Algeria: Belmadi to remain coach

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Despite the 2022 World Cup ending in a tie against Cameroon, Jemel Belmadi announced this Sunday that he remains Algeria’s coach and is now focusing on the 2023 African Cup of Nations.

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Djamel Belmadi remains on board. Despite the immense disappointment of not qualifying for the next World Cup after a last-minute loss against Cameroon in the play-offs (2-1), the Algerian coach remains in place, as he announced this Sunday. Algerian Football Federation. “With what happened, the minimum respect I have for my country and my national team is to know whether we, despite this failure, have the same strength and energy and are able to set other goals. It takes some time. We have to raise the flag of the national team of this country to the highest level and ensure that it is respected as much as possible,” Belmadi said.

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“They wanted me to be in charge of the national team”

The winners of the CAN in 2019, Algeria have remained on two consecutive failures, their elimination in the group stage of the African Cup of Nations last January and this non-qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. “It’s a project that started when I signed. We were talking about different AFCONs and a productive qualification for this World Cup. There were no outcome objectives in this contract but we were talking about a contract Which involved four-and-a-half years,” Belmadi continues.

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Under contract until December 2022, the Algerian coach assured that he has given options for his future to the FAF. “I gave the Federation a chance to terminate this contract without a hitch. If they thought I was no longer the man for the job and they saw the arrival of another coach, no problem. We walked quietly without any noise. Let’s go, without anything. They wanted me to be in charge of the national team. With Belmady on the bench, the Fénaques are now focused on qualifying for the next CAN, which will take place in Cte d’Ivoire in 2023.

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