Lagos – The last Group B World Cup qualifier between Algeria and Nigeria earlier billed for November 6 has been shifted to November 10 in Constantine, 400 kilometres east of the capital city, Algiers.
FAF said the new date was chosen so as to allow them arrange a friendly after this qualifier within the FIFA-friendly window.
Zetchi, who spoke to www.lebuteur.com, a popular Algerian media, on Thursday, was, however, silent on who takes over from their sacked manager, Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz following the national team’s poor run in the qualifiers. Algeria were initially tipped to win the CAF Group B, which also has Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.
Zetchi said that they would approach the Nigerian match with every sense of seriousness in order to save face following their 1-0 home loss to Zambia, which ended any hope of making it to Russia.
“I know we will have a new coach to lead us against Nigeria,” said Zetchi, who spoke in Arabic but was translated.
“I know that nothing is to be contested in the match against Nigeria but does it mean that we are going to throw it to them? No, because we are a national team and we have to salvage some pride. Remember every result will count not now but in future. But I congratulate Nigeria for their efforts,” he was quoted as saying by www.lebuteur.com.
Algeria remain with one point after five rounds of matches ahead of their last-day clash with the Super Eagles, who are home and dry in Russia after amassing 13 points after the same number of matches.
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