The Confederation of African Football had slapped the North African country with a ban since the civil war broke out in 2011.

The ban meant Libyan teams were forced to play their home matches on foreign soil due to safety reasons.

“The complete ban has been lifted on all Libyan stadiums, especially in terms of security,” Libyan FA president Abdelhakim Al-Shamlani said.

“There are some observations on the Tripoli International Stadium, but they are within reach and will be addressed immediately.

“CAF requested to prepare an urgent security plan before hosting Tunisia in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

“I thank the Executive Committee of the CAF and the Libyan efforts to obtain the necessary approvals,” he added.

Libya are in Group J of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers alongside the Tunisia, Tanzania, and Equatorial Guinea.

They sit at the bottom of the group with just three points from four games and they will need to win their remaining two games in order to have any chance of reaching the finals.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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