Clemente signs contract to coach Libya football team

AFP, Saturday 12 Oct 2013

Javier Clemente coaches Libya national football team for two years after signing contracts on Saturday

Javier Clemente
Sporting Gijon's coach Javier Clemente attends a news conference in Gijon, northern Spain April 5, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Former Spain coach Javier Clemente signed a two year contract with the Libyan Football Federation in Tripoli on Saturday to coach the national side.

The 63-year-old, who coached Spain from 1992-98, replaces Abdelhafidh al-Rabich who stepped down after Libya were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup.

Libyan federation president Anouar al-Tachani refused to reveal how much Clemente would be paid as he bids to guide the Libyans to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations being hosted by Morocco.

Clemente, who also coached Serbia and Cameroon, called on Saturday for the support of the clubs, the fans and the press in order to make his task easier to achieve.

As well as his international experience, Clemente has coached big Spanish clubs including Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid and was also briefly in charge of Sporting Gijon last year in the top flight.

Libya will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

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