According to Ennahar, Algerian national team coach Rabah Saadane is more concerned with getting out of the group stage at the upcoming African Cup of Nations than anything else.
“Our objective is to go through to the second round and then
we’ll make every effort to go as far as possible in the competition,” he
explained at his press conference on Thursday.
However, Saadane did add that he and his players would have
to cope with physical and mental fatigue after a long and strenuous qualifying
campaign that took a lot out of the squad and the technical staff.
Nevertheless, he has assured the Algerian public that the team would fight
“We feel tired after the 2010 African Cup of Nations and the
World Cup joint qualifiers. We’re still going to play to win. I prefer to
remain realistic, it will be difficult even against Malawi. We are going to
play match after match,” he concluded.
This will be the Fennecs' first participation at the African Cup of Nations since their 2004 campaign in Tunis. They are drawn in Group A alongside hosts Angola, Mali, and Malawi.
Rami Ayari, Goal.com