Algerian national team coach Madjid Bougherra highlighted that the team’s objective is to complete their group campaign on a positive note.
The Desert Foxes will play Mozambique in their last Group encounter of the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship on Saturday.
Bougherra in his pre-match conference said the team was duly recovered from the game against Ethiopia.
“The goal is to finish the group stage in first place.
“We have fully recovered from the Ethiopia match.
“We now need to assess whether there needs to be changes to the starting line up or not.
” We have a great squad, so we have enough options”, Bougherra said during the press conference he held at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Friday.
The coach revealed that he has visited Mozambique and that they are well-organized tactically:
“We saw the Mozambique national team against Ethiopia, and it has good tactical organization.
“They are dangerous, especially on counter attacks.
“They are a team that plays good football but we will be prepared for the 90-minutes”, said the coach.
Bougherra openly responded that any team between Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo would be his preference to play in the quarterfinals.
“Every match must be played like a final. We can take on either Cote d’Ivoire or DR Congo.
“Côte d’Ivoire is a well-known team that applies good football and has good capabilities, and from a good physical point of view, it is a high-level team, and we will see who qualifies in the quarter-finals to meet it.”
The head coach also spoke about the backing his team received from legendary Algerian football players like Mohamad Maouche and Rabah Madjer throughout the CHAN competition.
“We highly respect all Algerian football legends and players, and we are very happy to see them support us.
“Madjer is a legend in Africa and the world, and all the legends who attended our matches contributed to us working hard and achieving these results.
“The younger generation really appreciates it when a legend comes to watch them play” concluded the coach.
Goalkeeper for the Algerian national team Alexis Guendouz, who was in attendance together with his coach, promised to give Mozambique their all.
“We had a very competitive group and now we focus on the last match to conclude on a high. We will give everything we have and work to win the last match. We are working hard to get ahead and so far everything is going well”, said Guendouz.
“Yes, this competition is very important for us. It is being followed by people across the world who are looking for new players who will play professionally in Europe or other clubs.
“We therefore have to do our best to achieve victory” concluded the shot-stopper.