Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Real Reasons Libya National Team Coach Quits Post Four Days To Super Eagles Clash for AFCON 2019


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The Algerian coach Adel Amrouche has left the training camp of the Libyan team in Tunisia, citing upset at nonpayment of salaries for him and his Algerian assistants as well as mistreatment by Libyan players and Libyan Football Federation of him and the assistants.

Amrouche told reporters Tuesday that he has not received his salary for six months and that he has been regularly mistreated, accusing several players and his Libyan assistant Omer Al-Miryami of bad treatment.

Libya is supposed to play Nigeria as part of the third round of the group five of AFCON 2019 qualifiers on 13th of October.

Reports coming in ahead of the crucial African cup of nations cup qualifier, The Libyan Football Federation 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.

With the coach leaving his job the federation will be tasked with the decision of choosing a new caretaker for the team.

Before leaving his job as the coach of the Libya national team, Adel Amrouche named a 22-man squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifying matches against the Super Eagles of Nigeria later this month.

Libya and Nigeria will go head-on in Uyo on Saturday 13 October and Sfax, Tunisia, three days later for crunch qualifiers which could go a long way in determining the teams’ fates on the road to Cameroon 2019.

Amrouche’s list is highlighted by Crotone star Ahmed Benli (who once represented England at U-17 level) as well as Ali Al Musrati of Portuguese club Vitoria Guimarães, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi of New York City FC and Desportivo Alves player Hamdou Elhouni.

Going into the Match day 3 fixtures, Libya occupy top spot in Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with four points from two games. South Africa are second with same number of points but have an inferior goal difference.

The Super Eagles sit in the third position with three points, while Seychelles are bottom of the log with zero points.

Already, the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has also reeled out his list of 24 players to prosecute the double-header against Libya.

Topping the list of invitees is Saudi-based Ahmed Musa who led Nigeria to a 3-0 win over Seychelles in Mahe last month.

While the team captain John Obi Mikel is still missing, Arsenal FC of England forward Alex Iwobi alongside Italy –based duo William Ekong and Olaoluwa Aina who all missed the Seychelles game due to injury are all back.

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home-based professional.

China-based forward Odion Ighalo and Russia –based defender Bryan Idowu are also among the pack that has been called to hunt for the six maximum points against Group E leaders Libya in the Matchday 3 and 4 games.

List of Libya’s 22-man squad:

Mohamed Fathi Nachnouch (Al Ahly SC Tripoly), Ahmed Abdessalem Arraka (Al Madina), Mourad Boubaker al Ouhichi (Al Hilal), Ahmed Kamel Terbi (Al-Ittihad), Sanad Massaoud Mohamed (Raja Casablanca), Tarek Nassr Jemal (Al-Ittihad), Ali Maatoug Omran (Ahly Tripoli), Mootassem Massaoud Sabou (Al-Ittihad), Mohamed Abdessalem Khalifa (Orlando City), Ahmed Mohamed Maksi (Al-Ittihad), Ali Al Musrati (Vitoria Guimarães), Badr Hassan Ahmad (Ahly Tripoli), Ahmad Fahim ben Ali (Crotone), Rabia Ramadan el Chadi (Al-Ittihad), Moaid Salem Ellafi, Mohamed Saleh Solah-Mahrek (Bahrain) Hamdou Mohamed el Houni (Deportivo Alaves), Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (New York City), Mohamed Noureddine Zaabia (Al-Ittihad), Anis Mohamed Seltou (Ahly Tripoli), Salem Fathi Belaid (Al-Ittihad), Khaled Majdi Mrimi.

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