AFCON 2019: Algeria Coach Speaks After Final Win

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AFCON 2019 champions Algeria (Photo Courtesy: beIN SPORTS)

Manager of the triumphant Algerian team, Djamel Belmadi has hailed his side’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 feat as “extraordinary and historic”.

Concise News reports that the Desert Foxes beat Senegal one-nil in Cairo on Friday in a tough match. And despite the Senegalese dominating the game and putting the new champions on the back foot for the majority of the contest, the trainer is pleased.

“It’s extraordinary. It’s historic,” he told beIN Sports.

“This is the first Cup of Nations we have won outside our borders.

“Since 1990, it has been a long, empty passage. We are a football country. We deserve it, I think.

“It was a very complicated match, very difficult. We knew that it was going to be decided on a small detail. And the boys held on.

“With the tournament we had, with better attack and better defence, what more? But without the players, I am nothing.

“We tend to forget that they are the main protagonists. They are the ones who play, who apply the instructions. They did it wonderfully – if not better.”

Furthermore, according to CAF Online, Belmadi states that the job was done and that was what mattered most.

“It wasn’t the best game in the tactical sense, but in finals, we play for the win, not for good football.

“This triumph has a special taste as it’s not played at home. We are at the top of African football.

“I thank my players for their efforts. We doubly prepared for it.”

On why star attacking midfielder, Yacine Brahimi started the match from the bench, the former player explains:

“Rafik Halliche has probably played his last game and Yacine Brahimi wasn’t fit because he was injured.

“This tournament saw the birth of a new generation of players, like [Ismaël] Benacer, who is the player of the tournament.

“The same goes to Adam Ounas who scored three goals.”

Algeria scored in every match they played in this year’s AFCON, racking up 13 goals in total for the tournament and they did not lose a game.

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