Libya beat Zim to book a spot in Chan final

2014-01-30 00:00

LIBYA’S national football team Mediterranean Knights have qualified for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) final after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Zimbabwe in the first semi-final to be played at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung.

It was the first time the Libyans were returning to a major Caf competition final after they lost in the Afcon final to Ghana in 1982.

Libyan goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush Abduala was the star with two saves during the penalties and converting the deciding final penalty which takes them closer to the winners’ trophy and $750 000 (around R8,4 million) cash prize.

Zimbabwe, who stopped Mali in the quarter-final, dominated most of the 120 minutes of normal play that ended goalless. Simba Sithole, Ali Sadiki and Kudakwashe Mahachi missed scoring opportunities for the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

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