The FAF and FTF have come to the common agreement to postpone the friendly match between Algeria and Tunisia, which was originally scheduled for February 9th, to an alternative date that is yet to be determined. The decision was reportedly taken after it was revealed that the 5th of July Stadium in Algiers had electricity problems which were affecting the lights and thus and would not be able to accommodate the 20:30 kick-off time.
According to Ennahar, Algeria reportedly offered for the game to be hosted in Annaba instead but, aside from the pitch being in a bad state, the Tunisians expressed reservations about having to travel to the border town by road after the initial flight to Algiers. The FTF is said to have made a last ditch effort to have the match moved to France but the offer was refused.
The revelation is bad news for both sides who are both in desperate need of continuity and improvement as both are struggling in 2010 AFCON qualifying and have big matches in late March that neither of them can afford to lose.
Some analysts have speculated that the Algerian government is behind the cancellation considering the possibility of the match becoming an opportunity for football fans to vent their frustrations at the political situation in their country.