By Jamie Prentis.
Tunis, 15 December 2017:
Egypt’s Hany Ramzy is to be the new head coach of the Libyan national football team.
The 48-year-old former defender replaces Jalal Damja whose contract expired in November.
Damja’s final game in charge was a drab 0-0 draw with Tunisia, a result that saw Libya’s arch rivals qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Ramzy’s focus will be on taking Libya to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, an uphill task considering heavyweights Nigeria and South Africa are also in the same group.
His most recent job was with Ittihad of Alexandria, where he was fired in October. Ramzy has also had spells with the Egyptian under-20s and under-23s as well a brief period as caretaker of the men’s team.
ThHe was capped by Egypt 124 times. He is expected to take the helm of the Libyan team for a friendly in Jordan on 25 December.
The Libyan Football Federation had accidently scheduled another friendly with Algeria two days before and has had to pull out due to the clash.