Libya fancy chances against demoralised Senegal

By Matthew KenyonBBC Sport, Bata
Libya goalkeeper Samir Aboud hopes to see Libya in the quarter-finals before hanging his gloves
Libya goalkeeper Samir Aboud (left) dives to make a save against Zambia

Libya's veteran captain Samir Aboud knows that the end of his career is coming.

But the goalkeeper, 39, wants to go as far as he can in this Africa Cup of Nations before hanging up his gloves.

Libya have just one point from their two games so far and face a must-win contest against Senegal in their final group match.

"We know the coming match is crucial and a key match for our qualification for the next round," said Aboud.

"We will do our best and then wait for the result of the other match in Malabo (between group leaders Equatorial Guinea and second-placed Zambia).

"If we qualify, we are going to be very happy. If we don't, I think the whole world will appreciate the circumstances of the Libyan team.

"Libyan players have no clubs - we have been out of training for a long time, so at least we have tried to give a good image of our country [at this tournament]."

The Mediterranean Knights were beaten in their opening match by co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, before being held to a 2-2 draw by Zambia in terrible conditions on Wednesday.

Samir Aboud (left) and Ahmed Sa'ad Osman
Samir Aboud lines up next to key forward Ahmed Sa'ad Osman

But their opponents in their final game - the highly-fancied Teranga Lions of Senegal - are already out after two defeats and Aboud says his side can take advantage of that.

"I respect Senegal and I know they should have won the group - but we have seen the weakness of their defence. Senegal are in a bad situation so we will try to beat them," he told BBC Sport.

"In their first two games, Senegal's main problem was leaving a lot of space between the goalkeeper and the defence and I am sure coach Paqueta will find a solution for that."

Even though the next Nations Cup is only 12 months away, Aboud is certain that this will be his last tournament.

"It's the right time now to give up playing - Libya has good goalkeepers amongst this squad, so I prefer to be a fan in 2013," he said.

Before that though, he hopes to help the team secure a place in the knock-out stages in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012.