African Nations Cup: Algeria Coach Rabah Saadane Not Surprised With Semi-Final Spot

The Algeria gaffer isn't too surprised with his side's success in Angola...
African Nations Cup outsiders Algeria made a weak start to to the tournament with a 3-0 loss against Malawi, but Les Phennecs have since bounced back with wins against Mali and Ivory Coast and have made it into the semi-finals.

Head coach Rabah Saadane received his fair share of criticism after a disappointing group stage, but the Algeria gaffer never doubted his side's abilities and Saadane is not surprised with Algeria's success.

"I had a lot of criticism after losing the opening game, but we are here now and we have qualified for the semi-final," Saadane was quoted as saying at a press conference.

"I wasn't surprised by my team, but more by Ivory Coast's decline. The critics said after we beat Mali 1-0 that we only scored goals from dead ball situations, well here we scored three goals from open play.

"We must now be focused. That's all that matters."

Algeria meet arch rivals Egypt in the semi-finals.