News have emerged that Libya have opted to host their AFCON Qualifiers Fixtures home game against Nigeria on October 14, instead of a day earlier, as was widely reported.
Information suggests that the surprise decision by Libya Football Federation (LFF) to move the venue to Tunisia, from their initial choice of Algeria, may have caused the change in date too.
This is a follow-up to information contained in a media statement by LFF, which put the date for the match to October 14 at a yet to be named venue in Tunisia.
The idea of playing the match in Algeria was put forward by the Mediterranean Knights’ Algerian-born coach, Adil Amrouche.
Amrouche tried to persuade the LFF to play the match against the Super Eagles in Algeria to gain public support in his country and to benefit from the support of the Algerian public.
He felt playing the match at his former club’s base would also be advantageous to Libya, but the LFF decided the game be held in Tunisia.
However, while the away game will hold in the Nigerian city of Kaduna on October 10, the LFF is yet to specify the stadium where the October 14 match will be held.
The statement read in part: “The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has chosen Tunisia to host the home game against Nigeria on October 14, within the fourth round of Group 5 of 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.”