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‘Desert Warriors’ stalk Cameroon’s lions on their way to World Cup qualification

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In just a few weeks, the Algerian national football team showed that the decision to keep coach Djamel Belmadi as the team’s coach was very correct, despite the great failure in the 2021 African Cup of Nations, organized by Cameroon earlier this year. .
Belmadi led the team to quickly recover from the scare of early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, which the team fought to defend their African title, and the team achieved an important away victory at the expense of their Cameroonian counterpart last Friday in the first leg of the decisive round.

And it is that the Algerian team has needed more vigilance and concentration for only 90 minutes in their game tomorrow, in the second leg of the same prominence, to reappear in the World Cup after the absence in the last edition organized by Russia. in 2018.

Despite winning the first leg 1-0 last Friday, Belmadi’s Algerian team knows that relying too much on this result would be a great danger, especially since their rival is the “untamed black” Cameroonian team, which ended third in the African ranking. Nations Cup last month.

The two teams had previously met at the Mustafa Chaker Stadium, which will host the second leg tomorrow, in 2016 in the first leg of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and drew 1-1, while the second leg between the two ended in Cameroon. in favor of the hosts 1-0, and the two teams came out empty-handed from this Qualifier, where the head of the group and the qualification card went to the Nigerian team.

The difficult matchup against Cameroon on the final day of World Cup qualifying came just weeks after the Desert Warriors’ emergency setback at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Algerian team quickly shook off the bad memories that kept it out of the continental championship in Cameroon’s stadiums and won the same stadium in Douala, which saw all three of its African Championship matches last January.

Earlier this year, the Algerian team traveled to Cameroon with the aim of defending their continental title, but the team failed miserably and said goodbye to the tournament from the first round (group stage) without achieving any victory. undefeated, as the team failed to match the world record in this regard, which is registered in the name of the Italian national team (37 consecutive games).

Despite this failure, coach Jamal Belmadi remained the team’s technical director, especially as he managed to lead the team to the continental title in 2019 after the Desert Warriors’ absence from the podium since winning the championship title for the first time. at their stadium in 1990.

The two teams meet again tomorrow in Blida, and Belmadi hopes to make up for the failure to defend the continental title by reappearing in the World Championship through the next edition scheduled for Qatar this year.

If the Algerian national team crosses to the final in Qatar, this will be their fifth participation in the history of the World Cup, knowing that the team missed the 2018 edition in Russia after two consecutive appearances in 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil.

But the Algerian team’s hopes will depend on the strong reaction of the Cameroonian team, which holds the African record for World Cup appearances with seven previous appearances.

Belmadi boasts a distinguished group of professionals, led by Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez and Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, scorer of the winning goal against Cameroon last Friday.

Contrary to what happened in the Algerian national team, and despite the fact that the Cameroonian national team (Indomitable Lions) ranked third in the African Cup of Nations, the Cameroon Football Federation dismissed the Portuguese coach Antonio Conceição and replaced him by national coach Rigport Song.

Song boasts an outstanding group of players including strikers Vincent Aboubacar and Karl Toko Ekambi, who topped the list of top scorers at the last African Cup of Nations, but neither managed to score in last Friday’s first leg.

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