Libyan Football League to Resume in April


The Libyan Football Federation confirmed that the Libyan Premier League competition “Dourina” alongside the first, second, and third division leagues will start on 26 April. The schedules by the Competitions Committee have yet to be announced.

The Head of the Competitions Committee of the Libyan Football Federation, Abdullah Al-Shahoumi noted that the season was postponed for the holy month of Ramadan, in exclusive statements to Al-Wasat TV channel «WTV».

Al-Shahoumi said that the committee found that the reason for the postponement until after Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr “is an important and necessary matter that is in line with the public interest of all clubs, without exception, given the lighting conditions in the stadiums.”

The committee chose six stadiums to hold matches, which meet the conditions of the federation. They are the Martyrs of Beninah International Stadium, the Al-Abyar Martyrs Stadium and Sheikh Chadae Stadium in Al-Bayda for the first group matches. The Abu Salim, Olympic, and Misrata stadiums were approved for the second group matches.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.