Major boost as Ahli Benghazi coach returns


Libya side Al Ahli Benghazi got a major boost following the recovery of Serbian coach Dejan Arsov from Covid-19 in time to sit on the bench for Thursday night’s Caf Confederation Cup tie against Nigeria’s Enyimba.

Ahli Benghazi play host to two-time Africa Champions League winners in a late night kick off at the Martyrs of February Stadium Thursday.

Arsov missed the team’s double-header against Orlando Pirates on April 4 and 11 due to Covid-19, but has been cleared to return to the dugout. The Libya side must win the tie to revive their chances of progressing to the quarterfinals.

A win will take them to second place, behind Orlando Pirates, with seven points, one ahead of the Nigerian giants.

According to a club statement, the former Red Star Belgrade academy manager has resumed training with the players and will be available for the tie.

“The coach of our first football team, Dejan Arsov, has recovered from coronavirus, after his negative test a little while ago,” the club wrote on Twitter.

The game, which was earlier scheduled for Wednesday, was moved to Thursday after Enyimba initially found it difficult securing a flight to Libya.

Pirates, who played a goalless draw at home against Algeria’s ES Setif, will qualify for the last eight if second placed Enyimba win or draw against Ahli Benghazi.

The Buccaneers lead Group A with nine points while second placed Enyimba have amassed six from four games.

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