Tripoli will be without fans against the Pirates in Libya
It looks like the Orlando Pirates won’t have anything to do with the 12th man in Libya when they face Al Ahli Tripoli in the first leg of the Confederation Cup semi-final at Martyrs of February Stadium, with the northern part of the continent’s account suggesting that fans will not be admitted to the stadium.
This is sure to be a big boost for the Pirates, with the team having to play without the pressure of the home team fans, who are known to be loyal supporters of their club and know how to make opponents uncomfortable.
Earlier this week, it was speculated that Tripoli fans had been allowed to watch the match, but according to words from Libya, it turned out to be false.
This annoyed Tripoli fans, who had shown discontent on social media Twitter with African football body Caf, saying the association is unfair to Libya, with Caf allowing all other teams to have the their fans at the stadium.
“#Libia continues to suffer with the unfair #CAF! Libyan clubs and national teams continue to be excluded from the presence of fans despite the decision of the CAF which allowed the presence of fans in their competitions. The equation is unfair and represents a clear injustice to our clubs, “@MoradDakhil shared his thoughts on the matter.
“The CAF refused Al Ahli Tripoli’s request! Unfair! “@ LibyanFootball3 wrote.
“Other teams can have fans in their stadiums in the same competition, so why can’t Libyan teams have the same? Very unfair @CAF_Online, “said @KofiAsiedu_.
Fifa’s Libya ban on using its stadiums for international matches in 2011 during a civil war was briefly lifted in 2013 before being reset later, only to get the ban lifted in 2021.
However, the fan ban does not necessarily mean that the Buccaneers will have a clear pass against “The Leader”, as Tripoli is affectionately called.
They had one of the best campaigns in the Confed Cup having finished leading their group just like the Pirates with 13 points.