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Wednesday, 24 January 2024 20:25

Algeria part ways with coach Belmadi after second straight Afcon group-stage exit.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has agreed to stand down after they were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Tuesday, the country's football federation said on Wednesday.

"I met with Djamel and we reached an amicable agreement to dissolve the association," Walid Sadi, president of Algeria's football federation, said.

"We thank Djamel for everything he did for the team and wish him good luck in the rest of his career."

Sadi added their tournament had ended with "a bitter exit" in a series of messages posted on X.

"We apologise to the fans of the national team and the Algerian people after we worked hard and provided ideal conditions for our players to shine," he added.

Algeria's 1-0 loss to Mauritania in their final group game left the two-time champion with just two points from three games. A draw would have been enough for the Desert Foxes to reach the last 16.

Mauritania's win was the country's first-ever Africa Cup victory in just its third participation in the tournament.

Angola finished top of Group D on seven points, followed by Burkina Faso on four, and Mauritania joined them in the knockout stage with three.

Belmadi club career started at Paris St Germain and included stints at Olympique Marseille, Celta Vigo in Spain, Manchester City and Southampton.

His previous coaching experience has been restricted to Qatar where he has managed the national side as well as several clubs.

Belmadi was the seventh coach of Algeria since they reached the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, reflecting a turbulent last four years for the side.