Libya to play Cameroon World Cup tie at neutral venue

JOHANNESBURG Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:42pm IST

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Libya's opening home match in the World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon will be played at a neutral venue and behind closed doors, FIFA said on Friday.

The June 10 game will be hosted in Sfax in neighbouring Tunisia.

Tunisia has not allowed spectators to watch all but a handful of matches since the uprising in the country in January last year, which heralded the start of the Arab Spring.

Controlled numbers of supporters have been allowed to attend games in African competitions but league matches are all played behind closed doors because officials fear violence in the stands.

There has been no organised football in Libya since March 2011, when the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's regime began.

Libya played two of their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers at neutral venues in Egypt and Mali but despite losing home advantage and having their team ravaged by the strife, they reached the finals, which were held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January.

Libya's last home match was in October 2010 when they beat Zambia.

They begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with an away game against Togo on June 3.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing By Alison Wildey)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Monte Carlo Masters

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Player Breakdown

Player Breakdown

Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems  Full Article 

Asian Games '19

Asian Games '19

Replacement Asian Games hosts needed fast, not Singapore - Ng  Full Article 

Bolt Hails Bale

Bolt Hails Bale

Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner  Full Article 

Brazil Olympics

Brazil Olympics

Workers at Olympic venue end strike but issue pay talks warning  Full Article 

Monte Carlo Masters

Monte Carlo Masters

Djokovic cruises, Nadal claims 30th clay win in a row   Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage