Libya and Tunisia lock horns with CHAN 2020 at stake

Tunisia v Libya 2

For the sixth time in the history of African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifications, Libya faces Tunisia at the final round of the North Zone qualifications of CHAN Cameroon 2020. The second leg is scheduled on Sunday (20 October 2019) afternoon at Boubker Ammar Stadium in Sale, Morocco.

Tunisia lead 1-0 from the first leg played at Rades last month. Anice Badri scored the hosts lone goal after the break.

Libya

The North African derby sees Mediterranean Knights and Carthage Eagles locking horns as they are both eyeing a place in Cameroon next year. Libya wants to have their fourth appearance in the tournament designed exclusively for footballers who have their trade at domestic leagues after 2009, 2014 and 2018. Meanwhile Tunisia are eyeing a third CHAN appearance after 2011 and 2016.

The domestic figures will be there in both coaches too. Libyan Jalal Damja locks horns with his Tunisian counterpart Mondher Kebaier. Both are also coaching both countries senior national team at the same time.

It’s Damj’a second spell with Libya in CHAN qualifiers. He guided The Mediterranean Knights to reach the 2018 edition, defeating Algeria in the qualifications. It’s also Kebaier’s second attempt with Tunisia, after falling short in the 2009 qualifiers to no one but Libya themselves. Kebaier will try to make amends and guide Carthage Eagles to next year’s finals.

Tunisia

Both Libya and Tunisia tasted CHAN glory before. Tunisia were champions of the second edition in Sudan 2011, while Libya were crowned three years later in South Africa 2014.

Libya’s coach Damja stressed his side needs to overturn the first leg result and achieves victory that sends them to their second successive CHAN. Meanwhile Kebaier said Sunday’s game is very important as he looks forward to guiding Tunisia to next year’s CHAN after missing last edition in Morocco 2018.

Fixtures

North Zone

19.10.2019 Berkane Morocco vs Algeria (0-0)

20.10.2019 Sale Libya vs Tunisia (0-1)

West A Zone

20.10.2019 Bamako Mali vs Mauritania (0-0)

20.10.2019 Conakry Guinea vs Senegal (0-1)

West B Zone

19.10.2019 Lagos Nigeria vs Togo (1-4)

20.10.2019 Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire vs Niger (0-2)

20.10.2019 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso vs Ghana (1-0)

Central Zone

20.10.2019 Kinshasa DR Congo vs Central African Republic (2-0)

20.10.2019 Brazzaville Congo vs Equatorial Guinea (2-2)

Central-East Zone

18.10.2019 Omdurman Sudan 1-2 Tanzania (1-0)

19.10.2019 Kampala Uganda vs Burundi (3-0)

19.10.2019 Kigali Rwanda vs Ethiopia (1-0)

South Zone

19.10.2019 Lusaka Zambia vs Eswatini (1-0)

19.10.2019 Windhoek Namibia vs Madagascar (0-1)

20.10.2019 Maseru Lesotho vs Zimbabwe (1-3)