January 12, 2017

AFCON 2017: Uyo defeat haunts Algeria coach

As Algeria coach, Georges Leekens prepares the Desert Foxes for their first Africa Cup of Nations match against Zimbabwe, the World Cup qualifiers defeat Algeria suffered in Uyo to the Super Eagles has kept playing in his mind.

The Super Eagles considered outsiders for the group B ticket of the 2018 World Cup are leading with six points after beating highly rated Algeria 3-1.

Leekens explained in an interview with that his team failed to raise their game after the Super Eagles went two goals up.

“African teams usually start games at full throttle, but without testing their opponents,” Leekens explained.

“Then, as the minutes go by, the intensity drops, which is when you have to step things up and make the difference.

“Against Nigeria, for example, we played well in the second half, but only after we’d let in two goals in the first. If we’d played at the same level for the whole match, we’d have won.”

Algeria are zoned in Group B of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Senegal, an Leekens is hoping to subdue his foes to emerge as champions.

“We want to win this tournament and take part in the Confederations Cup, but all I’m thinking about right now is negotiating our first match well against Zimbabwe and then the second against Tunisia.

“As far as I’m concerned, these are our two biggest games at the start of this year.”