Algeria: Belmadi thinks of leaving if not qualify for World Cup…before hearing "voice of the people"

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The winners of CAN 2019, Algeria then experienced two spectacular failures: elimination in the group stage of CAN 2022 and non-qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. Very marked, Djamel Belmadi thought of stepping down as coach as he ignited this Monday in Rothen, RMC. Touched by popular support, before changing his mind.

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In a video published by the Algerian Football Federation on 24 April, Jamel Belmadi announced that he would remain Algeria’s coach for three weeks after not qualifying for the next World Cup. As head of the Fenex since August 2018, the coach who won the CAN in 2019 went through a tough time after this bitter disillusionment.

After the “shock” of elimination in the final minutes of the play-off against Cameroon (2-1 defeat after extra time) – which Algeria is still trying to replay through an appeal filed with FIFA – Belmadi asked for time to reflect. An elimination is considered controversial by Koch and his union, who scoffed at the “reprehensible arbitrariness” of Gambian bakery Gassama.

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>> Revive Belmadi’s intervention in “Rothen Ignites”

“Did it cross my mind to stop? Absolutely. You feel like you haven’t achieved a goal, no matter what the circumstances, you hold back,” he told RMC in “Rothen Ignites” on Monday I felt that I did not achieve the purpose that was in my moral contract, and therefore it was necessary to leave my place to someone else. But I did hear the voice of the Algerian people, who as a whole wanted me to continue with their employees Were. I can’t ignore that.”

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“I was ready to retire without the slightest sound”

“I also went to see the leaders, to find out if they wanted to work with me,” continued Belmadi. I spoke to the president of the Fed (Amara Charaf-Edin), who has resigned but Who doesn’t have me’ hasn’t left yet. I told him I’m ready to retire without any noise, we shake hands, goodbye. They themselves didn’t want me to stop the selection, so I continued kept.”

Still under contract with Algeria until December 31, 2022, i.e. after the World Cup in Qatar, in which the Fenekes were keen to participate, Belmadi (46) admitted that he was morally above his selection when he Asked if he wanted to expand beyond that.

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“Contractually, I don’t even need it, he assured. Even if at some point, something has to be done. I can’t legally live without a contract. (…) I don’t want to plan for Comet We’ll all get up together, we’ll do what we know how to do, that is, play football as much as we can, and we’ll see.

romain daveau The Indian Paper Journalist

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