Algeria turns the page of the 2022 World Cup

Djahid Zefzef was elected as the new President of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) on Thursday 7 July, replacing Charaf-Eddine Amara who resigned from his post following Algeria’s elimination from the 2022 World Cup.

This elimination follows Algeria’s defeat by Cameroon (1-2) in the second leg of World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday 29 March in Blida. That game was marked by a controversial arbitration by Gambian Bakary Gassama, who had disgusted Algerian fans with his decisions in favor of Cameroon.

Two days after this elimination, the Algerian Football Federation announced that it would file a complaint with FIFA against the arbitration of the Algeria-Cameroon match.

No doubt to reassure supporters, the FAF said it had submitted a solid technical file but no evidence of corruption against referee Gassama.

“We expect nothing more! »

The appeal was dismissed by world governing body Arbitration and Cameroon’s qualifications were upheld.

Despite the clear FIFA decision, some voices in Algeria continued to harbor a faint hope of a turnaround in favor of the Greens. A question about such an unlikely scenario was put to the new head of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) this Thursday.

Djahid Zefzef didn’t bother to answer the question while breaking ground at the former FAF management team, which claimed to have submitted a “heavy” technical file to Fifa on the Algeria-Cameroon match arbitration. “I don’t think the FAF has presented a solid case,” he said.

The second point decided by Djahid Zefzef concerns the follow-up to the FAF’s complaint. The tide of the 2022 World Cup has turned for him and the next dates awaiting the Algerian national team are approaching. “We are already focusing on the 2023, 2025 and 2026 deadlines. We are expecting nothing more! “, he said.

In detail, Zefzef has set himself clear goals: Qualification for CAN 2023, completing a good CAN 2025, qualification for CAN 2025 and the World Championship 2026.

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