Algeria coach Belmadi relishes 'beautiful' North African derby

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Oct 2023

Algeria coach Jamal Belmadi has expressed his admiration for Egypt ahead of their friendly match on Monday, saying it will be a “beautiful” North African derby.

Jamal Belmadi
Algeria coach Jamal Belmadi. AFP


“A beautiful match between Egypt and Algeria. It is almost a North African derby that includes excellent players from both sides,” Belmadi said.

Belmadi praised the quality of the Egyptian players, saying they are among the best in Africa.

He expects a tough challenge from Egypt, who will have their full squad available, unlike their previous defeat by Tunisia.

“The Egyptian national team will be complete, unlike their defeat against Tunisia in which Ahly players were not present as they were preparing to face USM Alger. We hope to benefit from that match and continue to improve.

“We tried to face Egypt on four previous occasions for the international agenda, but the match was cancelled for various reasons each time. Finally, it will take place this time,” he added.

The Egyptian national team met Algeria in the Arab Cup in 2021, their first encounter since 2010. That year, Egypt had beaten Algeria 4-0 in the African Nations Cup semi-final in Angola, after losing to them in a tense World Cup qualifier in Omdurman.

The friendly match is part of the preparations for both teams for the 2023 African Nations Cup qualifiers, which will begin in January.

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