All arrangements have been made to ensure that the national football team is well prepared for its two matches against Cameroon at the end of March for the qualifying play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abderrazak Sebgag, said on Thursday in Oran.
In a statement to media, on the sidelines of his visit to inspect the sports facilities for the Mediterranean Games scheduled for next summer in the western capital, the minister said he was closely monitoring, through the Algerian Federation of the discipline, “the necessary arrangements to enable the national team to prepare well for its double encounter with Cameroon.
Mr. Sebgag, who was accompanied by the Minister of Transport Aïssa Bekkaï, said he had contacted his counterpart in Equatorial Guinea, the country that will host the training camp of the “Greens” a few days before going to Cameroon to face the ” lions indomptables ” on March 26 in the first leg of the play-off.
“We are trying to provide our team with the best possible conditions, both in terms of equipment and mental preparation, to enable the players to be well prepared for the decisive round. It is in this perspective that the new general manager of the Greens, Djahid Zfizef, went to Equatorial Guinea,” he said.
Mr. Sebgag expressed hope that the national team “will deliver two great performances in order to secure the qualifying ticket for the World Cup and make us forget the disillusionment of the African Cup of Nations, which remains in our eyes a simple setback to which any team, however great, is vulnerable.
In addition, the same official reaffirmed that the next African championship of local players will be held in Algeria in January 2023, stressing that what was recently issued by the government of Côte d’Ivoire regarding the announcement of the hosting of this event, whose organization had previously been granted to Algeria by the African Football Confederation, is “just a mistake, as it was confirmed to me personally by the Ivorian Minister of Sports, during the communication I had with him.
Regarding this event, which Algeria will host for the first time in its history, the minister reassured that the stadiums designated to host the event “will be ready”, informing that a plan B, which includes other stadiums to which the organisers will have recourse in case of need, has been developed, he said.