Ex-AFC Leopards coach sacked in Libya
Ex-AFC Leopards coach sacked in Libya

Ex-AFC Leopards coach sacked in Libya

Former AFC Leopards, Rayon Sports and Black leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert have been sacked by Tripoli-based side Al Ittihad.

Despite the development, the Belgium while speaking with the BBC said prior to his sacking that he had enjoyed his stay in the country despite the perception that the country was hostile for football.

"My life has not changed since I arrived in October 2018 - life in Tripoli city-centre is perfectly normal. Everybody knows that I was here up until Ramadan and that I came back without any issues. I have never been confronted with security problems.

"In my free moments, I'm still able to go for a walk into town and drink a coffee. For me, working in Libya is sometimes easier than working in other countries I have worked in before.

"In the other countries you need to do nearly everything for yourself but here the only thing I need to think about is the work on the pitch. The big problems are when we are unable to play continuously as this affects the level of the team."

Under Minnaert, Al Ittihad reached the second stage of Africa's second-tier club competition, the Confederation Cup.

They managed a 3-1 aggregate win over Niger's Gendarmerie Nationale, including a 2-0 victory in their 'home' tie played in Tunisia due to the Fifa ban on teams playing in Libya due to the security problems.

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