Rabah Saadane has officially resigned as head coach of the Algerian national team. The coach who led the Fennecs to the 2010 World Cup for the first time in 24 years this summer took the decision following his team’s disappointing 1-1 home draw against Tanzania yesterday in their first match of 2012 AFCON qualifiers.
The news was confirmed in a statement posted on the Algerian Football Federation’s website which read: “On Saturday, Mr. Rabah Saadane resigned from his post as coach of the national team 'A'. The choice of Mr. Saadane has been endorsed by the president of the Algerian Football Federation who would like to thank and pay tribute to him for his excellent work.”
Algeria’s Olympic and domestic national team coach Abdelhak Ben Chikha is expected to take over as caretaker while the FAF decides who will replace Saadane on a permanent basis.