The Algeria national team coach, Lucas Alcaraz, has not given up on the Desert Foxes qualifying for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Algeria are currently bottom of Group B on just one point after two games. But Alcaraz is keeping hope alive for the North Africans.
Nigeria currently top the group on six points, Cameroon are second on two points, while Zambia occupy the third position on one point.
Spaniard Alcaraz, who replaced Georges Leekens, feels if results go their way, Algeria stand a chance of picking the group’s sole ticket.
“Obviously, we’re not the favourites, but we have to do everything in our power to get as many points and wins as we can,” Alcaraz told FIFA.com.
“We have to fight hard in every game to make sure there are no regrets at the end of it all.
“We’re going to prepare in depth for the two matches against Zambia. The FIFA calendar dictates that our future’s going to hinge on those two games, played in the space of just five days. The players and the staff know what they have to do, what’s expected of them and the importance of these two matches. I need a lot of players for those two games and I’m absolutely convinced that if we beat Zambia, then we’ll qualify.
“If we can get through to the last match (against Nigeria) with morale high and full of hope after a couple of wins, I think we’ll be able to go into it with confidence high.
“If we can win our next home games, we’ll be in a good position to welcome Nigeria on the final day.”
Alcaraz, who is on a new coaching adventure having previously managed Racing Santander, Granada and Almeria among others in his native Spain, expressed his delight on being appointed Algeria coach.
He said: “It’s a pleasure for me to be coaching a major national team for an important national association. I’m in the process of compiling as much information as I can on Algerian football, both about the league championship and its players, and the ones who play in Europe. I want to know where we should be going and the style of play we’ll need to adopt, which will depend on our methods and the talent of the players.”
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