Djamel Belmadi resigns as Algeria national team head coach

Djamel Belmadi has left his role as the head coach of Algeria after failing to qualify the team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 46-year old who took over as head coach in 2018 announced his decision on Tuesday evening after his side lost 2-1 to Cameroon in the second leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off.

Islam Slimani’s lone goal propelled the Desert Foxes to a narrow triumph over Cameroon in Yaounde last Friday in the first leg.

In the return fixture, Ahmed Touba’s equaliser after Choupo Moutin has scored the first goal couldn’t stand following Toko Ekambi’s late 124th winner which prevented them from cruising to the next World Cup.

The 2019 AFCON winning coach and CAF Coach of the year brings an end to his blistering reign as Algeria coach after the disappointing defeat to Cameroon.

Belmadi led Algeria in 48 games during his stay with the team, winning 31 games, drawing 13 and recording four defeats.

Algeria will now have to find a new coach to steer their affairs ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers which begin in June.

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