Former Spain coach Javier Clemente oversaw his first training session as coach of the Libya national football team this week.
Despite the country suffering widespread instability since the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings, the 63-year-old, who takes over his fourth national team after stints with Spain, Serbia and Cameroon, said he wasn’t overly concerned and has already identified areas of improvement for the team.
He said: “Libyan soccer was halted for two years because of the lack of resources and facilities. But Libyan players have a good level and there are some youths who play very well. The only thing that is missing is the fast rhythm of European soccer”
Last month the experienced Clemente, who has also coached Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao among many other clubs, signed a two-year contract to coach Libya who only lost out on a place in the continental World Cup play-offs in their final group match.
Now Clemente and the team are preparing for next January’s African Nations championship in South Africa – a tournament Libya will host in 2017.