Rohr Admits Libya Threat without Coach

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has warned Nigerians to avoid any celebration over the resignation of Adel Amruoche as Libya’s coach, just four days before they battle Nigeria in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, as he believes the visitors will be tougher without him.

Rohr reckoned that the exit of Amrouche means the Libyan players will be fully determined to make instant impressions under the new man in charge, in order to cement their spots in the team.

The Franco-German tactician stated further that the new man in charge of Libya’s team for Saturday’s match had been an assistant to Amrouche all along, which means he will follow the same philosophy of the Algerian tactician, who threw in the towel on on Tuesday.

Rohr stated further in a press briefing monitored by footballlive.ng that he is expecting the visitors to line out at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium with tactics built on a strong defence and fast counter attacks.

He added: “We should not be celebrating the resignation of the coach, because players are usually more determined to play better under a new coach, in order to impress the new man and cement a place in the team.

“You should, therefore, expect Libya to be tougher in Uyo without Amrouche, because the players will want to make good impressions under the new man in charge.

“At the same time, the new man has been an assistant under Amrouche, which means he will play just the same way, and the team will continue in the same manner we saw from them against South Africa.

“They will be strong in defence and try to surprise us with counter attacks; so we have to prepare very well for them; which is what we are doing.

“It doesn’t change anything. We have seen the team in videos, they are a good team and could have won in South Africa.


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