Missing Africa Cup would be 'catastrophe,' says Algeria coach

Mohamad Mosselhi , Thursday 6 Sep 2012

Vahid Halilhodzic says his team are determined to qualify for next year's African Cup of Nations, stressing failure to do so would be 'catastrophic'

Vahid Halilhodzic

Algeria's coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Thursday that his team are determined to clinch their qualification for next year's African Cup of Nations at the expense of opponents Libya.

Algeria, who missed the last edition of the African Cup of Nations, will face Libya in the first leg of the final round of the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers on Sunday in Casablanca.

The match was moved from Libya due to the country's instability.

"Missing the African Cup of Nations for the second time in a row would be a catastrophe," the Bosnian coach told the Algerian Football Association's website on Thursday.

''The game will be a tough one, against an ambitious team.''

''Our trip to Morocco will not be a picnic. We must be serious during this game, which will be the key to our qualification," he concluded.

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