Al-Ittihad's Paul Koulibaly Flees Libya To Join Belgian Club KV Mechelen

The Al-Ittihad defender has fled the crisis in Libya to join a Belgium club…

Burkina Faso international and Libya's Benghazi Al-Nasr defender Paul Koulibaly has fled the current political upheavals in Libya to seek for a club in Belgium, Burkina Faso FA said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who was loaned by Al-Ittihad to Benghazi Al-Nasr in 2008, was able to escape the tensions in Libya, moving to Belgium where he was immediately subjected to a trial at KV Mechelen – a Pro League side where Koulibaly’s twin brother Pan Pierre Koulibaly plies his trade.

The twin brothers had moved from Burkina Faso’s EFO to Ittihad in 2007, but Pierre left for Europe last year.

The duo were seen yesterday training together at the Belgian club.

A three-week-old uprising has been rocking the North African country, bringing sporting activities to a standstill, with many foreign players stranded.

Football365 reports that Nigerian-born Ittihad striker King Osanga has been unreachable since the political turmoil began in Libya.

The 2011 African Youth Championship due to kick off there on March 18 has been moved, with the new venue still to be decided.

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