Libya coach says he aims to lead team to AFCON 2023
French coach of the Libyan national football team, Corentin Da Silva Martins, said, after arriving in Libya on Saturday in Benghazi to attend Al-Ahly Tripoli vs Orlando Pirates from South Africa in CAF Confederation Cup, he was preparing the Libyan national football team for qualifiers of AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast.
According to the Libyan Football Federation (LFF), the Frenchman watched several old matches for the Libyan team in World Cup qualifiers against Egypt, Angola and Gabon as well as matches in Mauritania tournament, let alone the CAF Confederation Cup matches for Libyan clubs.
The French coach began his tenure with sessions along with his assistant staff led by Omar Al-Maryami, to choose a list of players for entering training camps, which he said would be overseas; most likely in Egypt from 17 to 25 May.
Martins pointed out that during the upcoming camp, the Libyan team will play one or two friendly matches, saying that the camp will be limited to local players, explaining that the official announcement of the list will take place between 14 and 16 May.
"After the Egypt camp, we will go to a short closed camp in the city of Benghazi, in the presence of professional players, 4 days before the Libya match against Botswana.” He said.
Regarding his objectives and ambitions with the Libyan national team, he said the first goal is to qualify for the finals of AFCON, especially since Libya’s group includes Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Botswana.
“I have information about them because I have previously played against them with the Mauritanian team."