Libya to play World Cup qualifier in Tunisia

Libya’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in June will be

played in the neutral Tunisian city of Sfax and no fans will be

allowed to attend.

FIFA said Friday the Group I game will be held behind closed

doors on June 10.

It will be Libya’s second match in World Cup qualifying after

the team opens its campaign with an away game in Togo a week


Football was thrown into disarray in Libya following the civil

war that erupted in early 2011 and led to the killing of leader

Moammar Gadhafi.

Libya had to play ”home” qualifiers for this year’s African

Cup of Nations in Mali and Egypt but overcame chaos and upheaval

back home to unexpectedly qualify for the continental championship

in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January and February.

Libya didn’t get past the group stage at the African Cup but

still impressed by drawing with eventual champion Zambia and

beating a powerful Senegal.

The Libyans last played an international at home in late


Tunisian football also has been troubled following the

revolution in that country, with all league games now played

without fans because of worries of violence in the stands.

FIFA will soon decide if Iraq is safe enough to host 2014 World

Cup qualifiers this year. The country has been barred from hosting

internationals since last September because of security concerns

and after a stadium power outage in the Kurdish city of Irbil

during a qualifier against Jordan.

Iraq hasn’t had an international game in Baghdad since 2009,

with Irbil likely to host any matches.

Also, Myanmar was reinstated to the 2018 World Cup qualification

tournament after FIFA partially accepted its appeal against

disqualification for crowd violence.

However, FIFA said Myanmar must play all of its home matches in

a neutral country.