After 44 games at the Mustafa-Tchakar Stadium in Blida, Algeria will reside in the new stadium in Oran for the next matches counting for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in June.
After Blida, the direction Oran. This Friday, the Algerian Football Federation announced in a press release that the selection would no longer be played at the Mustafa-Tchakar Stadium in Blida from June.
“In anticipation of Can Total Energy – the Cte d’Ivoire 2023 Qualifier that will start in June, in particular, a home match against Uganda, the Algerian Football Federation, and in consultation with public authorities, forfeited the Confederation of African Football. ( CAF) to inform about his choice of domicile for the national team’s matches at the new stadium in Oran (North-West of the country, editor’s note).
Only one loss in 44 matches
Long considered impenetrable, Blida’s enclosure finally saw the Fenex play-offs for the 2022 World Cup, in a loss against Cameroon (2–1), in late March. The only blow accepted by the men was Jamel Belmadi in 44 games at Blida, after an irrational extension where Karl Toko Ekambi offered the Cameroonians a ticket to Qatar in the final minutes.
Following this meeting, the Algerians filed an appeal against FIFA, calling for the match to be rescheduled due to “reprehensible arbitration” by the Gambian bakery Gassama. According to local media, Algerian supporters have demonstrated in front of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland) in recent days before the decision was announced. To support their request, which has little chance of succeeding, Algeria in particular relied on two goals denied to Islam Slimani (offside and handball) and two on either Rachid Gazal or Yousef Belali on Cameroon’s surface. Conflict is not sanctioned by the referee with a penalty.