Already qualified for the round of 16 and assured of first place in Group C of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria faces Tanzania on Monday (1 July 2019) at Al Salam stadium in Cairo with the intention to win for the third time.
Djamel Belmadi's boys, backed by more than 5,000 Algerian fans coming to Cairo, want to rewrite history, since they have not won their three group matches since their only AFCON glory in 1990 with Rabah Madjer's teammates playing at home then.
For this meeting against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, the Algerian coach will rely on the same elements that played in the first two games with some changes to bring freshness to the midfield and attack.
On Tanzania’s side, Nigerian coach Emmanuel Amunike will hope his players could upset the Algerians, one of the tournament’s favorites, after their impressive performance in the first two days. With two defeats in as many games, the Tanzanians are already eliminated from the tournament, but they want to bow out with their heads raised.
What they said
Djamel Belmadi (Coach, Algeria)
Respect is a very important component of the game, and we always play to win whatever our position is. The players know well their duties in order to win against Tanzania. We discuss in the dressing room and I know how my players think. I said before the tournament that we have to go pass the group stage, and that’s what matters now. I know we are playing different teams now and defeating Senegal will boost our morale.
As a player I worked with different coaches and I consider myself a student who always learn every day. I don’t look to praising or criticizing, what I think of only is to do my job and try always to be better.
Riyad Mahrez (Midfielder, Algeria)
I’m just a part of the team, and we are working as a unit. The coach has the credit for making us play as a single unit and we have many talented players who are working to get the results. Belmadi is doing a good job. We won two games but this is not the end, we have to continue on working.
Emmanuel Amunike (Coach, Tanzania)
After the two defeats conceded, we are obliged to react against Algeria. We have nothing to lose. The players feel down after the two defeats, but I hope that by Monday we will be ready for this meeting. Algeria is a big team, they confirmed its ambitions in the first two games. We have a young team that lacks experience.
Simon Msuva (Player, Tanzania)
We will face a good team in Algeria. We need to win to maintain hope. We are focusing on the giving our best.