Algeria wary of Morocco and Senegal, says sad coach Halilhodzic

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 16 Jun 2012

Algeria's coach considers Senegal, Morocco and Benin a big threat in the final elimination round of the 2013 African Nations Cup

Vahid Halilhodzic
Vahid Halilhodzic

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic praises his players for becoming the first team to qualify for the final round of the African Nations Cup. The team shone by outplaying Gambia 4-1 in Blida on Friday.

Four months ago, the Desert Foxes built a first-leg lead when they defeated the Gambian team 2-1.

Despite of their 2014 World Cup qualifier 2-1 loss against Mali last week, the Algerians recovered quickly to reconcile with fans, crushing the Gambians again.

"It is a marvelous win. Our opponent was not an easy team, yet we managed to score four times," Halilhodzic said in the press conference after the match.

"I was very sad after the undeserved defeat against Mali. Also, the players were depressed, but they managed to deliver a good performance. I hope this win will motivate us a lot," added the Bosnian coach.

Algerians are now waiting anxiously for the draw of the final elimination round that will be held this September and October. The 59-year-old tactician, Halilhodzic, has made no secret of his worry about playing Morocco and Senegal.

"We didn't reach our goal yet. We must prepare well for the final round of the qualifiers. It will be a tough mission if the draw paired us alongside strong teams, like Senegal, Morocco or Benin," concluded Halilhodzic.

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