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Taha to steer Lebanon’s challenge


Beirut: Lebanon Football Association has appointed Jamal Taha as head coach of the Lebanon national team.

The 53-year-old former national team midfielder replaces Romanian Liviu Ciobotariu who left Lebanon in March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the LFA deciding not to renew his contract.

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After hanging up his boots in 2002, Taha started his managerial career with his former club Al Ansar in 2011 before coaching Shabab Al Sahel and Tadamon Sour.

He then joined Ciobotariu’s technical staff for the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Lebanon are currently third in Group H of the Asian Qualifiers with eight points and are scheduled to play leaders Turkmenistan next on October 13.

The West Asians will end their Asian Qualifiers campaign with matches against Sri Lanka at home on November 12 and Korea Republic away five days later.

Photo: Lebanon Football Association

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