Friday Jan 21, 2022. 10:43
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has described the out-going AFCON champions’ stunning exit from the on-going tournament in Cameroon as an absolute flop.
The defending champions on Thursday fell 3-1 to Cote d’Ivoire in their final preliminary stage match to suffer their second straight defeat to end their AFCON 2021 campaign bottom of Group E with just a point.
“We prepared 100 percent for this competition. We wanted to defend our title. We didn’t get what we were looking for. It’s a total failure,” Belmadi said in a post-match interview.
The irony is Algeria’s pre-AFCON 2021 preparations included a promising 3-0 friendly win over fellow continental giants Ghana on January 5 in Qatar who have also made a preliminary round exit after finishing winless, with 1 point and bottom of their group.
“The challenges will come quickly of course but I have an idea what went wrong. Many things but it’s too early to talk about that.”
It is the second time Algeria have made an initial round exit as defending champions since AFCON 1992 in Senegal where they again bowed out winless, with 1 point and bottom of their group.