AFCON AFCON 2023: Algeria were expecting more from Angola draw – Belmadi

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has admitted he was not satisfied with the team’s 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations opening draw against Angola on Monday.

It was Angolan striker Cristovao Paciencia, who rescued a vital point for his side after converting from the spot to hold the North Africans at Bouake’s Stade De La Paix in the Group C opener. The Desert Foxes had earlier been rewarded for their relentless attacks after a lobbed ball from the back went over Kialonda Gaspar for 2019 title hero, Baghdad Bounedjah to comfortably slot it into the bottom left corner.

“This is not the result we expected. We were expecting to have three points. We tried our best and didn’t want to lose the game so we did what we could do to get a point which was necessary,” said Belmadi as quoted by CAFOnline.

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“We were supposed to do better in the second half but we can also talk about the moments we did well. We have identified our weakness as we didn’t defend very well for us to concede the penalty which was a big mistake. We are in a transitional period so we try for this team to work together and we have also learnt lessons from this game for our remaining games.”

Baghdad Bounedjah of Algeria celebrates goal with teammates during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Algeria and Angola held at Peace Stadium in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire on 15 January 2024 ©Djaffar Ladjal/BackpagePix

Belmadi however, admitted they made technical errors which affected them but they will prepare for a better result against Burkina Faso. ”We made some technical mistakes but it’s not professional to start a tournament with the mindset of a loser so we will prepare for the match against Burkina Faso to put things right.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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