Antar Yahia has told Le Buteur that he is extremely honoured to be the first player from Algeria to captain a Bundesliga side. The Mulhouse native was speaking after having scored the winning goal in Bochum’s win over Hertha Berlin.
"It’s historic for Algerian football since I’m the first
Algerian to be a captain of a team at the beginning of a Bundesliga match," he said.
German television announced it during the match commentary and journalists
repeated it at the end of the game.
"It’s a huge honour for me. This shows that
Algerian football is on the right path."
Meanwhile, the centre-back denied having used the captain’s
armband to bully team-mates off the ball on the free kick he scored and
stressed that he was only following his coach’s orders.
He said, “Quite simply, we work on that set piece in
training all week. The manager told me that if a free kick not far from the
goal presented itself, I should shoot it. Seeing that it was 20 metres away, I
decided to try my luck and it worked.”
Rami Ayari, Goal.com