Thursday Jan 20, 2022. 11:00
Riyad Mahrez insists he has no plans of making early flight bookings out of Cameroon on Thursday as Algeria head into their do-or-die Group E finale match against Cote d’Ivoire.
The defending AFCON champions arrive at the point of no return on January 20 in a match they must win or surrender the trophy and exit the 2021 tournament.
Winless Algeria’s AFCON stay became precarious on January 16 when Equatorial Guinea beat them 1-0 to end their coveted 35-match unbeaten run dating back to 2018.
That result left the two-time AFCON champions bottom of Group E with a draw and defeat.
“It will be an open game with two teams wanting to win, hoping we win,” Mahrez said at Wednesday’s pre-match briefing.
“I don’t want to lose and go home.
“I believe in qualification. I can’t tell you that we will win but I guarantee you that we will do everything for it. I am confident and hope to stay here longer.”
Algeria has 1 point that they earned from their opening game on January 11 in a 1-1 draw against third positioned Sierra Leone who have 2 points.
Equatorial Guinea are second on 3 points while opponents Cote d’Ivoire have 4 points.