Sports as identified by the United Nations as the major tool to engage and positively influence young minds for peace and development in the world, a sentiment shared by Former Libyan Volleyball international and coach Mohammed Sola.
Head coach of the Al-Murooj club Sola believes schools and universities in Libya are the best breading place for future national and international stars for the country when it comes to Volleyball.
Mohamed Sola was born on the 16th of November in 1980. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry from the Khalij university in Tripoli. His career as a Volleyball player was diverse. Mohamed played more than 200 games for more than seven clubs in the Libyan Volleyball League, starting from Al-Ittihad club, one of the biggest sports clubs in Libya, where he played for five years as a professional player. Then he moved to Al-Ahly Benghazi, Alnaser, Swehli, and Tersana. He became both coach and player for Al-Akhdar and Elshorouq, the last stations of his career as a player.
Another chapter of his career was in Beach Volleyball. Mohamed won ten tournaments and nine silver medals in Libya. Furthermore, he represented Libya in five Arab championships and won the silver medal in the Arab university games and the gold medal in the African games in 2010. He also played for the Libyan team in four international championships. The last one was in Pescara, Italy in 2015.
His coaching career started by being ranked the first in an international course for coaches in Tunisia in 2017, followed by coaching the Libyan Beach Volleyball team in the Mediterranean Olympics in Tarragona, Spain in 2018. He then returned to his first club Al-Ittihad as a coach and currently coaching the first team of Al-Murooj club and (under 21) team which was ranked first in the Eastern District, alongside with working as a Dentist in his clinic.
Mohamed gained the trust of the Libyan Students Sports Federation to coach the University Beach Volleyball team in the Arab University Games in Muscat, Oman. The team won the silver medal after winning seven games. He said that lack of support and sponsors are the biggest obstacles facing Volleyball and all other sports nowadays in Libya. However, he believes that schools and universities are the best places for future players to develop and improve their skills.