Libya coach Paqueta worried about players’ form

Mohamad Mosselhi, Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

Libya coach Marcos Paqueta fears the ongoing troubles in the North African country could affect his side when they meet the Comoros Islands on Sunday in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers

Marcos Paqueta

Libya is being hit by a Western-led attack on the forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi aimed at protecting civilians in the country, who are struggling to overthrow his decades-long rule.  

“I don’t know the form of my players now. Certainly, they need a morale lift after the difficult conditions the country is enduring,” Paqueta told the Brazilian press on Tuesday.

Paqueta, who left Libya in February due to the ongoing rebellion against the Gaddafi regime, will join up with the Libyan team in Bamako on Wednesday.

“We have three players from Benghazi and I don’t know if they will be with us or not,” the Brazilian tactician added.

African football's governing body CAF decided on Monday to move the match from Libya to Mali for security reasons.

Libya lie second in Group C of the Nations Cup qualifiers with four points from two games, on level with leaders Mozambique.

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