Algeria determined to reach World Cup: Coach

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 11 Sep 2013

Vahid Halilhodzic is confident he can lead Algeria to their second consecutive World Cup finals

Vahid Halilhodzic (Photo: Reuters)

After Tuesday's 1-0 home victory over Mali, Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says nothing will stop his team fulfilling its World Cup dream.

Algeria, the leader of Group H with 15 points, seven clear of second placed Mali, have already secured their progression to the final phase of the 2014 World Cup African qualifiers after getting maximum points in five matches from six.

"I am totally satisfied with the players' performance against Mali, especially as the latter was not an easy opponent with its highly rated fighting spirit," the Bosnian coach said after the match.

According to FIFA rankings, Algeria are top seeds in the qualifiers alongside Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cape Verde.

The Desert Foxes will be monitoring the draw for the final phase of qualifiers on 16 September at the CAF headquarters in Cairo to discover their opponent in the deciding two-legged knockout.

Qualifying for their second consecutive World Cup would be great for Halilhodzic who guided Ivory Coast to the last tournament but left before it began.

"I hope we will not be paired alongside certain teams. I prefer not to identify them," the 60-year-old tactician said.

"Regardless of the identity of our next opponent, we will do our best to reach the finals and it would be special for me as I failed to achieve it as a player and I left Ivory Coast after guiding them there.

"We realise we have a lot of work to continue our campaign successfully and we will have the best preparation for the final phase," the coach concluded.

The final phase first leg will be played next month, with the return leg a month later.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports)

Short link: