Vahid Halilhodzic to return as Algeria national team coach

Vahid Halilhodzic to return as Algeria national team coach
Algeria's coach Vahid Halilhodzic

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 09, 2018. 16:15

News coming from North Africa indicates that Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to take over as Algeria’s new national team coach.

Halilhodzic will become the new manager of the Desert Foxes for the second time, according to Competition DZ.

After a stubborn answer at first, the Bosnian manager has finally agreed to a deal with Algerian FA boss Kheiredine Zetchi and he has been given new assurances such as the full backing of the Algerian Football Federation.

DZ Football reports that the country’s football federation has also compromised on a financial agreement, so the wages are no longer an issue for the 66-year-old as he is set to take the job.

Halilhodzic recently took charge of Japan, leading them to the 2018 World Cup before losing his job for unknown reasons.

Although he is reportedly at home in France, it is reported that the coach will sit down with Zetchi after the World Cup and an official announcement should be made before the end of July.

Many Algerians wanted to see him return after he led the Desert Foxes to the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing to eventual world champions Germany.

The coach is credited for discovering players such as Essaid Belkalem, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez during his spell between 2011 and 2014.

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