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
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
”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,”