2014 winners, Libya on Sunday named a crack squad which includes a medical undergraduate for this month’s African Nations Championships to be held in Morocco.
The Mediterranean Knights are making a return to the tournament after missing out on their title defense in Rwanda in 2016 and head coach Omar Al-Marimi has named an experienced 23-man squad for the Championship.
Leading the team to Morocco will be defender Ahmed El Trbi, a 25-year old medical undergraduate at the Al-Arab Medical University in Benghazi. Trbi, also a regular with the main national team scored the decisive penalty when Libya beat Ghana in the 2014 final in Cape Town, South Africa.
Also in Al-Marami’s squad are other 2014 winners, goalkeeper Mohammed Nashnoush who plays for capital club Al Ahly Tripoli, Abdelrahman Ramadan, Saleh Al-Taher and Motasem Abushnaf.
Al-Marami has also called up other key members of the national team including Al Ittihad Tripoli’s Motasem Sabbou and Sanad Al Ouerferli.
The North Africans drew 1-1 with Jordan in a pre-tournament friendly on Christmas Day and are scheduled to face Tunisia this week before heading for Morocco. Libya have been drawn in Group C and will open their 2018 CHAN campaign on January 15 against Equatorial Guinea in Tangier before facing Nigeria’s Super Eagles four days later at the same venue.
- Mohammed Nashnoush 2. Ahmed Arafa 3. Abdallah Fathi 4. Ahmed El-Trbi 5. Sanad Al-Warfali 6. Saad Ejbara 7. Mohamed Aleyat 8. Motasem Sabbou 9. Ali Omran 10. Ahmed Al Maqdsi 11. Abdelrahman Ramadan 12. Abdoulmoien Khamaj 13. Faisal Al Badr 14. Shamakh Shamakh 15. Zakaria Al-Haraish 16. Mahdi Alhouni 17. Salem Ablo 18. Amer Meftah 19. Omar Orabi 20. Meftah Taqtaq 21. Salah Al-Taher 22. Abdulsalam Yacoub 23. Billah Abushnaf.