A man down. Here is the last image we had of Djamel Belmadi. Indeed, on March 29, the Algeria coach collapsed on the lawn of the Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida after the 2-1 defeat against Cameroon and the terrible elimination from the race for the 2022 World Cup. blow on the head of the Algerian technician who dreamed of bringing his country to Qatar, where he had his first success on a bench and where he took up residence. But Belmadi will not realize his dream, unless the appeal filed by the FAF to replay the match against Cameroon is successful. Which seems unlikely.
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Dejected and disappointed, the national coach, who had settled accounts with the referee at a press conference after the match and then at Algiers airport, had dropped a bombshell by admitting that he was wondering about his future. Despite this failure, the supporters of the Greens like the Algerian press quickly campaigned for him to remain the coach of the Fennecs, not forgetting that he is the man who had led the selection to the coronation during the CAN 2019. FAF, in the middle of the war behind the scenes, has also done everything to ensure that Belmadi keeps control of the pennant team.
The coach still does not digest
All this support and this love have visibly convinced the 46-year-old technician to continue his mission with Algeria. He formalized the news yesterday during an interview broadcast by FAF-TV. The opportunity also for him to tackle the referee Bakary Gassama again. “We will never let 2-3 people conspire against us again. No referee will come to undermine an entire country. When I saw this referee sitting in the airport lounge the next day having a coffee as if nothing had happened.. I flew, I saw him in Turkey to tell him what I thought »he began by declaring.
He then added: “We, when we go to Africa, we don’t have the same favors. We steal the hopes of an entire country and leave him like that… I’m not saying he should be killed. But we will no longer accept this kind of situation. God willing, let us relive new positive emotions. The players I congratulate them, but we will have to do much better. Everyone. Me, the staff and that’s what we’re going to do.” A punchy exit from a Djamel Belmadi who still does not digest visibly. More calmly, the coach born in 76 also mentioned other very important subjects such as the follow-up and his ideas for reviving the Greens.
He announces changes in the players
“Anyway, qualifying or not, a lot was going to happen after this campaign. We are constantly thinking about how to make the group a more efficient group. So it’s more on that that we will base ourselves, the reconquest of our level, we know that. At present, there is no easy match in Africa (…) We are in the eternal questioning, so obviously it will be on the agenda, obviously there will be a workforce that will evolve. We are looking to be stronger, whether with the group, the working method, the game ideas..
And there should be changes in the workforce. “Obviously, there were players who were present against Cameroon and who will not be in June. But there will also be a core that has been affected, because the players wanted this qualification. We will have to reinvent ourselves, bring back the strength to the project we want to put in place and we will have to adhere to that. There will be the advent of players, who will have to do as Belaïli, Bounedjah, Youcef Atal, Benlamri and Bennacer did in their time. These are players who started playing with us.
New dual nationals soon with the Fennecs?
He pursues : “I call on the players who are going to join us to be in the same state of mind and show that they have the level to go and do great things. I invite them to come and take places in the selection, there will be no gifts.. A message for local players but also dual nationals. Competition has also unveiled the list of players followed by Algeria. We find there Amine Gouiri (Nice), Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton), Yacine Aldi (Bordeaux / AC Milan), Romain Faivre (OL), Akim Zedadka (Clermont) or Anthony Mandrea (Angers).
Others are going to retire internationally like Adlène Guedioura. Feghouli, Mbohli, Benlamri or even Slimani were waiting to hear Belmadi’s decision. A technician who will also have to get the best out of tough executives, like Youcef Belaïli and especially Riyad Mahrez, a captain singled out for his level and his investment in selection after his CAN 2022 and his performances against Cameroon . The project is therefore huge for Djamel Belmadi who wants more than ever to bring Algeria to the top.
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