This Algerian team has no soul – Hugo Broos – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


This Algerian team has no soul - Hugo Broos

Algeria’s Ghezzal Rachid fights for the ball against Zambia defender Ziyo Tembo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Zambia vs Algeria on September,2nd 2017 at National Heroes stadium,Lusaka in Zambia
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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 11:00

After seeing his side claim a win over Algeria on Saturday, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has accused the North African team of having “no soul”.

The Indomitable Lions triumphed 2-0 in the teams’ 2018 World Cup qualifier in Yaounde, with Clinton N’Jie and Franck Pangop scoring the goals.

The match may have been a dead rubber, but it was still a body blow to Algeria, who have now lost four successive matches in Group B and will finish bottom of the standings regardless of their result in the final match at home to Nigeria next month.

The result piles further pressure on beleaguered coach Lucas Alcaraz, though Broos argues that the fault lies with the players and not the team management.

“I saw an Algerian team that has many qualities but who has no soul. There is no soul in this Algerian team,” explained Broos, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“When you compare that with Cameroon, I think the difference was blatant. We fought on every ball, even in the difficult moments of the game. We wanted to win.

“I do not have that feeling for Algeria when I see it playing, even if the Algerian team may have more qualities than us.

“You know, it is not only the quality of the player that can win you a match, it is also the mentality and solidarity of the group.”

The Belgian, who guided Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations title early this year, added, “Of course, the problem is the players.

“We have to be frank and let this coach work until after the 2019 CAN. We are not going to say that the Algerian coach is a bad coach.

“He must be given a year and a half before being judged at the next CAN. It is the fourth coach who leads Algeria in just one year. So we have to think and acknowledge that the problem is not in the coach, but rather in the players.”


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