Extratime.ie has exclusively learned that Sporting Fingal striker Eamon Zayed has been called up to the Libya national football side for this weekend's match in the country.
Zayed is currently travelling to Libya and is set to arrive in the country tomorrow. The striker will meet his new teammates at the team hotel and meet the new Libya national team coach. The striker has been called up as new manager Marcos Paquetá sets about preparing his team for the African Cup of nations and has called up numerous new players in a search for new talent across Europe.
Zayed, 27, is half Tunisian but qualifies for Libya through his grandfather who is from Libya. The Libyan FA has been following Zayed for some time and previously made enquiries about his availability to play for the national side.
Currently in Malta connecting to Libya, Zayed in expected to remain in Libya until early next week. On his return, interest in the striker is expected from Libya football teams who will be watching him play on Sunday against Zambia.
“I am delighted with this great opportunity to get the chance to play international football”, Eamon said while speaking exclusively to Extratime today. This could open a lot of door for me in the future. The original interest from Libya arose when I was playing for the Irish Under-20’s in the World Cup in Dubai and the opportunity has now come around again.”
“They have just hired a new Brazilian manager who is looking to recruit players from Europe. Their first home game was against Mozambique last week and they drew 1-1. The first home game in African Cup qualifying round will be this Sunday against Zambia.”
Eamon Zayed writes a weekly column for Extratime.ie.
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