Libya beats Comoros 3-0 in African Cup qualifier

Libya beat the Comoros 3-0 in an African Cup of Nations

qualifier on Monday that was staged in Mali because of security

concerns in the North African country.

The first goal came when Walid Elkhatroushi headed in a cross

that the goalkeeper failed to hold in the 20th minute.

Libyan substitute Ahmed Wafa made it 2-0 after receiving the

ball from an attempted clearance and shooting between the ‘keeper

and a defender in the 70th minute.

Jamal Abdu Alla Mohamed scored 10 minutes later. A pass put him

clear through the center of the pitch, allowing Mohamed to dribble

toward goal and find the net.

”We dedicate this victory to the Libyan people who are

suffering,” Libya captain Tariq Ibrahim al Tayib said. ”We hope

that we’ve managed to bring a little smile to their faces, a little

joy.”

Libya tops Group C with seven points, one more than Zambia and

three in front of Mozambique. Comoros has zero points.

About 20,000 Malians turned up to watch the game. Almost all

were supporting Libya, with many carrying posters protesting

against the Western-led military intervention in the country.

Libya has good relations with the Malian government and Moammar

Gadhafi enjoys a lot of support among the local population.

Tayib said before the match that several players couldn’t play

before they are based in Benghazi, a Libyan town currently held by

forces opposed to Gadhafi, and were unable to travel to the capital

of Tripoli.

”It was very hard to get the team together and the coach did

not train with us in Tripoli, but just met us here on Friday,”

Tayib said.