The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LIBYA – Former Algeria international Adel Amrouche has said he quit his position as head coach of the Libya national team over the failure of his employers to pay him for six months.
Amrouche quit the Mediterranean Knights on Tuesday – four days to a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo. The North Africans host the Super Eagles in the reverse fixture on October 16 in Sfax, Tunisia.
Amrouche, who joined the Libyans in May, lasted only six months on the job.
He told Soka25east.com on Wednesday that he left the job after interference in his job by the Libyan authorities.
“I have been working for six months without a single coin paid to me and I have still been able to give 100 per cent. I love my job and sometimes it’s not all about money, but principles must be followed or else people will take you for a ride,” Amrouche told Soka25east.com.
“The first problem is about my two assistants. It was stipulated in my contract that I will be the one to pay the assistants, but the flight tickets and hotel accommodation was to be sorted by the federation in all games and camp meetings.
“After our game against South Africa some people in the federation took a decision to stop my two assistants from working for no apparent reason because they prefer bringing their own friends to do nothing to the team but to earn money. That is a big joke.
“How would I work effectively without the very same people that helped me work well as Libya coach? I had already built a very strong team and many Libyans were happy as they had never seen them play that level of game. But suddenly, some people at the federation decided to interfere with my job; they even wanted some particular players which to me is next to impossible.
“I cannot work in such conditions, that is why I have decided enough is enough as you know I was not given the name ‘Architect’ for no reason, it’s because I like to perform.”
Libya top Group E with four points from one win and a draw from their opening two games in the qualifiers.