By Aimen Eljali,
Tripoli, 14 September 2013:
There was speculation this evening that a leading Italian coach might be invited to take over . . .[restrict]the running of the Libyan National football team, following talks between the Libyan and Italian football authorities.
The focus appears to be on Giovanni Trapattoni, in his time one of the most successful Italian managers, who then moved on to an international career, becoming only the second manager ever to win the league titles in four different countries, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria.
The 74-year old Trapottoni is available, as he has just been fired as head coach of the Irish national team after a string of defeats deprived Ireland of any realistic chance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
On 9 September, the Libyan team’s coach, Abul Hafidh Erbeesh resigned following Libya’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon which ended its promising run in the World Cup qualifiers. [/restrict]