The Algerian national team will deliver, in the afternoon of October 12, from 5 p.m. (Algerian time), its 4th match in the qualifying group round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Greens will give the response in Niger at the Général-Seyni-Kountche stadium in Niamey.
As much to say it bluntly: Algeria is obliged to win, knowing that its main competitor in this pool, Burkina Faso, won yesterday against Djibouti (2-0) in a match counting for the same day. Burkina has also propelled itself to 1st place in the standings, with 10 points, leaving second place to the Algerians who have 7 units.
It must be said that the mission of the reigning African champions does not promise to be easy against an opponent who swears by victory to wash away the affront suffered last Friday at the Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida, and the heavy defeat (6-1) in the first leg. Niger, which is far from constituting a real thunderbolt of war, believes in its chances for this return round. He is especially crowned by the first half “reference”, according to his coach, carried out on Friday.
In addition, the Niger team, which will be keen to bring down Algeria, which remains on a streak of 30 games without defeat, seems to be putting all the cards on their side to achieve this feat. In fact, according to the latest news, the Nigerien authorities have decided to open the stadium to the public. According to media sources, the local federation authorized the entry of 2,000 supporters. The latter will have for mission to carry their eleven to achieve a victory “of prestige”; nothing more against the fennecs.
National coach Djamel Belmadi knows his team is expected in Niger and has prepared his team accordingly. The Greens are back to the wall and must surpass themselves in order to recover their leader’s chair and thus hope to go to the world. To do this, Belmadi, who has a rich squad, would have to trust the same team that started last Friday’s game, with probably some changes, especially in attack. Some observers are announcing Youcef Belaili in place of Saïd Benrahma, who is still unable to find his bearings with the national team.
This afternoon’s Niger-Algeria match will be broadcast live on several television channels, and live streaming on certain online platforms: