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Although Burkina Faso may have something to say about the alleged fielding of an ineligible player, as it stands, the same five countries who qualified from CAF for the 2010 World Cup have qualified for Brazil next summer. Quite a rare occurrence, particularly in recent World Cup campaigns, with it being a very long and drawn out qualification process, with two phases which result in five two-legged play-off matches, where the winner books their place in the finals. Here is a look at the prospects for each of the five nations …

Six games into the tournament, and these two sides played out a real contender for worst game of the World Cup. England’s two remaining group opponents played out a dismal encounter in Polokwane which was decided by another terrible goalkeeping error.
The first half of this match provided almost nothing worth writing about. Slovenia are reasonably organised and very defensive while lacking any attacking quality whatsoever. Algeria were slightly more progressive, with Nadir Belhadj and Karim Ziani down their left showing glimpses of quality, with a Belhadj free-kick and a Ziani …

African nation Algeria has revealed their new home and away shirts that they will wear during the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa next summer.
The qualification surprise package have only managed to reach the group stages of the World Cup on two previous occasions. After being drawn in the same qualifying group as Egypt, progress to a 3rd World Cup looked unlikely. Nevertheless, the Algerians stunned their rivals in a tightly fought group. The draw for the tournament saw the Africans pitted against USA, Slovenia and England. They will …

To quote BBC Sports’ Piers Edwards, ‘Algeria’s tournament has been one of the most inconsistent and intriguing I have ever seen.’ Following their narrow escape from a group which contained Angola and Mali, ‘Les Fennecs’ pulled off what was perhaps the victory of the tournament with an enthralling victory over the Ivory Coast. With a place in the final at stake, Algeria played North African enemies Egypt in a repeat of the hotly contested World Cup Qualifier. This time, it was the ‘Pharaohs’ who took the bragging rights with a …

After their embarrassing capitulation against arch-rivals Egypt, Algeria will be looking to gain a small consolation in taking third place by defeating Nigeria on Sunday. Likewise, Nigeria – who have finished third three times in the last four competitions – will try and put their heartbreak against Ghana aside, where they were guilty of missing several opportunities. Billed as a sluggish encounter between two tired sides, Algeria will have to dig deep to motivate themselves.

Shaibu Amodu is under severe pressure to keep his job

However, the ‘Super Eagles’ appear to have …

Three players sent off, and four goals conceded; could Algeria have come up with a more shocking display, after their excellent victory over the Ivory Coast in the quarter finals? I doubt it. Six-time champions Egypt racked up four simple goals as they dominated ‘Les Fennecs’ from start to finish, in a hotly-contested North African derby. Compared to their controversial victory in Sudan just ten weeks ago, Algeria disappointed their fans who had travelled thousands of miles to Angola.

Portsmouth’s Belhadj was dismissed for a disgraceful lunge on Al Muhammadi

With both …

 Everyone remembers the events that unfolded the last time these two fierce rivals met. After identical World Cup Qualification records, the two teams met in Sudan for a winner-takes-all encounter. However, ‘Les Fennecs’ 1-0 victory made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with reports of brawling between fans and stones being hurled at the Algerian coach.
The scenes of jubilation that followed from Rabah Saadane’s side made it evident how crucial the victory was, something which Algeria will be looking to repeat when they meet the ‘Pharaohs’ at the semi-final …

The Desert Foxes of Algeria and the Black Antelopes of Angola will come face to face on Monday Evening in Luanda. The hosts are comfortably at the top of the group with a win against Malawi on Thursday and that pulsating 4-4 draw against Mali on Matchday 1.
Algeria are in a simple position – win or bust – and Rabah Saadane’s men will be boosted by the win against Mali which saw them rack up their first points of the competition. Karim Ziani has been huge for Algeria so far, …

Rafik Halliche’s headed goal was enough for Algeria to see off Mali in a crucial must-win Group A encounter.

A Huge Win For Algeria
After the 3-0 loss to Malawi, Algeria needed a spirited performance against a Mali side who had plenty of quality in their ranks including Frederic Kanuote, Mahmadou Diarra and Seydou Keita. Mali had some decent spells in the game and should have capatilised on their territorial advantage. Kanoute, started on the bench surprisingly for Mali however there is no doubt he has to play on Monday against …

Algeria, tipped as possible favourites for the competition, find themselves in a position they would not have wanted to be in after Matchday 1 as they take on Mali in the Angola capital Luanda knowing only a win will do.

Algeria prepare for huge match in Luanda
After a poor performance against Malawi, Algeria will need to perform much much better than what they did in the 3-0 defeat which left the Desert Foxes rooted at the bottom of Group A. Manager Rabah Saadane could make a number of changes to the …