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Vahid Halilhodzic says the North Africans have prepared as well as they possibly can and claims his side are confident of success in their Group H opener on Tuesday

By Ben Hayward in Belo Horizonte

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says "anything is possible" for the North African side as they kick-off their World Cup campaign against much-fancied Belgium on Tuesday.

The Desert Foxes beat both Armenia and Romania in the build-up to this competition and their Bosnian boss believes they are well prepared to face Marc Wilmots' side in Belo Horizonte.

"Today Belgium have one of the finest teams in their history," he said in the pre-match press conference at the Estadio Mineirao on Monday. "It will take audacity and courage. Success never happens by chance.

"We have prepared as well as we possibly can. We are the only Arab team in the competition and we want to make absolutely sure we represent the country well and make them proud of us."

Halilhodzic admitted he still sees some weaknesses in his side, but was full of optimimism ahead of the Group H clash.

"We have still some shortcomings that are bothering me," he said. "But we have to believe that we can do some damage against the Belgians. Everything is possible. Yes we can!"


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