CHAN 2014: Underdogs Libya Out to Make up for 1982 Loss Against Ghana in Saturday’s Final 31/01/2014 18:43:00
Libya’s national team that qualified to Saturday’s CHAN 2014 final against Ghana
Libyan football supporters have not been this enthusiastic about their national football team in 32 years, that’s the only time they played in a continental tournament final. It was March 19, 1982. Then, as this Saturday in the final, of the African Nations Championship, their opponents in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations that Libya itself hosted, were the Black Stars of Ghana.
On that day despite home advantage Libya lost the game. The match ended in a 1–1 draw after 120 minutes but Ghana won the penalty shootout 7-6 to become champions.
The same two teams clash Saturday at Cape Town Stadium to contest the 3rd African Nations Championship final. As in AFCON 1982, Libya and Ghana were both in the same group. Then, in the opener, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. At this year’s CHAN the two sides have been in Group (C) based in Bloemfontein and played out a 1-1 draw in their group match.
In the match George Alhassan put Ghana ahead after 35 minutes but Libya hit back with Ali Al-Beshari and the sides shared the honours in a 1-1 draw.
But there the similarities end. The Mediterranean Knights and the Black Stars play each other in another continental final in South Africa that could mean much more to Libya still trying to their feet after the 2011 Revolution.
Wail Bazina, from the Libyan Football Federation, was four in 1982 and does not remember anything of the tournament first hand. This time however, he says Libya is ready to banish the memories of that defeat and write a new chapter with a victory. He adds that CHAN 2014 victory would be the best present the country could ever wish for at this particular time.
He was quoted saying: “The whole country is behind the team and expectant as well as ready to celebrate and embrace this occasion. It is our dream to win and take the Cup with us to Libya and give people of Libya something to cheer about and uplift the nation.”
He added that it has been a long time since Libya last played a final and certainly would like to get one back against Ghana this time round.
This is also Spanish coach Javier Clemente’s first stint at the helm of Libya’s national team in an international competition. Libya could have been happy with just reaching the semi-final stage, but now that they have made it this far, they know they need raise their game to win.
Clemente will be forced through suspension to make two very important changes, in defence, where he has to replace Osama Ghit and up front, as he will be without striker Abdelrahman Fetori
Clemente admits the Mediterranean Knights were lucky to beat Zimbabwe in their semi-final on Wednesday, and hopes that good fortune and an improvement in the team’s performance carries Libya through to win this important title that could prove the base for AFCON 2017 that Libya will be hosting.
The Spanish coach is assembling a team with that tournament in mind. But the focus for now will be to derail Ghana who contested and lost the first CHAN final in 2009 against RD Congo.
Ghana start favourites but Libya seem to be enjoying the role of underdogs and will be aiming to upset Ghana. They are ready to take on the challenge, and whatever the outcome theirs would have been a successful venture.
On the same day, Nigeria and Zimbabwe will play in the match for third/fourth place.
Comment: Lets hope that forune will be with us again .We will not fool ourselves by praising clemente alone by nglecting the great Irbeish the Libyan coach who did almost 90percent building the the basis for this fantastic young team. Keep going and Allah will help.
Name:slewie the pi-rat
Date: 02/01/2014 19:43:46
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Name:slewie the pi-rat
Date: 02/01/2014 22:02:13
Comment: now we're down to the last 1/2 of extra time, and it has been great...
Libya has been taking it to them, but Ghana isn't giving anything away.
A. Mohamad---almost! Omar--denied! NO!
good pressure. let's keep up the defense and END this now... ...one minute added...
now Penalty Shoot-Out. i'm not a young man, you know! and i've had too much ... ...coffee!
ElGadi's kick is stopped by Adams... now 3-2, as Adams handles Omar's shot... Ghana ties it up 3-3.
and #15 El Trbi nails it! Libya 4-3 Ghana.
Ghana misses, and the refs say: "Re-take"? are you kidding me? Yes? you are kidding? no re-take!
LIBYA WINS 4-3!!!
just. simply. AWESOME!!!
Date: 02/04/2014 10:02:33
Comment: That,s really good Libya win a final match against Ghana , so sad about Ghana team but played really good match and need more aggressiveness in the next game ..... see more http://www.ghanalive.tv/category/sports/
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CHAN 2014: Underdogs Libya Out to Make up for 1982 Loss Against Ghana in Saturday’s Final Libyan football supporters have not been this enthusiastic about their national football team in 32 years, that’s the only time they played in a continental tournament final. It was March 19, 1982. Then, as this Saturday in the final, of the African Nations Championship, their opponents in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations that Libya itself hosted, were the Black Stars of Ghana.
CHAN 2014: Libya, Ghana in Final Following Penalty-Shooting Contests Libya have managed to go beyond their expectations and following a 5-4 victory at the end of a penalty-shooting contest in their semi-final clash against Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, qualified to contest the final of the African Nations Championship on Saturday against Ghana, who also got through following a shoot-off with Nigeria, winning it 4-1.