The Libyan Football Federation (LFF), headed by Abdul-Hakim Al-Shalmani, has decided not to renew the contract of the Spanish coach of the first team, Javier Clemente, as the contract expires next May, according to a source close to the LFF.

The source said that the Board of Directors of the LFF decided by a majority vote, after the two friendly matches against Kuwait, not to renew the contract with Clemente due to his failure to lead the national team to the decisive stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and to the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar.

The source confirmed that the LFF had started searching for a suitable replacement for Clemente to lead the Libyan national team, starting next June, saying that most likely the replacement of the Spanish coach will be from one of the neighboring countries.

The Libyan national football team, led by Clemente, is preparing to play two friendly matches against Mauritania and Mozambique next March in preparation for the African Nations Cup qualifiers, which will be held in the summer of 2023 in Ivory Coast.

Meanwhile, the LFF contracted the 71-year-old Spanish coach last June for a second spin, which according to analysts, was a complete failure after a previous experience that culminated in winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa in 2014.