Libya fires Coach after loss in W/Cup qualifier

Libya have fired their senior National football Coach, Javier Clemente after a heavy defeat at the weekend, making the Spaniard the first casualty in the group phase of African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup finals.

The federation made the announcement in a statement, without going into detail, a day after Libya had been hammered 4-0 by the Democratic Republic of Congo in their Group A encounter in Kinshasa on Saturday.

Clemente had been due to leave the job at the end of year but been asked to stay for Libya’s first two qualifying matches away Congo and home to Tunisia next month.

Libya have been banned from hosting internationals since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi five years ago left the country awash with armed militias, who often take the law into their own hands while central authorities struggle to impose authority.

Libya re-launched their league competition in May after a three-year break but have suspended it several times due to a lack of security.

Clemente, who had been in charge for a little more than three years, is also the former coach of Spain, Serbia and Cameroon.


Aisha JM