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AFCON 2019: Libya set Algerian crowd against Eagles

September 11, 2018
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Group E rivals, Libya will host the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Algeria.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have not permitted the Mediterranean Knights to play their games in Libya as a result of the political upheavals in the country and the North Africans hosted Seychelles in Tunisia last year.

According to Libyan newspaper, Al-Wasat, Libya will face Nigeria at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Bologhine, Algiers, Algeria on October 16, 2018 and Libya coach Adel Amrouche requested that the important qualifier should be played in Algeria and not Tunis.

Amrouche is an Algerian citizen and is counting on the support of the Algerian fans in his bid to beat the Super Eagles for the first time in his managerial career, hence his request to transfer the game to Algeria.

In addition, Omar Hamadi Stadium is the home ground of Algerian Ligue 1 side USM Alger, a club Amrouche represented in the 1990s and he managed the team in 2016 before he became the Libya coach.

Libya lead Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with four points, same as South Africa, but one point more than Nigeria ahead of next month’s double-header.

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