While some rumors from the corridors announced him leaving, the Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi will remain at the head of the Fennecs until 2026, as affirmed by the president of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF), Djahid Zefizef, this Friday. “Djamel Belmadi has indeed signed the amendment to his four-year contract, ie until 2026”said Mr. Zefizef, adding that it is “a commitment that concerns the national coach as well as his staff”. “We have set him clear objectives for the next two African Cups of Nations” (CAN), he added.
Arrived at the head of the Algerian selection in August 2018, Belmadi, 46, was praised after winning the CAN 2019 in Egypt. But after the elimination of the Fennecs in the first round of CAN 2022, and their failure in the race to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, many observers had questioned his choices. He was at the center of a vast campaign on social networks and in certain media which demanded his departure.
“Belmadi is currently focused on his work, and does not pay attention to what is said, nor to the criticism launched about him lately”added the boss of the FAF in response to these detractors.