Belamdi defiant as Algeria battle for AFCON survival

Belamdi defiant as Algeria battle for AFCON survival
Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi during the post match press conference after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Algeria v Equatorial Guinea at Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon on 16 January 2022 ©Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jan 17, 2022. 13:00

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi is defiant despite the defending champions’ slim last 16 hopes following Sunday’s momentous 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in their penultimate Group E match.

The defeat brought to an end Algeria’s revered 35-match unbeaten run that dated back to October 16, 2018 when Benin defeated them 1-0 away in a 2019 AFCON qualifier.

But crucially, the result left the defending AFCON champions bottom of Group E with just 1 point from two games.

“We are in a situation of failure, it is a slender moment,” Belmadi said during the post-match briefing.

“Football is not always about rational reasons but let’s be sure, we will fight to stay in this competition.”

Algeria are in a precarious situation sitting two points behind second placed Equatorial Guinea and another three points adrift of leaders Cote d’Ivoire.


Sierra Leone are third on 2 points.

Destiny is now in Algeria’s hands who face fellow two-time champions and 2015 AFCON champions Cote d’Ivoire in a blockbuster Group E finale on January 20.

“It will be a match against a great team from Côte d’Ivoire which is made up of players playing in the biggest leagues,” Belamdi said.

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