Two Algerian journalists drew the ire of local authorities after they were caught taking photographs at the stadium where Burkina will host the Fennec on Saturday
Two Algerian journalists were arrested in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou for espionage on October 5, after they were caught taking photographs from the stage level of the 'August 4' named stadium. It is here the Stallions will host the Algerian Fennec Foxes in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying knockout on Saturday.
Abdelmalek Addad and photographer Alaa Eddine Bouymout of the Arabic Algerian daily Ennahar were initially charged with espionage, with the local police confiscating their working materials, according to another Algerian sport journalist Omar Kharoum, a member of the AIPS Young Reporter.
The two men were questioned by agents who wanted to know why they took the pictures, and detained until 11pm of October 5, before being set free following the intervention of the ambassadors of Algeria and Burkina Faso.
They have since been granted permission to travel and work freely in the country under the direction of Ennahar Daily Newspaper.
More than 1000 Algerian fans will be flown in for the weekend’s encounter, according to the Algerian sports ministry. About 600 local fans watched the Stallions training at the 'August 4' Stadium on Wednesday.