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L’Expression: Sport – The Greens ready

The players of the Algerian football team of local players and their technical staff, led by Madjid Bougherra, are focused on preparing for the CHAN-2022 African Nations Championship (postponed to 2023, ed. note) in Algeria, from January 13 to 4 . February, 2023. After closing a training camp in Tabarka (Tunisia) on Wednesday, marked by two friendlies against Mali (4-0) and Niger (2-0), the Algerian players are preparing to complete another training camp from 10 to 26 November underway in the United Arab Emirates, with two friendlies on the menu against Syria and Kuwait, and a third match against an African team yet to be appointed. During their last friendly match played last Wednesday, the players of the Algerian A’ selection, led by Bougherra, won over their Nigerian counterpart (2-0). This friendly was played on the lawn of the La Cigale Center in Tabarka, Tunisia. Highly motivated, the Algerians opened the scoring with a goal by Fethi Tahar (2′). Although the Greens dominated their opponents well, they were nonetheless guilty of a lack of realism as they closed in on the Nigerian goals and missed several chances to double the lead in the first half. Soufiane Bayazid and his compatriots continued their dominance in the second half, but had to work hard to double the lead in added time (90. + 2). And it is also Chouaïb Debbih who added to the bill by scoring this second goal of (90. + 2). Bougherra and his players thus recorded their second friendly victory, as during the first friendly test played on Saturday at the same venue, the greens largely dominated their Malian counterparts (4-0). The Algerian goals were scored by Meziane (39th), Mahious (49th), Djahnit (69th) and Kendouci (84th). These victories show, if necessary, the progress of the players from Bougherra, who started the season last September with a very solid meeting against the selection “A” from Nigeria (2-2). This is how Bougherra and his staff could see all the players to finally choose only the strongest for their participation in the CHAN, which our country will organize at the beginning of next year. The coach of the national football team A ‘ seized this opportunity and urged his elements to avoid injuries while showing “professionalism off the pitch” as this continental competition approaches. “I have a message for the players: I ask them to keep working, take care of yourselves, we are coming to a very difficult period, they have chained many games, we have to avoid injuries, be professional off the pitch. Players must be ready on the day of the CHAN so they don’t over-revving. We must all be united because CHAN’s interest is the country’s interest,” Bougherra said in an interview published Thursday on the Algerian Federation (FAF) official website. In addition to the offensive efficiency during these two test matches with 6 goals scored, the Algerian defense showed its solidity with 0 goals conceded. “We weren’t too worried. Tactically, everyone made an effort, that’s something you have to keep, that’s the key to success. The players are very generous, it’s a pleasure to be with them at every step they want to progress. The sequence of victories shows that there is seriousness, that the players are developing,” he said. And to continue: “We must not ignite, these battles are already behind us. Now we have to start again on a new stage with a desire to progress and win future meetings. We have to be in competitive mode every game, that’s what we try to instill in the players every time. In addition, the technical staff of the Greens, led by Madjid Bougherra, must stabilize his team and determine his “eleven” during the next training course planned in the United Arab Emirates, in the period from 10 to 26 November in progress. This comes before another course scheduled for December next year, before tackling CHAN in January. In fact, during this CHAN scheduled from January 14 to February 3, 2023, Algeria will play in Group “A” home to the Baraki Stadium alongside Libya, Ethiopia and Mozambique. The Greens kick off the competition on Friday 13 January against Libya (5pm). As a reminder, the 18 countries that participated in this competition were divided into three groups of four and two groups of three. Finally, remember that the first two in groups A, B and C and the first of groups D and E qualify for the quarter-finals.

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