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Monday, 14 November 2016

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: We won't give up hope- Algeria coach says after Nigeria's 3-1 defeat

Georges Leekens, the head coach of Algeria's national football team has insisted that his team won't give up hope of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup after losing 3-1 to Nigeria on Saturday.

The Algerians sit bottom of the table, with Nigeria first with 6 points, Cameroon second with 2 points while Zambia sits third with a point, but Leekens feels he will still have hope of making it to Russia while there is still a mathematical chance of doing so.

Leekens speaking to journalists said:
 “We are still sure of qualifying mathematically and Nigeria cannot say that have qualified after two matches. You saw the way our team played and I believe that nothing is sure yet even for your team. We shall go back home to review what we have done right and wrong. 
“You can see that the Algerians played very well and we created lots of chances which were not utilized. It was tough for both teams. I believe that giving up at this stage in not in our language and we are going to fight on until we have been mathematically ruled out of qualifying.”
He also alleged that the Foxes of Algeria were robbed by the referee in Uyo saying the result of the Uyo encounter could have been different had the referee not accepted Nigeria’s second goal from Mikel Obi when the score was 1-0.
“Nigeria’s second goal is not valid. There was indeed an offside position,” the 67-year-old former Belgium manager said to popular Algerian newspaper Le Buteur on Sunday
“The goal somewhat disorganised my players, especially before the break. If the score had remained 1-0, we would have returned in the second half.”

29 comments:

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vinna saviour said...

Ok na keep on crying

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good luck to them

Paul Ocheke said...

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OSINANL said...

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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

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Chizzy Liz said...

************************Yea !!!! Say it again !!!!! U shouldn't give up ***********keep up d struggle yl we are on our win drink !!!!!!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

************************Yea !!!! Say it again !!!!! U shouldn't give up ***********keep up d struggle yl we are on our win drink !!!!!!!!

livingstone chibuike said...

Dat one concern una

Iphie Abraham said...

Abeg Leekens should go an hug transformer. What were they thinking? That dey would beat us? Abeg stop justifying your failures ok










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ike manuel said...

Whether they like it or not, Nigeria must qualify, i don't know for them Algerians

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

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Frank Steward said...

lol....... well Algeria has all it takes to qualify tho, they just need to focus!

Ogenah Boris said...

Sorry for him because Nigeria will win the group. No stopping

christie benjamin said...

I love their fighting spirit! Fight on till there's nothing else left to fight for. #Diehard

Uju Phil said...

We'll crush you guys next time, you still get guts to blab, right? #Losers 😁 😂

Juliet Iwuno said...

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Wisdom Eze said...

Medicine after death!
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Olusegun Alabi said...

Which match did Algeria coach watch? Mikel was perfectly onside. He should accept defeat and stop making untrue statements as an excuse.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Oga your player kept Mikel onside, if not that Mikel hesitated before playing the ball, we wouldn't have been arguing this. Players like Suarez purposely score even goals that are clearly offside then before waiting to the referee to rule it out.



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Odibe Blessing said...

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Anonymous said...



Algeria coach could have known that history have been made and the same history repeated.
Algeria coach could have know that as far as football is concern Nigeria Vs Algeria is always been in favor of Nigeria,after all since ever Algeria beat Nigeria for 6 times while Nigeria beat Algeria 9 times.
Algeria coach pls keep on trying but Nigeria is already in the 2018 world cup in Russia.
Congrats to Super Eagles,Keep on winning.
Next Is Nigeria Vs Cameroon coming on Jan 2017 at Uyo Stadium.

Jamila Shaibu said...

Cool

Anaigbo said...

MY OBSERVATION,IF AKPABIO DIDN'T BUILD AN AIRPORT AND A NEW STADIUM,WILL WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCH EVER PLAYED IN UYO?AND THEY LIEING NOISE MAKERS ARE ALL QUIET. CONGRATS AKWA IBOM

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