Libya out to up­set Tu­nisia in Rades

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

- Libya will want to bag their sec­ond win in Group A when they visit Rades for their fi­nal 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fier to­day at the Stade Olympique de Radès

The Mediter­ranean Knights are also seek­ing re­venge af­ter suf­fer­ing a 1-0 loss at home in the open­ing leg of the qual­i­fiers.

Libya have not reached the World Cup in their his­tory and although they are out of the race, this match is seen as an op­por­tu­nity to boost their morale.

Coach Jalal Damja's men oc­cupy the bot­tom of the ta­ble with three points af­ter los­ing four matches, with one win and no draws so far. Af­ter beat­ing Guinea 1-0 in Septem­ber, with for­ward Ham­dou El­houni scor­ing


the soli­tary goal - he will be handed the same re­spon­si­bil­ity once again.Shift­ing fo­cus to the hosts Tu­nisia and favourites to book a spot in Rus­sia, the Carthage Ea­gles will count on their sup­port­ive fans to come out as vic­tors.

Coach Na­bil Maaloul and his charges only need a draw to en­sure they are through to the global show­piece as they have had a fan­tas­tic run so far.

The North Africans sit at the top of Group A ta­ble with 13 points from five matches - they have four wins, one draw and no loss yet. Maaloul will call upon the likes of Youssef Msakni and skip­per Ay­men Mathlouthi, to bring their A game to make his­tory to reach the world's

big­gest tour­na­ment.

RE-AP­POINTED: Coach Na­bil Maaloul.

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