Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 14:30
Algerian defender Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba has hit back at the critics who argue that he does not deserve a place in the national team.
The versatile 29-year-old was included in the Fennec Foxes selection by new coach Rabah Madjer ahead of the impending matches against Nigeria and Central African Republic.
Madjer has been criticised for calling up the Nimes player, but Cadamuro-Bentaiba insists this does not bother him at all.
“You know, these criticisms do not affect me,” he told Le Buteur in an interview.
“They move me forward. That's the law of football. We are criticised because we can not always be unanimous.
“After that, I think critics, when they are objective, there are no problems, I accept them.
“If it's personal, it's useless. I cannot force people to love me. They are free to say what they want. The most important thing is that I am called in selection, no offence to some.”
Cadamuro-Bentaiba added that he is excited to work under the new Algeria coach.
“Madjer trusted me and that honors me. He is a new coach, and I cannot wait to see what he will offer us, his tactical choices and what we will work all week on to tackle these two games against Nigeria and the Central African Republic.”
Algeria will host Nigeria in Constantine on Friday night for their final Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier.