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.
“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.