Bafana Bafana's Afcon rivals Libya plunged into turmoil as coach Amrouche quits
The Libyan football team have been plunged into turmoil four days from the first of two crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Nigeria by the abrupt resignation of eccentric coach Adel Amrouche.
Belgian-Algerian Amrouche oversaw one match – Libya’s 0-0 draw against Bafana Bafana in Durban last month that saw them remain top of Group E in qualifying for the Afcon finals in Cameroon – since his appointment in May.
Amrouche made some controversial statements in Durban‚ including that Caf were a “mafia” for having imposed a ban on him for spitting‚ and that the Nigerian football team use “juju” (muthi)‚ for which Amrouche apologised on Twitter.
I apologise to the Nigeria football community for using the words JUJU in the press conference in SA.I used the word in jest.I respect Nigerians and their RICH football tradition.I’m a man who likes joking,but I realise I used the word out of context.Please accept my apologies.— Adel Amrouche (@adelkouba) September 9, 2018
Amrouche reportedly walked out of Libya’s training camp in Tunisia on Tuesday‚ with unpaid wages believed to be the source of the coach’s resignation.
Libya meet the Super Eagles in Kaduna‚ Nigeria‚ on Saturday‚ then in Sfax‚ Tunisia in the return match on Tuesday (October 16).
Currently Libya‚ on four points‚ head Group E following a 5-1 opening thrashing of Seychelles in Cairo‚ Egypt‚ then their away draw against Bafana.
SA are in second place‚ on goal difference‚ and also on four points‚ from a 2-0 away win against Nigeria and draw against Libya.
Nigeria are third on three points. Seychelles have zero points.
Bafana are expected to pick up maximum points from their matches against Seychelles at FNB Stadium on Saturday‚ then away in Victoria on Tuesday.
Libya play home matches in Neighbouring countries due to the situation in the war-torn country.