By Libya Herald Staff.
Tripoli, 21 August 2014:
Libya’s chances of qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations may . . .[restrict]have been resurrected with the team being reportedly granted a play-off against Congo to join the group stages.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is said to have decided that Libya will play Congo to determine which of the two will join Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan in Group A in the tournament, the Libyan News Agency LANA reported. Congo had been automatically put through following the recent disqualification of Rwanda which fielded an ineligible player during qualifiers which ended two months ago.
The Libyan Football Federation contested the decision, however, on the grounds that the player in question, Dady Birori, scored three goals against Libya to knock the team out.
Birori was also prominent in Rwanda’s win over Congo, prompting the Congolese to lodge a complaint against him. Birori was found ineligible to play for Rwanda by CAF after it emerged that he held a Congolese passport.
However the decision to allow the play-off is yet not official and discussions over the match are still ongoing in Cairo. In the past CAF has said Libya does not have a case.