“We have to kill the opportunities we have,” regretted Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, essentially explaining the defeat against Mauritania (1-0) and the new elimination in the first round of the CAN by the lack of realism , Tuesday in Bouaké.
“He missed goals,” replied the technician to a question about what had been lacking in his team at this African Cup, which they finished in last place in their group, as in 2022, where they landed as 2019 African champion. In Ivory Coast since the start of the tournament, “we have conceded two penalties, a corner, three goals out of four from set pieces, and for our part, we cannot manage to conclude,” he added.
The Mauritanians “score following a corner in a one-sided half. As soon as we concede a semblance of an opportunity it ends up in the back of the net,” he complained.
To a question about the fact that he became the first Algerian coach to be eliminated twice in the first round, Belmadi replied: "You did not specify that I am the second to have won the African Cup."
He responded more elusively to questions about his possible departure after this failure. “When we return to the village we will see,” he said, before later saying: “For the second time we went out, I fully take responsibility for this situation.” Finally asked about the possible end of a cycle, he said: “Perhaps, yes”.