The Algerian tactician overstepped his boundaries while expressing his preference to come up against the Super Eagles rather than Stuart Baxter’s charges in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifiers.
Amrouche then, after the match in Durban, controversially stated that, “They [Nigeria] believe in juju [muthi], too much. We [Libya] believe in God and in the work.”
With the Mediterranean Knights set to face Nigeria in back-to-back home and away qualifiers next month, Amrouche has since apologised to the West African powerhouses
“I apologise to the Nigeria football community for using the words ‘Juju’ in the press conference in SA,” said the former Kenya boss on Twitter.
“I used the word in jest. I respect Nigerians and their rich football tradition. I’m a man who likes joking, but I realise I used the word out of context. Please accept my apologies.”
However, Nigerian fans have not taken kindly to this as they continued to voice their disapproval of the 50-year-old coach’s sentiments in response to his apology.
We know you are hustling for a job.We know you’ll give an arm and a leg to coach Nigeria.We’ll keep your CV in our file. You can start with our female team though.— Bambino (@Yomi0930) September 9, 2018
You are an idiot, so you played against South Africa and we became your object of jest or joke whatever you tag it. Same way your countrymen sold our citizens in slavery and killed many, that was a joke too right. Don't worry, we are waiting for you soon.— EDAFE MATTHEW ESEOGHENE (@ELEGBETE1) September 10, 2018
You may keep your apologies...you will get to appreciate the word 'Nigeria' after loosing 6 points in your next two matches. Learn to do your talking on the pitch not with the pressmen— Austin Orizu Ikenna (@stiyke79) September 9, 2018