Libya’s Coach Talks Tough Against S’Eagles


Libya coach Adel Amrouche has said that he has ‘experience to play’ against Nigeria ahead of next month’s two-legged 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification clash.
The Mediterranean Knights held South Africa to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s encounter in Durban as they stayed put on the top of Group E after garnering four points from two games.
With the Super Eagles next up, the tactician is unmoved about the pedigree of the three-time African champions as he is confident that his side will silence Gernot Rohr’s side in October.
“Believe me I prefer to play Nigeria than South Africa because I have the experience to play against them.”
“South Africa is a fantastic team and have fantastic players and it’s not easy to play against them, Amroache told the media.
Amrouche courted controversy by claiming that Nigerian football believes in ‘juju’ and reckons South Africa are tougher opponents than the Super Eagles.
The result against South Africa left the Mediterranean Knights one point ahead of Nigeria, who claimed an easy 3-0 win away to bottom-of-the-log Seychelles the same day.
Libya and Nigeria will face each other in crunch back-to-back matches next month and Amrouche says his team is up for the challenge of facing Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles.
“It is not easy to play Bafana Bafana, for me Nigeria… I’m ready for Nigeria. At home, if they want we play two times in Nigeria, we play two times in Nigeria.
“I know you believe on juju too much and we believe on God in the work. For the future we can plan, but it is not easy to play South Africa,” Amrouche continued.
The first Nigeria v Libya clash will see the Super Eagles play host on the midweek of 9-11 October, followed by the reverse game (which will be held outside of Libya due to continuing political instability) on the weekend of 12-14 October.