Libya’s start to their first African Cup of Nations game since 2006 didn’t go as they had probably expected it to. Even though they got off to a good start in the match against tournament co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, they struggled to create any real offensive opportunities. Manager Marcos Paqueta will need to search for a solution to his sides attacking woes, especially when it comes to getting Ahmed Zuway more involved.
Needless to say, doing so will be a hard task to complete against a side in Zambia who defeated Senegal in a stunning first match upset. Zambia’s win against the tournament favorites Senegal has completely changed the landscape of Group A. Libya certainly doesn’t have the same amount of momentum as Zambia does coming into the match, which is all the more reason it is essential for the Libyan’s to find a way to get Zuway involved against the often times ruthless defense and organization of Zambia.
The last time Libya played Zambia was in the qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations, ultimately defeating them by one goal. The two countries have played each other for a total of six games altogether, with each side winning twice and two of the matches resulting in draws. Both sides haven’t had much recent success in the African Cup of Nations, with Libya making it to the finals in 1974, and Zambia making it their most recently in 1994.
With both sides going for a win, the match should prove to be a hard fought battle. Libya believes they still have a chance to make it to the quarter finals, but Zambia will be one of the many roadblocks that they face in their path to tournament success.