Libya and Niger kick – started their CHAN 2020 group B opener with a stalemate (0-0) at the 50 thousand state of the art Japoma stadium this evening.
The score line did not tell the exact story of the game as the both side created chances, but lacked the coolness in the attacking end of the game to concretize any.
Pundits predicted a goal festival, but it wasn’t meant to be though the ball was in the back of the net as early as the 1 minute by Djibrilla Issa, who was was flagged offside.
After having scored three times in the pre CHAN tournament, Djibrilla Issa was very well waited and he nearly got a gal for himself at the 24th minute but his shot from a perfectly waited Ousseini Soumaila pass was saved by the trailing leg of goalkeeper Ahmed Abdulsalam.
Libya themselves had a chances earlier on in the first half. Winger Muetaz Husayn found his way into the Niger area at the 10 minute and his shot was parried by Niger’s Razak Omar, before Makkari obstructed Muetaz Husayn’s rebounded shot.
The second segment of the game started just like the first, with Niger taking total control; Djibrilla Issa starting the second half where he left off and nearly converted at the 53 minute from an impossible angle, but goalkeeper Ahmed Abdulsalam made a textbook stop.
Nine minutes after the hour mark, Ibrahim Boubacar Marou benefitted from Muad Alamami’s poor attempt of a headed back pass, but didn’t have enough composure to chip goalkeeper Razak Omar.
This is therefore the first tie in the competition. Niger and Libya pit the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazaville next, in this hotly contested group B.