Libya stun Cameroon with Sfax win
Libyan football’s fairytale run continued in the World Cup qualifiers on Sunday as a 93rd minute goal from Hamad Ahniash handed them a 2-1 win over highly fancied Cameroon despite having forfeited home advantage.
It means Libya are the early leaders in Group I after the first two matches, having drawn their opening group match last weekend in Togo.
Ahniash scored deep into stoppage time to ensure Libyan success behind closed doors in Sfax in neighbouring Tunisia where the match had been moved because of the instability in Libya.
The winner came with a header from a corner that was misjudged by Cameroon’s experienced goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni.
Ahmed Zuway had given Libya an early lead with a similar goal as he out jumped the Cameroon defence in the empty stadium but Eric Choupo Moting equalised in the 16th minute with a free kick from the edge of the box.
Libya have not been able to host an international since October 2010 because of the civil war that led to last year’s overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi regime.
But despite playing five of their six qualifying matches away from home they still managed to finish the 2012 African Nations Cup preliminaries unbeaten and qualify for the finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, where they continued to confound the odds with a win over pre-tournament favourites Senegal.
Since the tournament earlier this year they have sacked their Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta but seemingly not missed a beat as they continue to upset the form book.