Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned barely a few days before the Mediterranean Knights play Super Eagles of Nigeria in crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games this Saturday in Uyo and three days later in Tunisia.
BBC reports that the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has already confirmed his departure, adding that his assistant Omar Al-Maryami will take over in an interim capacity.
Adel Amrouche leaves #Libya‘s national team before #Nigeria AFCON qualifier
— The Libya Observer (@Lyobserver) October 9, 2018
The LFF also added it is looking to take action against Amrouche over his sudden departure.
While there are several factors that culminated in the shock resignation of Amurouche, it is believed that one of his main complaints was unpaid wages.
The Algerian coach is reported to be owed six months wages and there are claims of apathy and unhappiness among the players at the coach’s methods.
Omar Al-Miryami, the local coach who Amrouche replaced in May, has been put forward to lead the Libya team for both games against Nigeria on October 13 in Uyo and October 15 in Tunisia, according to the report.
Libya occupy the top spot in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers with four points from two games following their 5-1 win over Seychelles in June last year and goalless draw recorded away to South Africa.
South Africa are second with the same number of points but with an inferior goal difference while Nigeria are third with three points from two games. Seychelles are fourth in the standings with no point.