Fifa lifts ban on Libya to play at home

Libya will now be able to play Fifa-related matches at home after the body repealed the two-year restriction on Thursday

Fifa has lifted a suspension imposed on Libya to host international matches following the country’s civil war of 2011.

The president of the Libya Football Federation Anouer Al-Tachani said on Thursday that his body had been authorised by Fifa to play their 2014 World Cup qualifying home matches in the country.

Caf earlier this month granted the North African country permission to resume the hosting of club competitions as well as national team matches at continental level.

The national team and clubs have played their home games in Morocco and Tunisia, but authorities have been pressing to show that normalcy has returned to the country, which will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Libya will now be able to play host to DR Congo on June 7 in Tripoli and Togo on June 14 in Benghazi during the next round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying.

The Mediterranean Knights are hot on the heels of Group I leaders Cameroon, who are ahead by one point.