Senegal's coach tips Algeria as title contender

Alain Giresse
Senegal coach Alain Giresse (Photo: Reuters)
Mohamad Mosselhi
Monday 12 Jan 2015
Senegal boss Alain Giresse has admitted that his side is facing an uphill battle during the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, which will start on Saturday, adding the game against Algeria will be very tough.

Senegal were drawn in Group C alongside Algeria, Ghana and South Africa.

Asked about Senegal's clash with Algeria, the Frenchman said that it will be very tough game given the strong performance of the Algerian side during the African qualifiers and last year's World Cup.

Algeria gave a strong performance during their qualifying campaign, winning five games before losing the last one after they guaranteed their qualification.

In the World Cup they reached the second round for the first time ever, before exiting the competition after losing 2-1 after extra time against World champions Germany.

"Algeria? They are a title contender," Giresse told Wiwsport on Monday.  

"It will be a tough game but we are prepared for all situations."

Senegal defeated Gabon 1-0 on Friday in a Nations Cup warm-up in Casablanca.    

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