Algeria U23

Fennec Foxes

Algeria come into the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship looking to secure a place in the Olympic Games for just the second time in their history.
The young Desert Foxes have appeared at just one previous Olympic football tournament, Moscow 1980, when they got as far as the quarterfinals before being beaten 3-0 by the now defunct Yugoslavia.
Algeria reached these U-23 finals after victories over Madagascar and Zambia in the preliminary stages. They breezed past the former by a 4-0 aggregate score but only just did enough to defeat the latter 3-2 – Algeria won 3-0 at home but very nearly threw away their advantage with a 2-0 loss in the return match.
The young Desert Foxes are coached by Azzedine Ait Djoudi, a man who is surely destined to manage the senior national team in the future. He has won three Algerian league titles with three different teams despite being just 44 years of age and will add to his burgeoning reputation if he can guide his side to London 2012.
Algeria, however, are in a tough group with Nigeria, Senegal and hosts Morocco, so they will have to up their game if they are to progress into the semifinals. The players they will look to for inspiration are strike duo Ahmed Aouedji and Mohamed Chalali – the latter plays his football with Aberdeen in Scotland.