WCQ: Algeria avenge Nations Cup failure in Cameroon

Algeria inflicted a rare home defeat on Cameroon as the 2019 African champions took a crucial 1-0 lead from the first leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off. Playing in Douala, where Cameroon have been unbeaten since losing a Nations Cup qualifier in 2000, veteran Islam Slimani’s winner handed Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi the perfect 46th birthday present. Five minutes…

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Algeria under pressure ahead of Cameroon clash

There is palpable tension on the streets of Algiers ahead of Algeria crucial 2022 World Cup qualifying tie against Cameroon. The two African heavyweights both missed the 2018 edition in Russia and are desperate to make an appearance in Qatar this November. A few months ago, Algeria would have been seen as clear favourites. Heading into the 2021 Africa Cup…

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Algeria ready to supply gas to EU amid Ukraine crisis

Algeria’s state firm is ready to supply additional gas to the EU from its surplus, the company’s boss has said. This is in case of a decline in gas supplies due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sonatrach CEO Toufik Hakkar said the unmet capacity at the Transmed pipeline linking Algeria to Italy could be used to increase supply. Algerian…

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Algeria held by Sierra Leone in a goalless draw

Algeria began the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title with a goalless draw against a stubborn and spirited Sierra Leone side in Group E. The Leone Stars had the better first-half openings, with Alhaji Kamara sending two chances narrowly wide. After the break Algeria forward Yacine Brahimi shot straight at keeper Mohamed Nbalie Kamara, who also tipped a…

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Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

  An Algerian military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board, officials say. The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers. An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash – Algeria’s worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Most of the…

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