COACH Javier Clemente has voiced his pleasure in seeing his team Libya progress to the final of the CAF African Nations Championships (Chan), but admits Zimbabwe were the better team on the night.
The Mediterranean Knights progressed to the final of the 2014 Chan tournament following a dull goalless 90 minutes which was followed by another uneventful 30 minutes of extra-time.
Libya won the lottery penalty shootout 5-4, with goalkeeper Mohammed Nashnush scoring the decisive spot kick to send the debutants into the final.
“I am very happy that we have reached the final, but first l want to congratulate Zimbabwe who were the better team tonight and did not give us a chance to play our game,” Clemente said after the game.
“This team kept believing they could get something out of the match and as often is the case with football, we managed to win the penalty shoot-out.
“Zimbabwe is a good side and their striker number 19 (Simba Sithole) is a fine player as is number 10 (Kudakwashe Mahachi), 12 (Ali Sadiki) and 13 (Peter Moyo).
“I must compliment my young side for showing resilience all the way and now we play in the final.”
Libya will meet Ghana in the final of the competition in Cape Town tomorrow after beating Nigeria 4-1 on penalties.