Algeria new coach Rabah Madjer at the press conference announcing his appointment

Rabah Madjer has said Algeria must start winning again in Africa after he took over his country’s team for a fourth time, revealing further that his main target is to get the team to at least the semi-finals of AFCON 2019.

His baptism of fire will be on November 10 at home against World Cup-bound Nigeria in a final qualifier for Russia 2018.

The North Africans have drawn one and lost four of their World Cup qualifiers and will be up against a team who won the group with a match to spare.

In his first press conference following his appointment, the former FC Porto star turned on the charm to fend off those who knocked his engagement.

He made it very clear that he hopes to restore Algeria’s past glory and that the team must start winning again in Africa.

Madjer has also insisted he has never been against Algeria’s expatriate players and also defended his previous stints with the national team, saying he was too young for the post in 1994 and in 2002, his target was the 2006 World Cup and not AFCON 2002.


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