Montenegrin Zoran Filipovic has turn out to be the third coach of Libya this yr after Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti and native Ali Merguini.
He beforehand labored in Africa 10 years in the past, saving South African Premiership membership Golden Arrows from relegation throughout 12 months with the Durban membership.
“I promise to offer my all to the reason for the Libyan nationwide workforce,” stated the 67-year-old throughout a press convention in Tripoli.
Right here, AFP Sport rounds up information from Africa.
The primary job of Filipovic, who was capped 13 instances by the then Yugoslavia as a ahead, might be to arrange Libya for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon subsequent month.
Libya secured a spot within the competitors for footballers taking part in of their nation of start after Tunisia, the workforce that defeated them in a qualifier, withdrew.
The Mediterranean Knights have been topped CHAN champions in 2014 and subsequent month will face the two-time title-holders Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville and Niger in Group B.
Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) deputy basic secretary for soccer and improvement and former Ghana star Anthony Baffoe says he’s “very glad” with 2023 Africa Cup of Nations preparations.
The principle venue in host nation the Ivory Coast, the 60,000-seat Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in industrial capital Abidjan, has been accomplished and formally opened.
Three different new stadiums, in Korhogo, San Pedro and Yamoussokro, are being constructed and current stadiums in Abidjan and Bouake renovated.
The South African Soccer Affiliation (SAFA) has carried out a monetary u-turn, posting a revenue of 53 million rand ($3.6 million/3 million euros) this yr.
Final yr, the nationwide physique suffered a lack of 74.5 million rand, after which there was a change of chief govt with Tebogo Motlanthe taking up.
SAFA is headed by Danny Jordaan, a former lawmaker with the ruling African Nationwide Congress (ANC) social gathering and a key determine within the organisation of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
A star of the Algerian nationwide youth workforce is ahead Mohamed Belloumi, whose father, Lakhdar, was among the many finest footballers in Africa in the course of the Nineteen Eighties.
Many pundits are drawing comparisons not solely between Mohamed and his father, but additionally with Manchester Metropolis winger and Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez.
Nevertheless, Belloumi junior couldn’t stop his nation being eradicated this week from a regional qualifying event for the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Cameroon Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute hopes as much as half of the seats on the 4 match venues will be out there for spectators in the course of the January 16-February 7 African Nations Championship.
“Social distancing have to be noticed due to the coronavirus so we are going to suggest to the pinnacle of state that between 30 and 50 % of seats will be occupied,” he stated.
The 16-team event kicks off on the 42,500-capacity Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde with a match between Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
Zamalek have rejected a 2.5 million euro ($3.05 million) bid from Ligue 1 outfit Nantes for star ahead Mostafa Mohamed, an official informed the TV channel of the Cairo membership.
“French membership FC Nantes have submitted a suggestion for Mostafa Mohamed, and the participant is insisting on leaving for Europe,” he stated.
“The membership will let Mostafa depart, however solely after the Olympic Video games (Egypt are amongst three African soccer qualifiers), so now he has to focus solely on Zamalek.”
Soccer officers will meet in Kigali this week to debate resuming the coronavirus-affected Rwandan Premier League.
The season kicked off on December 4 however was suspended simply seven days later after quite a few optimistic exams for Covid-19, together with 12 gamers from the Rayon Sports activities membership.
Officers allege that some golf equipment violated public well being pointers by not testing gamers earlier than matches whereas there have been additionally accusations of pretend Covid-19 outcomes.