Posts tagged: algeria

So much for this being an African World Cup…

So much for this being an African World Cup. Few Africans from outside the host country have been able to make the trip south, while the South Africans who make their trade from football – the informal hawkers and trinket sellers – have been banned from within half a mile of the stadiums. The official World [...]

Africa’s World Cup squads

All 32 countries at the World Cup have this week announced their 30-man provisional squads for next month’s tournament. The coaches have until 1st June to pick their final 23. Algeria, drawn against England, USA and Slovenia, include seven home-based players in their squad but they will rely on those playing in Europe, in particular Portsmouth’s [...]

The Roundup

Best of African Club Football Let’s start with the African Champions League. Two big shocks in the first leg of the second round. Champions TP Mazembe were beaten 1-0 away to APR of Rwanda while Egyptian side Al Ahly, who have won the competition a record six times, lost by the same scoreline to Zimbabwe’s [...]

Africa’s hopes blighted by poor planning

Africa’s World Cup teams are in trouble. Nigeria and Ivory Coast both sacked their coaches after disappointing performances in the Africa Cup of Nations. Cameroon didn’t sack Paul Le Guen but the team’s tepid performance in Angola hardly augured well for South Africa. Algeria reached the semi-finals but their complete loss of discipline in their [...]

Algeria’s revenge

Algeria should have been the first African team to reach the second round of a World Cup. In 1982 they recorded a famous victory, beating West Germany 2-1. They went on to lose their second match to Austria but recovered to beat Chile 3-2. Algeria were on the brink of qualification but had to wait [...]

Africa Cup of Nations: What we’ve learnt so far

The favourites could be knocked out in the first round Ivory Coast are in trouble. Togo’s disqualification/withdrawal (see below) has left Group B with just three teams. Ivory Coast, the tournament favourites, drew their opening match with Burkina Faso meaning they need to beat Ghana tomorrow to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals. Anything less [...]