Libya's first foray into FIFA World Cup™ qualifying came ahead of the 1970 edition, but they have yet to claim a ticket to the main event. Their most promising campaign to date was on the road to Mexico 1986, when they saw off Sudan and Ghana before losing 3-1 to Morocco over two legs.**
Football in Libya has been heavily affected by the country's political situation, and the national team have not escaped the consequences, though successive generations have attempted to overcome the challenge to build a competitive line-up. With Manchester United academy player Sadik El Fitouri in their ranks, the current side will thus look to take advantage of a busy year of competitions to return Libya to their former standing.
Jalal Damja was appointed head coach in October 2016, succeeding Spaniard Javier Clemente. Damja is very familiar with the landscape of Libyan football having coached domestic club sides Al Wehda, Khaleej Syrte, Wefaq Sabratha and Abe Alashher.
* The stat*
3 – **Libya have made a trio of appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations: on home soil in 1982, in Egypt in 2006 and in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea in 2012.
The former stars
**Fawzi Al-Issawi, Yousef Sidky, Fathi Bohlfia, Samir Aboud, Jehad Muntasser, Tarik El Taib