We want to go far in Nations Cup: Algeria coach

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Jun 2019,
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Djamel Belmadi
Djamel Belmadi (Photo: AFP)

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi said on Sunday his side will do their best in this month's Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, stressing that the tournament would be very tough especially with the presence of heavyweights like Senegal and Morocco.

"We are not the only side who are chasing the title," Belmadi told Algerian newspaper El-Heddaf on Sunday.

"There are other sides who are also targeting the title such as Senegal and Morocco.

"Senegal have almost kept their team unchanged in three years. The same applies to Morocco, who played with the same players under the guidance of coach Herve Renard for long time, which is not our case."

But Belmadi, who took charge of Algeria last August, insisted his side are up to the task ahead.

"It is true that Morocco and Senegal have a good advantage but we are ready for all challenges," he added.

"The players are well prepared for the Nations Cup and they worked hard and they have the desire to go far in the competition and fight for the title."

Algeria who won the Nations Cup in 1990 will play in Group C with Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania. 

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