Algeria is looking to qualify for the World Cup finals for the fifth time in its history, after previously participating in the 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014 editions.
The Algerian national team will visit its Cameroonian counterpart, on Friday, in the first leg of the decisive round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
At the beginning of this year, the Algerian team traveled to Cameroon with the aim of defending its continental title, but the team failed badly and bid farewell to the tournament from the first round (group stage) without achieving any victory.
This tournament also cut a series of consecutive matches without defeat after 35 matches, during which the “Desert Warriors” maintained their unbeaten record, so that the team failed to equal the world record in this regard, which was registered in the name of the Italian national team (37 consecutive matches).
Despite this failure, coach Jamal Belmadi remained the technical director of the team, especially as he succeeded in leading him to the continental title in 2019, after the absence of the “Desert Warriors” from the podium since they won the championship title for the first time at their stadium in 1990.
The two teams meet in Douala, which witnessed Algeria’s 3 matches in the African Cup of Nations, which makes the Algerian team keen to get rid of memories of the recent past.
Belmadi is currently looking to make up for the failure in the defense of the continental title by re-appearing in the world championship through the next edition scheduled in Qatar this year.
If the Algerian team crosses to the finals in Qatar, this will be its fifth participation in the history of the World Cup, knowing that the team missed the 2018 edition in Russia after two consecutive participations in 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil.
But the hopes of the Algerian team will depend on the passing of one of the most prominent teams on the African continent, which is the Cameroonian team, which holds the African record in the number of participations in the World Championship with 7 previous participations.
Belmadi is counting on a distinguished group of professionals, led by Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City star, and Islam Slimani, Sporting Lisbon striker, while Baghdad Bounedjah, Al Sadd striker, and Yacine Brahimi, Al Rayyan star, are absent from the Algerian team in this confrontation.
Contrary to what happened in the Algerian national team, and despite the Cameroon (Untamed Lions) team occupying third place in the African Nations Cup, the Cameroon Football Federation ousted Portuguese coach Antonio Conceição and replaced him with national coach Rigport Song.
Thus, the confrontation will be between the Algerian and Cameroonian teams with national minds.
Song counts on a distinguished group of players, such as strikers Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi, who topped the list of top scorers in the last African Cup of Nations.
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