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
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.