Saturday, January 14, 2012

Africa Cup of Nations - Group A - Libya

Colours: Red shirts,black shorts, green socks
Capital: Tripoli
Country Population: 5,670,688

It is a credit to the Libyan team that despite all of the political upheaval in the country the team is currently ranked 62 in the World, which is one of the highest positions that they have ever occupied.

The Libyan Football Association was formed in 1918, but the national team did not play a game until 1953. Their best performance in a major tournament came in 1982 when they were runners up. In 1966 they recorded a record breaking 21-0 victory over Muscat Oman

At one time this edition of the tournament was planned to be held in Libya, but that had to be changed for obvious reasons. However, they have got 2017 to look forward when they will be holding the tournament.

They could be dark horses, but with the hosts and Senegal in their group it could be hard for them to qualify and if they do I'm not sure how much further they can expect to go.

Star Player: Djamal Mahamat

The experience of 28 years old midfielder Djamal Mahamat is going to be crucial to Libya. He has a lot of experience in Europe and currently plays for last year's Europa League finalists Braga in Portugal. He was taken there when his manager, Leonardo Jardim took him with him to there from Beira Mar.

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