Algeria’s Rabah Madjer focusing on AFCON Qualifiers

Algeria’s Rabah Madjer focusing on AFCON Qualifiers
Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday May 22, 2018. 13:00

Algerian national team coach Rabah Madjer will now focus on his first team as they prepare for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Algerian Football Federation announced on their official website that they exempted Madjer from training the Desert Foxes’ team of locals, but to focus on the first team.

The AFF’s decision came after the poor results of the national team with local players.


“After the meeting of Kheiredine Zetchi, the president of the federation and the national coach Rabah Madjer, an agreement was reached to exempt the technical staff from leading the local team,” reads a statement from the FA.

“This decision was taken to allow the technical staff to fully focus on the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers that will start next September.”

Moreover, the FA announced that they will announce a decision on the appointment of a new coach for the local team.

Madjer took over as coach of both teams in October 2017 and kicked-off his tenure with two games against Rwanda and Saudi Arabia where he won the first one 4-1 and lost the second tie 2-0.

The 59-year-old led Algeria to the FIFA World Cup back when he was a player and helped them win the AFCON title in 1990.

Meanwhile, the North Africans will play two friendly matches against Japan and Portugal during the international FIFA break.

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