By Mark Gleeson
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 21 - Libya coach Marco Paqueta said he was
on the verge of quitting in the next few days as the continued
participation of his side in the African Nations Cup qualifiers
was in doubt.
"It is increasingly difficult to give continuity to my work
with the Libya team," the 53-year-old Brazilian tweeted at the
weekend (http://twitter.com/#!/Marcopaqueta). "I think this time
next week we will have a conclusion."
Libya's next African Nations Cup qualifier against
Mozambique has been confirmed for the neutral venue of Bamako in
Mali on Sept. 3, the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
said, but the match seems increasingly unlikely to go ahead.
Rebel advances on the capital Tripoli have cut off the road
to neighbouring Tunisia, which is the route that players and
clubs teams from Libya have taken since February to fulfil
continental competition commitments, following the NATO air
In July it was reported that four national team members had
defected to the rebels.
Libya still have a strong chance of qualifying but there are
doubts about their ability to field a team in two weeks' time.
Paqueta, who signed a four-year contract to take charge of
the side last June, has been based in Brazil since leaving Libya
in March, flying to Tunisia to meet up with his players who have
had two internationals since the rebellion started.
Both games were qualifiers against the Comoros Islands.
Libya won 3-0 in Mali in March and drew 1-1 away in June.
(Editing by Clare Fallon)