FIFA visit brings glimmer of hope to Libyan football

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) hopes that FIFA's team current visit to the country will help lift a ban on hosting matches due to civil war.

According to the FIFA media channel, Libyan football has suffered following a civil war in 2011 which forced the national team to play their matches on foreign soil.

A delegation led by Veron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA director of African and Caribbean Member Associations, visited Tripoli to discuss how football has developed in Libya since the ban.

"My presence is the kick-off of the process to bring international football matches (back) to Libya," said Veron Mosengo-Omba.

"It is not me who will take the decision, but I will report, because I'm the envoy of the FIFA president.

“I will address the report of my visit to him, and then the competent body of FIFA will decide how and when to bring international matches back to Libya.”

The Mediterranean Knights were subsequently forced to use neutral venues to host their matches such as playing the 2018 FIFA World Cup and CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Mali, Egypt and Tunisia.

"The visit on Wednesday and Thursday aims to support the LFF with FIFA assistance in fields like training and development," a statement from the LFF said.
-0- PANA VAO 8April2018

08 april 2018 11:44:13

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