JOHN Fashanu, former football star, has likened the forthcoming African Nations Championship, CHAN, match between Libya and Nigeria as a battle against slavery. The Group C fixture comes up in Tangier, Morocco on January 23.
Libya has been plunged into political instability since the overthrow of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Recently, the country has got the sticks for the enslavement of African migrants seeking to reach Europe via the Mediterranean corridor.
The match against the Home-based Eagles will have a political dimension given Nigerians were among the black African people enslaved in the North African country. Nigerians in batches have continued to be repatriated from the unstable country through the intervention of the federal government.
Fashanu, an ex England international striker, slammed Libya, saying the country should almost be rated a terrorist country for violating the dignity of Black Africans. “Nigeria match against Libya will be a bombshell. I hope we get to do well and in fact win the match against Libya,” Fashanu said.
The former Wimbledon player further suggested that the high profile fixture be used as platform for a campaign against slavery and to expose the horrible and ridiculous things going on in the country at the moment. “I know our players will play three times better than they always do because everybody has been affected one way and another way. The abuse of Black African people is annoying. What we see on TV on Libya is just a little scratch of the top of the mountain. Everyday more people are being abused in Libya- and there are thousands of Nigerians going through that hellhole.”
– Jan. 12, 2018 @ 14:16 GMT |