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The Fennec Forces coach says efforts are underway to strengthen his staff for the looming qualifiers of the 2014 Fifa World Cup

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic told reporters in Algiers on Tuesday he had been authorised by the football federation to employ a couple of assistant coaches to help prepare the national team for the 2014 World Cup qualifying set for next month.

The Fennec Foxes, ranked second on the continent before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, failed to progress from the group stage of the tournament finishing at the bottom of Group D with one point.

Many Algerians were expecting his dismissal upon his return from South Africa where the showpiece was held but the FA says he has accomplished notable reforms within the outfit and therefore deserves to stay on board for the World Cup qualifying.

The Bosnian manager said he would employ three other assistant coaches but did not give details of their future roles.

Algeria will host leaders of Group H of the World Cup qualifying Benin on March 22.