Strangely, Libya lost 1-2 to South Africa on Sunday at Taieb Mahiri Stadium in Tunisia’s Sfax city as part of the final round of qualifying matches for AFCON 2019.
The Libyan team, playing in its temporary ‘home’ in Tunisia, the Mediterranean Knights needed a win to qualify over the South African who they have held to draw in Johannesburg, however; it was Bafana Bafana’s Percy Tau who drew the first blood scoring the curtain raiser in the 50th minute.
Hope returned to the Libyan Camp in 15 minutes later when Libya’s Ahmed Bin Ali converted a penalty into an equalizer thereby calming frayed nerves of Libyans fans who were on the edge throughout the game.
Tragedy struck again as Percy Tau netted his second for the day three minutes after the penalty and handed South Africa the second ticket of the group to Cairo.
The South Africans have their goalkeeper, Darren Keet, and their defence to thank for curtailing Libya’s offensive especially in the closing ten minutes of the game as Libya lives to fight for another AFCON ticket another day.