Libya’s soccer team: Hope of a nation

Happy to be here. Libyan players celebrate the win that got them into the Africa Cup of Nations. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Sports can salve wounds, at least the psychic ones suffered by nations. That’s what’s at stake for Libya’s soccer team when it plays Saturday in the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament to determine Africa’s qualifiers for the next World Cup.

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