Match - Sun 9 September, 19:00,
Libya host Algeria in Tunisia
Rafik Halliche of Algeria
Libya host neighbours Algeria on Sunday in the first leg of their final round qualifier for the 2013 African Nations Cup finals in South Africa, seeking to continue their fairytale run in continental football despite the turmoil still evident in their country and the fact they have not played a home game since October 2010.
Libya beat Sudan 3-0 in a convincing warm-up game in Tunis at the end of last month with goals from Ihab Al Boussifi, midfielder Faisal Al Badri and defender Walid Al Sabai, all expected to feature in Sunday’s match.
Since new coach Abdul-Hafeedh Arbeesh took over, Libya upset Cameroon in World Cup action to verify the positive impression they left at the last Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Algeria have recalled Rafik Halliche and handed a first call-up to Parma striker Ishak Belfodil, who had previously played for France at under-20 level. But Belfodil has since had to withdraw because he is not yet authorised by FIFA to play for Algeria after competing for France at junior level.
Halliche’s return is an attempt to fix Algeria’s defensive woes, according to coach Vahid Halilhodzic.