The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has announced the appointment of Montenegrin Zoran Filipovic as their new head coach in a press conference held in Tripoli, Libya.
The 67-year-old mentor will be assisted by Mohamed Al-Kikli, who led Al Nasr to the Total CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals last season. The LFF president Abdel Hakim Al-Shalmani revealed the news.
This will be the Montenegrin first job in Africa, having previously worked with Montenegro and Serbia national teams, in addition to various European and Asian clubs.
Filipovic will become the third head coach to oversee the national team’s chances in the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for Cameroon next year.
The Montenegrin mentor confirmed that he would work from inside Libya to strengthen the national motivation of the players, and he would follow closely the matches of the youth teams in order to get an idea of the players’ capabilities as the domestic tournaments are currently suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes after years of foreign coaches deciding to guide the national team from outside Libya due to the country’s current situation.
Filipovic’s biggest assignment will be the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers, where Libya plays in Group F alongside Egypt, Gabon and Angola.
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By Mauwane Raophala