Algeria can still qualify - Coach

Algeria coach, Georges Leekens has insisted that the Desert Foxes were still in the race for the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket despite falling 1-3 to the Super Eagles in Uyo on Saturday.

Speaking after the match which was witnessed by capacity crowd at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Leekens said, “we still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the World Cup because we are playing very well,” adding that he was very encouraged by the character his team exhibited throughout the match.

“I understand Cameroon and Zambia played out a draw and I am not sure your team (the Eagles) have qualified. If we can win the remaining four matches, we can just pick the ticket, notwithstanding the outcome of today’s match.”

The tactician said the Eagles got a good match from his wards, blaming his players for the many chances they missed. “You give away many chances like that, you get punished. We pushed hard in the second half only to concede that last goal. It is not over yet,” he declared, adding “we do not give up like that. I am very proud of my team.”