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Libya coach Adel Amrouche announces shock resignation

Amrouche has resigned just four days before a crucial 2019 Afcon qualifier against Nigeria.

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Libya coach Adel Amrouche announces shock resignation
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI AFP

Belgian-Algerian manager Adel Amrouche announced his resignation as Libya national team coach just four days before a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Nigeria.

Five months ago, the 50-year-old was appointed as the manager of the Mediterranean Knights. He only oversaw one game at the helm, a 0-0 draw against South Africa.

The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) said in a statement that Amrouche's assistant, Omar Al-Maryami, will take over in an interim capacity.

According to a report by the BBC, the LFF is looking to take legal action against the coach over his sudden departure.

Despite Amrouche telling Reuters that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team, it is believed that unpaid wages were the main reason for his departure.

2019 Afcon qualifiers

Libya have four points from the first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 Afcon in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference and a point in front of Nigeria. The Seychelles are fourth with no points.

Only the top two teams of each group qualify for the competition.

The Mediterranean Knights have been forced to play all their qualifying games at a neutral venue because of the unstable security situation in the country.