The Algerian national team is expected to face its Guinean counterpart in a friendly next month. The possibility of playing a friendly game against Italy or Belgium on the next FIFA date is to be ruled out.
As everyone knows, the African Football Confederation has decided to postpone the 3rd and 4th day of the CAN-2024 qualifiers to March 2023. If such a decision was taken, it is simply in order to allow the five African selections qualified for the next World Cup to prepare well for this major global football meeting.
The least we can say is that this postponement has turned Djamel Belmadi’s plans upside down. In order to furnish the forced stoppage of official competition, the national coach wants to play two friendly matches on the next FIFA date, from September 19 to 27. The identity of a first sparring partner has leaked. Indeed, it is Guinea.
According to the specialized Guinean site “Conakrysport”, the Syli National will fly to Algeria on September 24 to challenge the Fennecs. Thereafter, she will travel to Paris to face, still in friendly, Ivory Coast. While waiting for the information to be confirmed by the FAF, it will be a test rich in lessons for Belmadi against a good African selection.
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Italy, Belgium, Croatia…it’s impossible for September
It must also be said that national coach Djamel Belmadi would like to face a globalist nation at the next FIFA date. We talked about Italy, Belgium or even Croatia, but it will be impossible for September.
And for good reason, these nations will be involved in the UEFA Nations League. A continental tournament which will take place from September 21 to 27.
Obviously, Djamel Belmadi will have to wait until next November to face a globalist nation in a friendly. It would be, perhaps, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Baraki stadium.