London: As many as 17 top footballers of Libya have announced their defection to the rebels.
Nation’s goalkeeper Juma Gtat has led the defection of footballers. Three other national team members, and the coach of Tripoli`s top club al-Ahly, Adel bin Issa have also joined the rebels.
As per the BBC reports, Gtat and bin Issa announced the group`s defection during a late night meeting in the rebel-held Nafusa Mountains in western Libya.
"I am telling Col Gaddafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya," Gtat said while talking to the reporters.
"In fact I wish he would leave this life altogether," he added with a laugh.