Mediterranean Knights

Libya's national football team continues to lead Group F in the African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup after defeating Mauritius 2-1.

The Mediterranean Knights secured their second win in the qualifiers, bringing their total to seven points. They are now three points ahead of Cameroon, who have a game in hand against Cape Verde on Saturday. 

Captain Faisal Al-Badri opened the scoring for Libya with a penalty in the 24th minute. However, Al-Badri inadvertently equalized for Mauritius with an own goal in the 38th minute. 

Ahmed Karoua clinched the victory for Libya in the 44th minute, finishing off a cross from teammate Ahmed Saad.

Libya will face Cape Verde in the fourth round on Tuesday. The qualifiers will see the top ten teams advance to the next World Cup, which will feature 48 teams for the first time in the tournament's history.