By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 4 January 2014:
Following last September’s appointment of Javier Clemente as the manager of the Libyan national team, . . .[restrict]the country’s enthusiasm for Spanish football and footballers appears to be mounting.
Al-Ahly Tripoli Football Club now wants to set up a football school along the lines of FC Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy and is looking at doing so in cooperation with the Barcelona club.
According to Mohamed Balta, Al-Ahly’s manager and a member of the club’s board of directors, the club has invited former Barcelona star Jose Maria Bakero, who has worked with young players at La Masia, to Libya to advise on the idea.
Balta arrived on Friday for a three-day visit.
Balta said that Bakero had watched young footballers of various ages training in Tripoli and was discussing the idea of cooperation between the two clubs with Al-Ahly’s directors.
During the visit Al-Ahly’s chairman, Sasi Buown, suggested a friendly match in Tripoli between FC Barcelona and Al-Ahmy.