Libya are regular participants in the competition and will be making their 5th appearance in the African Nations Championship meant for local players. The competition is set to kickoff from January 13 to February 4, 2023 in Algeria.
Journey to the finals
Much cannot he said about Libya’s qualification to this edition of the CHAN in Algeria.
Just like host Algeria, Morocco and Libya automatically qualified as UNAF representatives from the North Zone as they were the only three teams from this zone.
Former French international, Correntin Martins is head coach of both the Senior National team and Local players team of Libya. He was appointed in April 2022 after he had left his role as head coach of Mauritania’s National football team.
He has been entrusted with the duties of taking the CHAN squad to Algeria and produce better results than the last two editions.
A quite difficult task awaits the gaffer and his boys ahead as they are meant to Challenge the host nation, though they seem better than Ethiopia and Mozambique in terms of records in this competition. Na
Number of appearances
The Mediterranean knights will be making their 5th appearance in the 2022 African Nations Championship scheduled for January to February this year.
Libya has been to the African Nations Championship four times and that was in 2009, 2014 edition in South African where they emerged champions, 2018 and 2020, were they got eliminated in the group stage after two draws and a loss in three games.
Feb 23: DR Congo 2-0 Libya
Feb 26: Libya 1-1 Ghana
Ahmed Saad Osman 26’ / Owusu-Ansah 76’
Mar 1st: Zimbabwe 0-0 Libya
Libya finished bottom of their group with two points. DR Congo and Ghana sailed through from the group stage.
_ Group stage_
13 Jan: Libya 2-0 Ethiopia
Elmutasem Abushnaf 4’
Abdelsalam Omar 83’
17 Jan: Ghana 1-1 Libya
Mustapha Yahaya 6’ / Faisal Al Badri 73’(P)
21 Jan: Congo 2-2 Libya
Moïse Nkounkou 36’ / Omar 75’
Hardy Binguila 54’ / Ramadan Fetori 90+3
Libya finished 2nd in her group below Ghana with five points.
1/4: Gabon 1(3)-1(4) Libya
Semi final: Zimbabwe 0(4)-0(5) Libya
Final: Libya 0(3)-0(4)
Libya emerged champions of the 3rd edition of the CHAN which featured 16 teams.
15 Jan: Libya 3-0 Equitorial Guinea
Al Taher 11’ 16’
Zakaria Alharaish 86’
19 Jan: Libya 0-1 Nigeria
Sunday Faleye 79’
23 Jan: Rwanda 0-1 Libya
Elmutasem Abushnaf 90+2
1/4: Congo 1(3)-1(5) Libya
Makiesse 32’ / Al Taher 14’
Semi final: Morocco 3-1 Libya
3rd place: Libya 1(2)-1(4)Sudan.
Libya finished fourth in this edition.
17 Jan: Libya 0-0 Niger
21 Jan: Libya 1-1 DR Congo
Moataz Al-Mehdi 6’ / Obenza 90+4
25 Jan: Congo 1-0 Libya
Libya finished bottom of her group with just two points.
The one time champions have been paired in group A of the CHAN 2022 with host Algeria, Ethiopia and Mozambique.
Libya’s campaign begins on January 13 when they play the opening game against host nation Algeria. This will be their third meeting in the CHAN after a 3-2 aggregate win for Libya in the 2018 qualifiers.
Libya will go against Mozambique for the first time in this competition on January 17 and set up a final group stage meeting with Ethiopia four days later, the same Ethiopia Libya emerged victors over in 2014 in thesame competition.
Libya’s best scorers
Abdelsalam Elfaitory Omar was the highest scorer for Libya during the 2014 CHAN tournament with three goals scored. The Al Hilal forward scored in two group stage games though missed his penalty during the shootouts against Ghana in the finals.
In 2018 where Libya had her second best performance in the history of their participation in this tournament for locals, Al Ahly Tripoli forward, Salah Al Taher was highest goal scorer for Libya with three goals as well.
Libya are one time champions of the said competition. They clinched the trophy in 2014, beating Ghana to it on post match penalties during the grand finale. The team then was led to her first silverware by Spanish coach Javier Clemente.
Their next best performance was in 2018 where they finished fourth.
In the maiden edition of the Competition in 2009 of an eight team championship, Libya finished 7th.
Equally in 2020, they were sent home in the group stage, an edition staged in Cameroon.
Most Successful club in Libya
With a record of 18 titles won, Al Ittihad remains the most successful club in Libya today. Having won six straight titles from 2004-2010, Al Ittihad are current champions of Libya.
They count 10 appearances in the CAF Champions league from 2003 and 11 in the Confederations Cup though is yet to record a win on the continental stage.
Their best performance in CAF competitions has been to reach the semi final stages.
Al Ahly Tripoli is also one of the most popular club in Libya who are regular in CAF competitions just like Al Ittihad. They hold 12 titles in Libya’s championships.
Muad Allafi (Alittihad Tripoli)
Mooad Amer Al Ageli (Abosleem)
Mifter Altaeb (Al Akhder)
Anas Alraheem (Al Akhder)
Suliman Aboul Qassim (Al Akhder)
Ali Almusrati (Ahli Benghazi)
Mustafa Hamza (Al Akhder)
Mansour Mahkari (Al Ahly Tripoli)
Mohammed Abdusalam (Al Ahly Tripoli)
Ali Ramadhan Ali (Al Nasr)
Mamoud Okashah (Al Ahly Tripoli)
Aboulquasim Rajab (Al Ittihad Musrati)
Omar Alkhja (Al Ittihad Tripoli)
Suhaib Shafshuf (Al Akhder)
Ali Abu Arqoub (Ahly Tripoli)
Muayid Judour (Ahli Tripoli)
Osamah Alshareef (Al Helal)
Mohammed Alhhadaj (Al Ittihad Tripoli)
Ahmed Ekrawa (Ahl Benghazi)
Saleh Taher Saeid (Ahly Tripoli)
Amer Mohammed Muftah (Al Akhder)
Abdulati Alabasi (Al Ittihad Tripoli)
Muad Eisay (Al Ittihad Tripoli)
Anias Mohammed Saltou (Ahly Tripoli)
Jaefar Jaboudah (Olympi)
Al Akhder: 6
Al Ahly Tripoli: 6
Al Ittihad Tripoli: 5
Al Benghazi: 2
Al Nasr: 1
Al Ittihad Musrati: 1
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