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🇩🇿 Algeria: The underachieving African football giant

🇩🇿 Algeria: The underachieving African football giant

Algeria is one of Africa's greatest footballing nation and has produced some of the best talents on the continent including Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez. 

Among notable players to have turned out for Desert Foxes or Les Fennecs include Lakhdar Belloumi, Abdelhafid Tasfaout, Raïs M'Bolhi and Madjid Bougherra. Others are Islam Slimani, Hillal Soudani, Baghdad Bounedjah and Riyad Mahrez.

But despite the abundance of such obscene talents, Algeria has won the coveted Africa Cup of Nations only twice in history; in 1990 at home and 2019 in Egypt. 

In both occasions, they overcame great odds as they claimed continental glory.

In1990, Les Fennecs won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations in the best of ways, winning all of their five games en route to glory.

They opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Nigeria, before defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 and regional rivals Egypt 2-0 respectively. In the semifinals they overcame Senegal 2-1, before beating Nigeria once again in the final, this time through Cherif Oudjani lone goal in the opening half.

They were coached by Abdelhamid Kermali and Djamel Menad was their top scorer with 4 goals.

They had to wait 19 years later when Djamel Belmadi guided them to their second title in Egypt.

Les Fennecs won people’s hearts with their outstanding performances in Egypt to claim their second AFCON title, the inaugural 24-team format.

They finished Group C with maximum points, after three victories over Kenya (2-0), Senegal (1-0) and Tanzania (3-0). A 3-0 win over Guinea in the Round of 16 saw them reaching the quarterfinals, where they defeated Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in full time.

Riyad Mahrez scored five minutes into injury time as Algeria cruised 2-1 over Nigeria in the semis. In the final, Algeria needed a second minute goal from Baghdad Bounedjah to defeat Senegal once again 1-0 and claim the trophy in style.
Man City's Mahrez and Adam Ounas were the team's best goalscorer's with 3 goals each. 

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