By Amaechi Agbo
Libya have suffered an injury blow ahead of their crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Nigeria, with one of the players named to their 22-man roster ruled out of both matches due to injury.
Al Wasat has reported that manager Adel Amrouche has been forced to hand a call-up to Mahmoud Walou of Al Ahly Tripoli as replacement for Tarek Nassr Jemal, who was injured at his team’s camp.
Mahmoud has been invited to bolster the Mediterranean Knights squad after starring for Al Ahly Tripoli in their Arab Club Champions Cup matches against Wydad Casablanca last week.
Twenty-four players were named to the Super Eagles roster for the upcoming games and there are no injury worries heading into this weekend’s matches in Europe and Asia.
Nigeria will host their North African opponents at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on October 13 before traveling to Sfax for the return leg which will hold on October 16.
Libya top Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with four points, one more than the Super Eagles ahead of the first competitive match between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Ike Shorunmu has called on the national team coach, Gernot Rohr to maintain a high level of hard work and persistence if the team is to come out good not just in the qualifiers, but also during the AFCON competition proper.
The former goalkeeper said what is required to get the best out of the players is continuous hard work to improve on areas where the team is lacking and persistence to maintain the relatively good results the team have come up with.
Shorunmu, who was also one time the national team goalkeeper trainer urged the players to ensure proper focus on the two legged encounter between Nigeria and Libya in order to ensure they win both legs and top the group.