Libya takes own chef to prepare players’ food

AP, Thursday 19 Jan 2012

Libya’s players will enjoy a taste of home despite being away at the African Cup of Nations after the team decided to take its own chef to the tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

Libya's Ahmed Saad celebrates with teammates with a Kingdom of Libya flag after wining against Mozambique during their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying soccer match at Petro Sport Stadium in Cairo September 3, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Salah Mrad, a Tunisian, will prepare halal meat and traditional north African dishes such as couscous and chicken meshui to ensure the squad has a familiar diet.

Rice, pasta and fresh fish, fruit and vegetables will be staple dishes rustled up by Mrad, who tells The Associated Press that he has also brought bags of mixed spices like cayenne and paprika for flavoring.

Mrad, who has worked with the Libya team for several years, says his job is to “give the players the food they like to play well.”

Libya opens the tournament against co-host Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

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