By Seraj Essul.
Tripoli, 6 February 2014:
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan met the Libyan football team yesterday and praised their recent victory at . . .[restrict]the African Nations Championship.
Zeidan received the players at his offices and awarded the sum of LD 800,000 to the team. This was in addition to the LD 750,000 prize money from the CAF.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Youth and Sport Mazin Dribeka told the Libya Herald the meeting had originally been scheduled to take place immediately after the team’s arrival. The organisers, however, were completely overwhelmed by the public reaction, he said, and the meeting had to be rearranged. “The celebrations and welcome were bigger than anyone had expected,” he said.
Zeidan said the team had shown perseverance and struggled in the face of adversity to achieve their victory. He added that they set an example to all Libyans in what he said was a difficult period for the country.
Last night the team were congratulated by the Minister of Telecommunications, Osama Abdurauf Siala, at the Mahari Radisson Blu Hotel. The players and coaches each received a ‘mi-fi’ wimax device – a much-coveted item.