Libya Head Coach, Amrouche Quits Ahead Of AFCON Qualifier Against Nigeria

Libyan Football Federation threaten to sue him for absconding duty

Adel Amrouche steps down as Libya boss | Soka 25 East
Adel Amrouche steps down as Libya boss | Soka 25 East

Head Coach of the Libyan national football team Adel Amrouche has reportedly resigned his role just days to a crucial two-legged Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Amrouche was appointed in May as the Head Coach of the Libyan National Team. The Libyan FA has now threatened to sue him for absconding duty.

In a statement, the FA reveals Amrouche left the team’s training base in Tunisia on Tueday 9th October and that Omar Al Marmi replaces him as coach of Libya.

Amrouche’s reasons for withdrawal

In the meantime, Algerian, Amrouche has revealed the reasons for his departure despite the danger of timing.

The 50 year old accused the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) of negligence and not giving him a salary for six months.

Libya play Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Friday 12th October.

Eagles in camp

Meanwhile, 22 Eagles have liven up the Super Eagles camp in Uyo. Stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa and 21 other invitees have arrived the Akwa-Ibom capital.

The arrivals enabled Coach Gernot Rohr and crew to organize a full training session on Tuesday evening, as the three –time African champions prepare to pluck all three points from Group E pace –setters.

Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, as well as defenders William Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Abdullahi Shehu, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo are among those at the Ibom Meridien Hotels and Resort.

There are also midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Kalu, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo, and forwards Isaac Success, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Only Russia-based wing back Bryan Idowu and China-based forward Odion Ighalo are being expected today (Wednesday).

The Mediterranean Knights top Group E with four points while South Africa are second and Nigeria lie in third.

Furthermore, the LFF confirmed on Monday that a 54-man delegation comprising players, technical crew, backroom staff and LFF officials will fly into Ibom International Airport, Uyo aboard a chartered aircraft on Thursday.

Match officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the referee assessor from Mali and the security officer from South Africa, will fly into Uyo Friday morning.


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