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Libyan officials say they are close to hiring the Spaniard to head the Mediterranean Knights

The Libya Football Federation announced on Wednesday an agreement with Spanish coach Javier Clemente to take over the national team, following the departure of Abul Hafidh Erbeesh after the Mediterranean Knights failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying.

The FA president Anwar Altashani has confirmed that the 63-year-old manager will begin work next month in Tripoli.

Clemente took up his first coaching job in Africa in August 2010 with Cameroon but was sacked in October 2011 for failing to qualify the team to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Spaniard will be tasked with building a strong and competitive outfit ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which Libya will be hosting.