Algeria name Lucas Alcaraz as new coach

The Spaniard has been saddled with the responsibility of leading the Desert Foxes to get the 2018 Fifa World Cup and 2019 Afcon tickets

Lucas Alcaraz has been appointed the head coach of Algeria national team.

The appointment comes three days after he was axed as manager of Spanish topflight side, Granada following their 3-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday.

FAF new boss Khereddine Zetchi confirmed the appointment of the Spaniard, who is expected to qualify the north African nation to the 2018 Fifa World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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The Desert Foxes have been without a trainer since Georges Leekens’ exit following the team’s poor outing at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

50-year-old Alcaraz will take charge of his first competitive game when his Togo visit Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June.

Algeria sit at the base of Group B with one point in the race to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia. Alcarez would be hoping to beat leaders Nigeria to the zone’s lone slot.