Libya appoints new coach of men’s national team

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Zoran Filipovic is the new coach of Libya’s men’s national football team.

The Montenegrin was unveiled during a press conference held by the Libyan Football Association (LFA) in the capital Tripoli.

Libya’s new head coach is 67-year-old Montenegrin Zoran Filipovic, who succeeds Ali Merguini. /VCG Image

His predecessor, Ali Merguini, left the role after less than three months in charge having been appointed to the role in September.

Filipovic, unlike other previous foreign coaches, will operate from within Libya whereas his predecessors chose to do so from outside the country due to the country’s unstable security situation.

The 67-year-old pledged to direct all his efforts towards the success of the team adding that he would monitor all age groups as well as the clubs competing in CAF Interclub competitions and the domestic tournaments.

He will be assisted by Mohamed Al-Kikli, who guided Al Nasr to the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals last season.

His immediate challenge will be to guide the North African nation through the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which will be held in Cameroon between January and February next year.

Thereafter, he will oversee the team’s qualification campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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