Libya suffered a setback to hopes of playing at the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time when they were held 0-0 by the Congo DR on Friday. 

Playing their first competitive home match in Tripoli since 2010, the Mediterranean Knights wasted a great early chance when captain Ahmed Osman saw his penalty saved by Congo DR keeper Robert Kidiaba.

A drive from substitute Mohamed El Gadi with ten minutes left finished just off target in a Group I qualifier that produced few scoring chances at the national stadium.

The result was the same as the first match between the countries in Kinshasa three months ago, and a massive disappointment to Libyan supporters.

They remain second in the table, level on six points and on goal difference with Cameroon, but behind the Indomitable Lions because they have scored fewer goals.