The Libyan team, in spite of the situation that they had to play the finals of the CAF African Nations Championship in 2014 in a foreign soil due to the tight security situation in their motherland, was able to gain victory against Ghana, being led by their vastly experienced coach Javier Clemente of Spain. Thus, their expert coach had enabled the team to move forward to the qualifying final round for the Africans to get entry to the FIFA World Cup Russia in 2018. Accordingly, the Libyans will have along with them Congo DR, Guinea and Tunisia teams in Group A, in their attempt to enter 2018 Russia. Clement is hopeful of leading the Libyans to top the group – he says they could achieve this by putting in hard work, sparing enough time and preparing well for the games. The Tunisia team is expected to achieve, as per veteran African football watchers. However, they could not preclude Congo DR, who made it to the semi-finals of the African finals last year. As per Clemente, the Tunisians are quality players to whom they had lost a match and also won a match during the Africa Cup of Nations and, the Congo team, he mentions as a ‘strong team’ and he has any specific idea about the Guinea team about whom he knows not much.
Clement also mentions that the Africans, who are based at Europe, are strong as well as fast and it is hard to beat them – he refers to the Morocco team for example, and says that they could do well in the World Cup and however, Côte d’Ivoire will be their biggest challenge. He gave his opinion when asked to select teams for other sections that, Algeria is good enough equivalent to Morocco and mentioned that Nigeria is the chief opponent for Algeria. About the teams of other sections such as D and E groups, Clemente mentioned that both the Egyptian as well as Ghana is strong teams. He also mentioned that the pitch needs to be in good condition to enable the teams to play well otherwise a grassy pitch (where grass is grown big) will cause difficulty even for the big teams to play well.
The most-watched FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup soccer match is the most popular sports event all over the world. Many countries offer major resources to the event for bidding as well as hosting purposes. These member associations as well as their countries, which do bidding and hosting of such events, get many benefits by doing so. The FIFA World Cup is a prestigious event that brings to the limelight the world’s best teams. FIFA world cup events include: FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 World Cups, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and FIFA Futsal World Cup.
The entry of the Fiji team to the Olympics
Following their success in the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in New Zealand with a 3-0 against Honduras-Oceania, the Fiji Men’s Soccer Team has become qualified for the FIFA World Cup Russia tournament of 2018. The team now has got qualified for the Rio Olympics to be held in August, 2016. About playing in the Olympics, the Fiji team’s coach Frank Farina mentioned that they wanted to give good performance and play being credible and without getting embarrassed and not merely with the aim to win a medal. Their aim is to gain experiences that could be beneficial for their team. Farina stresses that it is experiences that could make the team become a strong one.