Bougherra: A CHAN with lost of surprises

Bougherra: A CHAN with lost of surprises
Algeria ‘A’ national team coach Madjid Bougherra

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 03, 2022. 11:00

Algeria ‘A’ national team coach Madjid Bougherra believes the next African Nations Championship (CHAN) will be wide open and feature “lots of surprises”.

The 2022 CHAN is set to be held in Algeria from January 13 to February 4 next year, having been delayed due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The group stage draw was conducted this past weekend. Group A sees hosts Algeria taking on Libya, Ethiopia and Mozambique, while Group B is arguably the toughest and pits Senegal, Ivory Coast, DR Congo and Uganda against one another.

Defending champions Morocco, who will be looking to win the trophy for a record third time in a row, have been placed in Group C alongside Sudan, Madagascar and Ghana.

Group D contains Mali, Angola and Mauritania, with Group E consisting of Cameroon, Congo and Niger.

Bougherra has reacted to the draw by noting that the host team knows all about North African rivals Libya, but cannot say the same for Ethiopia and Mozambique.

“It’s going to be a CHAN with lots of surprises,” said Bougherra, as quoted by Africa Foot United.

“The players of the different teams are in ideal conditions to have a good tournament. They have everything [needed] to express themselves.”

The 39-year-old, who collected 70 caps for Algeria’s senior team and played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, added, “Now it’s up to us to prepare well for this event and do something.

“We know the Libya team well. The other teams in the group, Mozambique and Ethiopia, this is not the case.

“We pretty much know the style of play. It’s the kind of team where there are a lot of players from team A, a bit like Sudan.”

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