Thursday Oct 29, 2020. 14:00
The Algerian Football Federation has extended the contract of senior national team coach Djamel Belmadi to the 2022 World Cup.
The 44-year-old led the Fennec Foxes to the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2019 and has them well on course to qualify for the 2022 edition in Cameroon, with a full haul of six points in Group H which also includes Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi, as quoted by Goal.
“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.
“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”
Belmadi is tasked with putting up a strong defence of the AFCON title and securing qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi explained. “When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.
“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”
Belmadi’s immediate task is to see Algeria to wins in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers against Zimbabwe next month.