TUNIS, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Tunisia booked their place in next year’s World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbours Libya on Saturday.
Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who fell short despite a 3-1 win over Guinea in Kinshasa at the same time.
Unbeaten Tunisia, who have been to four previous World Cup finals and were the first African country to win a game at the finals in 1978, were denied a fifth win in six group matches as Libya’s goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush made a number of key saves.
Diving saves kept Youssef Msakni, Anice Badri and Ghilane Chaalani from scoring as Nashnush proved a one-man roadblock. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)