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Filipovic makes bold statement in Libya after replacing El Margini

Following his appointment as manager of the Knights of the Mediterranean, the Montenegrin vowed to make the North African team a success

New Libyan coach Zoran Filipovic has promised to “change everything” to make the Knights of the Mediterranean “a success”.

The Montenegrin has been named the North African team’s handler following the resignation of coach Ali El Margini after losing his first three games at the helm.

Filipovic becomes the first European tactician to work with the Libyan Football Federation since SpainJavier Clemente who led the country to win the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.

While promising to live in Libya to assume his responsibilities, the former Boavista, Belgrade Red Star and Golden arrows handler is also committed to doing whatever it takes to help the fortunes of 1982 Africa Cup of Nations finalists.

“I will change everything to make the Libyan national team a success,” Filipovic said as quoted by BBC Sport Africa.

The main goal of the 67-year-old will be to help the Knights of the Mediterranean secure a place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon.

With just one victory and three defeats, Libya sits at the base of group J which marches already qualified Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania. They welcome the Carthage Eagles in their next match on March 22, 2021.

El Margini left his post following the country’s defeat to Equatorial Guinea in Malabo, while expressing disenchantment with the barrage of criticism leveled at him, his technical team and the players by the Libyan public despite the conditions unfavorable country.

“The conditions in Libyan football greatly affected the level of the players and that is what caused these results,” he told the BBC. “Their absence had a big impact, because they are important pillars of the national team, and if they were there we could win Equatorial Guinea.

“The lack of experience of some players who were playing for the Libyan national team for the first time was the reason why we could not hold the victory.”

Filipovic will lead Libya to 2021 Chan where they will face DR Congo, Congo and Republic of Niger in Group B. They will face the Menas in their first match at the Japoma stadium in Douala.

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