Belmadi: Mahrez was there when needed unlike Salah & Mane

Belmadi: Mahrez was there when needed unlike Salah & Mane
Riyad Mahrez of Algeria celebrates goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Semifinal football match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Oct 16, 2019. 09:00

Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi has paid tribute to the talent of his captain Riyad Mahrez.

The tactician praised the Manchester City winger’s performances during the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Mahrez captained Algeria to a second AFCON title and Belmadi compared the attacker with Liverpool FC’s African duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“Riyad performed the role of captain with great elegance. He was a very effective member of the team and vitally important in building attacks,” Belmadi said on Manchester City’s website.

“He scored and was always present at difficult times. What we saw was a star who deserves all the plaudits.

“Everyone was waiting to see Mahrez playing against Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and Riyad was there when needed and lived up to expectations.”

Egypt and their star player Salah reached the 2019 AFCON quarter-finals where they were eliminated by South Africa.

While Senegal helped Senegal reach the final where they were defeated by Mahrez’s Algeria.

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