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Rabah Madjer to attend this evening’s Algiers derby

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Rabah Madjer to attend this evening’s Algiers derby

Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 17:00


Algeria national team coach Rabah Madjer will attend this evening’s Ligue 1 capital derby clash between MC Alger and USM Alger.

The match will be staged at the 5 July Stadium in Algiers and sees hosts and fourth-placed MCA looking to make up ground on league leaders CS Constantine, while USMA are looking to lift themselves out of a lowly 12th place.

Madjer’s assistants, Djamel Menad and Meziane Ighil, have been travelling all around Algeria attending domestic Ligue 1 matches to scout players for the Fennec Foxes, and they will also be in attendance for the match.

Le Buteur reports that the likes of USMA’s Rafik Chafai, Oussama Darfalou and Zoheir Abdellaoui, as well as MCA’s Rachid Bouhenna, Sofiane Bendebka and Hichem Nekkache will be under the microscope of the Fennec Foxes’ coaches.

Madjer is reportedly in search of “rare birds” as he seeks to strengthen the Algerian national team following their disastrous 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Algerian coach Rabah Madjer says Nigeria was scared of them – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Algerian coach Rabah Madjer says Nigeria was scared of them

Algerian head coach Rabah Madjer

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 18:30

Algerian national team coach Rabah Madjer says the Super Eagles of Nigeria were scared of them after playing to a 1-1 draw on Friday.

Madjer was speaking after their last match of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign in Group B, saying Gernot Rohr’s men were scared of losing the match.

However, goals from John Ogu and Yacine Brahimi’s penalty saw the Desert Warriors securing a point at home.

“In the second half, after the goal from Nigeria, I had to make some changes. I pulled out (Riyad) Mahrez who was tired and replaced (Zinedine) Ferhat in his place,” Madjer said to El Bahdja Radio.

“I brought back (Baghdad) Bounedjah who brought a lot in front. We created a lot of opportunities and if we had been effective, we would have won.

“Moreover, Nigeria was scared of us during the second half. They saw that we could win.”

The North Africans will face Central African Republic in their next international fixture on Tuesday, while Nigeria are in Russia for a friendly against Argentina’s Albiceleste.

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New Algerian coach Rabah Madjer happy with performance against Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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New Algerian coach Rabah Madjer happy with  performance against Nigeria

Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 14:00


After leading the Desert Warriors to a 1-1 draw in his first assignment as coach, Algeria’s Rabah Madjer says there are positives from the team.

Madjer revealed that he was satisfied with his side’s performance against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday night.

He also admitted that the North Africans would have won if not for the opportunities they missed, but also said Gernot Rohr’s men kept fighting hard.

”Frankly, we could not ask more to this team. We faced a very tough team from Nigeria, who did not let it go despite their World Cup qualification earned even before this match,” Madjer said.

“We tried to develop our game despite the difficulties.

”That said, I think that what I saw tonight, the future of this selection looks bright. There are many positive things to remember, though, I repeat, not everything has been perfect.

”I think this draw is satisfying even if we could have won if we had converted the opportunities we got, especially in the second half.”

The draw leaves Algeria at the bottom of Group B.

Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia will represent the African continent at the World Cup in Russia next year.

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We could not have asked for more – Algeria coach Rabah Madjer – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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We could not have asked for more - Algeria coach Rabah Madjer

Islam SLIMANI of Algeria Challenged by Leon BALOGUN (L) and William EKONG(R) of Nigeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium
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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 11:00


Algeria coach Rabah Madjer has said he could not have asked for more from his team after they held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The teams played to a stalemate in Constantine on Friday evening, with Yacine Brahimi’s late penalty cancelling out John Ogu’s opener just past the hour mark.

The result was only academic, with the Super Eagles having already secured qualification before the match, while Algeria ended bottom of the group despite the point earned.

Yet new coach Madjer, who has recently succeeded Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz, was satisfied with what he saw.

“Frankly, we could not ask more of this team. We faced a very tough team from Nigeria, who did not let it go despite their World Cup qualification earned even before this match,” the Fennec Foxes coach told a post-match press conference, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“We tried to develop our game despite the difficulties. That said, I think that what I saw tonight, the future of this selection looks bright.

“There are many positive things to remember, though, I repeat, not everything has been perfect.

”I think this draw is satisfying even if we could have won if we had converted the opportunities we got, especially in the second half.”

Algeria and Nigeria will both be in action this coming midweek when they play international friendlies against Central African Republic and Argentina respectively.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Algerian coach Rabah Madjer banking on Leicester player to beat Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Algerian coach Rabah Madjer banking on Leicester player to beat Nigeria

Riyad Mahrez of Algeria battles Nigeria ‘s Etebo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:00


Although Algeria are out of the race to book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Desert Warriors will still have to protect their dignity when they meet Nigeria.

The thrilling encounter is set to be staged in Constantine on Friday as the North Africans will hope to boost their morale after a poor campaign.

Having a new coach in Rabah Madjer, the Algerians are aware that a win will ease their dismal qualifying campaign.

Madjer will lead the side for the first time after the axing of Lucas Alcaraz last month, and he wants a win to start his tenure on a high.

However, he will not make it happen alone and that is why players such as Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani must be in an uncompromising mood to down the Super Eagles.

“Our team is in crisis, it has been a difficult period for the players and that is why we have to get back to winning matches immediately (defeating Nigeria),” stressed Madjer.

Madjer will bank on the Leicester City winger as he has been impressive in the English Premier League in recent times.

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Rabah Madjer speaks on non-selection of Feghouli and Mbolhi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Rabah Madjer speaks on non-selection of Feghouli and Mbolhi

Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 13:00


New Algeria coach Rabah Madjer has spoken out on the issue of his non-selection of Sofiane Feghouli and Rais Mbolhi.

Madjer last week named his first Fennec Foxes squad since taking over the reins from Lucas Alcaraz, as he looked forward to a 2018 World Cup qualifying clash at home to Nigeria next weekend.

One of the major issues arising from his first squad was the decision to overlook some big-name players including Feghouli, who once famously criticised the era of players Madjer hails from, as well as Mbolhi, who appears to have lost his claim to the number one jersey.

The coach explained that he has no issues with either player and includes them in his long-term plans. For now, however, he wants to have a look at different candidates.

“I do not close the door of the selection to any player. Many spoke of Feghouli and his non-selection. I wonder what problem I could have with Feghouli!” exclaimed Madjer, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“On the contrary, this player, I defended him a lot. He has given a lot to the selection and I will continue to encourage him. He will be able to return soon and help with the selection.”

He added, “I can assure you that I did not dismiss Feghouli because of his statements. I do not lower myself to this level anyway.

“I repeat, I respect a lot Feghouli and all the players who gave so much to the selection. I would not allow myself to get them out the door.

“As long as a player can bring a plus to the selection, I will continue to call him. This does not mean that Feghouli is not a good player just like Ghezzal, Belfodil or Ounas, but it’s just a matter of choice.”

As for Mbolhi, Madjer explained: “I made the decision not to summon him and I have my reasons. We also have other goalkeepers whom we want to see at work.

“Bring Mbolhi back and then put him on the bench, it would have been a lack of respect on my part for this goalkeeper who gave a lot to the selection.

“This does not mean that he is definitely dismissed. [But] I want to give the other goalies the chance to prove their qualities.”

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Algerian legends back Rabah Madjer as national team coach ahead of Nigeria clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Algerian legends back Rabah Madjer as national team coach ahead of Nigeria clash

Islam SLIMANI of Algeria Challenged by Leon BALOGUN (L) and William EKONG(R) of Nigeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 09:00


Ahead of Algeria’s clash against Nigeria in their final Group B, 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next week, former Desert Warriors players have backed new coach Rabah Madjer.

This comes after Madjer was named national coach for the fourth time in his career on October 18 after Lucas Alcaraz was dismissed following a disappointing World Cup qualification campaign.

Ex-internationals such as Billel Dziri, who played under Madjer in the 1990s, believe the 1987 African Footballer of the Year can win over his critics.

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“The players will see his training methods and the quality of his training sessions,” he told BBC Sport.

“People say that it has been a long time since he has not coached, but he has lots of experience on the football pitch. We cannot neglect that fact.”

On the other hand, Omar Belbey, who played under Madjer at the 2002 CAF African Nations Cup, adds it could be unwise to ignore the latter’s extensive experience.

“When you have an ex-international with the career he had and all that he represents, that is a monstrous asset,” adds Belbey.

“We, the players, listened to what he had to say because he knows what he’s talking about.”

Madjer has since announced his squad for the Super Eagles clash set to be staged in Constantine on November 10, which will be followed by a friendly against the Central African Republic in Algiers on November 14.

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Rabah Madjer to drop Rachid Ghezzal? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Rabah Madjer to drop Rachid Ghezzal?

Lyon midfielder Rachid Ghezzal

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 18:00


Speculation coming out of the Algerian media is that new Fennec Foxes coach Rabah Madjer may drop Rachid Ghezzal ahead of their final 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Ghezzal appeared as a substitute in Algeria’s 2-0 loss to Cameroon in their penultimate Group B qualifier earlier this month.

However, the 25-year-old has not appeared for his Ligue 1 club Monaco since returning from duty with his national team – despite not carrying any kind of injury.

The Algerian attacker was a substitute in Monaco’s 1-1 draw with Montpellier on 29 September, their last match before the international break.

He has since been frozen out by coach Leonardo Jardim, not even making the matchday squads for the subsequent fixtures against Olympique Lyon, Besiktas and Caen.

Ghezzal’s lack of playing action at club level may well convince new Algeria coach Madjer to overlook him for the final qualifier at home to Nigeria next month.

The Fennec Foxes coach is set to name his squad for the match against the already-qualified Super Eagles within the next few days.

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Algeria confirm Rabah Madjer as new coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Algeria confirm Rabah Madjer as new coach

Riyad Karim Mahrez of Algeria celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 10:00


The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has confirmed that Rabah Madjer has been appointed as their new national team manager.

Madjer, 58, is the fifth coach to take charge of the Fennec Foxes in the past three years and succeeds Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz, who was sacked earlier this month after Algeria’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Madjer is a legendary former Algerian national team player and has had multiple spells in charge of the North African side, the most recent of which ended in 2002 with an early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Madjer has been tasked with securing qualification for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon, though his first game in charge will be the dead-rubber World Cup qualifier against Group B winners and Russia-bound Nigeria next month.

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