By Seraj Essul.
Tripoli, 6 June 2013:
The Libyan football team spent much of today day relaxing in Tripoli’s Mahari Radisson Blu hotel ahead of a final practice session this afternoon for tomorrow’s all important World Cup qualifier match against DR Congo
The match kicks off at 5:30 pm at Tripoli’s Sports City. Libya beat Uganda 3-0 in an international friendly on Saturday, but there were no spectators and tomorrow’s match marks the country’s return to hosting public international matches after the revolution.
“Tomorrow the fans will be there for the first time since the revolution,” Libyan Football Federation President Anwar Al-Tashani told the Libya Herald.
“Our expectations are high,” the Libyan Football Team Coach, Abdulhafeed Arbeesh, told the Libya Herald. “We’ve been preparing and training for this game. We don’t have any problem in the lines. We will play with the same formation we played in the last matches.
“Everybody is excited about the match and I wish good luck to all players and am sure they will give their best. The team is ready,” he said.
The fans would not be disappointed, he added. “People are exited. We’ve got a lot of support from them, but not during training,” he added. “They will be there at the stadium.”
The coach had prevented players today, talking to media it transpired – “so that no pressure will be put on us,” as one of them explained. [/restrict]