CAF lifts restriction on hosting official matches on Libyan territory

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The Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lifted restrictions on hosting of CAF international matches on Libyan territory.

A report on the CAF website on Friday indicated that the development followed a CAF safety, security and stadium inspection of the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inspection was carried out from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, while a further deliberation on the situation in the country followed.

The report also stated that officials saddled with the mission were further mandated to assess the level of safety and security preparedness in the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi.

They were also to evaluate the compliance of the hotels selected for reception of teams and officials, from the safety and security point of view.

“They are also to assess the level of compliance of the two stadiums with club licensing requirements and CAF safety and security guidelines,” the report indicated.

NAN reports that football matches will now return to Libya, beginning from Benghazi Stadium, subject to a number of conditions being met on stadium suitability to host CAF matches.

The Emergency Committee has set March 10 as deadline for Libya to comply with the CAF club licensing, safety and security requirements and to satisfy follow-up inspections on the stadium suitability.

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