Leekens steps down from Al­ge­ria post

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

AL­GE­RIA’S fail­ure to make it past the group phase at the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) in Gabon has re­sulted in head coach Ge­orges Leekens quit­ting his post. Al­ge­ria have been amongst Africa’s best teams over the last few years (just over two years ago they were ranked 15th in the world), and with su­per­stars such as Le­ices­ter City duo Riyad Mahrez and Is­lam Sli­mani in their ranks, ex­pec­ta­tions had been very high for con­ti­nen­tal show­piece. But the Desert War­riors were only able to gar­ner two points from their three Group B matches after draw­ing their first and last games 2-2 against Zim­babwe and Sene­gal re­spec­tively, while los­ing their sec­ond out­ing 2-1 to north African ri­vals Tu­nisia. The 67-year-old Leekens, who has been in charge for only four months, has also over­seen a poor start to Al­ge­ria’s 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign – after two matches, they lie bot­tom of Group B with a sin­gle point.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.