Belmadi: Algeria cannot afford to underestimate Senegal

Belmadi: Algeria cannot afford to underestimate Senegal
Djamel Belmadi, head coach of Algeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Final Algeria press conference at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 18 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jul 19, 2019. 09:00

Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi says they cannot afford to underestimate Senegal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Friday.


It will be a repeat of a Group C match between Senegal and Algeria which was won by the latter.


A Youcef Belaili goal earned the Desert Foxes a 1-0 victory over the Lions of Teranga at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.


“Of course we can lose this match. We have an opponent that is number one in the FIFA rankings for Africa. They were at the World Cup. We were eliminated in the first round in 2017,” said Belmadi.


“If you get to the final, the aim is obviously to win it. The game in the group stage wasn’t decisive but now it is and that’s the difference.


“The most important is to stay concentrated and determined yet calm at the same time.”


Algeria are looking to clinch their second AFCON title having won their first and only trophy in 1990.






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