Bad news for the Fennecs

The elimination of Algeria for the World Cup in Qatar deprives the Fennecs of an attractive loss leader to convince bi-national players.

This time, the Fennecs must make up their minds. FIFA has indeed rejected the appeal filed by Algeria after the defeat conceded to Blida against Cameroon and therefore recorded the elimination of the men of Djamel Belmadi in the play-offs for the World Cup in Qatar. A terrible blow for the Mahrez generation, who hoped to find the golds of the World Cup eight years after the World Cup in Brazil.

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This elimination also looks like a double penalty for Djamel Belmadi and the Algerian Federation, deprived of the most beautiful loss leader to convince bi-national players to join the Algerian selection. The Algerian coach has targeted several young Ligue 1 players and is pushing hard to attract them to the Desert Warriors. Rayan Cherki, Amine Gouiri, Rayan Aït-Nouri or even Michael Olise, nugget of Crystal Palace (Algeria, France, Nigeria) are thus in his little papers.

Conversely, the qualification of the Indomitable Lions for Qatar gave ideas to some. After a solid season with RC Lens, Christopher Wooh chose, at the age of 20, to play for Cameroon. “There is a World Cup that is there. At my age, it would be nice to take part in this competition. Especially a year and a half after my professional debut”he told Goal.

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