Two weeks after Caf lifted a ban on Libya to host official matches on its soil following security issues in the country in the wake of the 2011 civil war, the sport minister has announced plans to design two new stadiums for the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Libya swapped years with South Africa which hosted the 2013 edition due to the 2011 armed violence in the North African country. Sports Minister Abdussalam Guaila said one of the stadiums will have a capacity of 60,000 while the other will be a 23,000 seater.
“Hosting the tournament will help show the world that normalcy has returned to Libya and that everything is now fine and smooth and it will also help to attract foreign investors,” Guaila said.
Libya first hosted the Afcon finals in 1982, with their team losing in the final to Ghana on penalties after a 1-1 draw at fulltime.