The coach of the Libyan national football team, Corentin Martinez, announced on Sunday, May 15, the first list of the “Mediterranean Knights” since he recently took charge, succeeding the veteran Spanish coach Javier Clemente.

Martinez, the former coach of Mauritania, took over the training of the Libyan national team last April, with a one-year contract that can be renewed in the event of qualifying for the 2023 African Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire.

The list included 27 players in preparation for facing Botswana and Equatorial Guinea next June in the first and second rounds of qualifiers for the 2023 African Nations Cup to be held in Cote d’Ivoire.

The list witnessed resounding surprises in the absence of Al-Mu’tasim Billah Al-Misrati, a professional in the Portuguese Sporting Braga ranks, Al-Ahly Tripoli goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnoush, and Libyan Al-Ittihad striker Mohamed Zabya.

Libyan national football team

The Libya list included four new faces: Al-Nasr goalkeeper Aseel Al-Maqsabi, Misrata Union defender Ahmed Fakroun, the average field of the Shat team Ahmed Abi Al-Ashahr, and Al-Akhdar playmaker Al-Akhdar Al-Shakh Faraj. In the ranks of ES Setif Ibrahim Boudbous, and the Kuwaiti Arab duo, Mohamed Soula and Al-Senussi Al-Hadi.

Libya squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Aseel Al-Maqsabi, Ahmed Al-Fitouri, Moaz Al-Lafi, Ahmed Abi Al-Ashahr, Salah Al-Din Fakroun, Abdel Aziz Al-Suwai’i, Ahmed Fakroun, Ahmed Al-Tarbi, Ali Youssef, Sanad Al-Warfalli, Hamed Al-Thalba, Al-Mu’tasim Sabo, Muhammad Al-Munir, Muhammad Al-Tohamy, Belkacem Rajab, Al-Shamekh Faraj , Moataz Maarouf, Omar Al-Khouja, Moayad Jadour, Muhammad Al-Tabbal, Ayman Omair, Salem Al-Masalati, Moaz Issa, Saleh Taher, Fadel Salama, Hamdo Al-Huni, Ibrahim Abu Deos, Al-Senussi Al-Hadi, Muhammad Solah.

The Mediterranean Knights will set up an external camp in Egypt from May 17-25, during which the team will play one or two friendly matches in preparation for the African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The Libyan team will play in the African qualifiers in Group X, which includes Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Botswana. The first and second places in each group will qualify for the tournament that will be held in Côte d’Ivoire early next year.

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