Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi revealed his position on the complaint of the Algerian Football Association to the FIFA Referees Committee, regarding the match between Algeria and Cameroon in the qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup, which included a heavy file regarding Gambian referee Bakary Gassama.
Algeria won 1-0 at Cameroon Stadium in the first leg, but lost 1-2 at the “Mustafa Tchaker” stadium in the Algerian province of Blida after the extension, to fade the hopes of the “greens” of reaching the Qatar World Cup, which will be held during the period between November 21 2nd and 18th of December.
The Algerian fans are waiting for the decision that will be issued later by the FIFA referees committee regarding this complaint, as they keep a glimmer of hope for the replay of the match, after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee issued a decision on Monday, May 2, to fine the Algerian Football Association 3,000 Swiss francs. ; Because of the riots that occurred in the face of Cameroon in Algeria.
Belmadi made statements to the “Rotten Sunflame” program on the French channel “RMC”, on Monday (May 2), in which he responded to a question regarding his opinion of the chances of replaying the match against Cameroon, by saying: “Algeria’s complaint? The most important thing for me is that it be done.” Our respect is forever and we return the respect,” adding: “And to ensure that this (arbitration injustice) does not happen again. Many (African) teams shared the same idea, but they cannot talk,” and added: “We have submitted a heavy file and the investigation is still ongoing.”
Belmadi also did not miss the opportunity to talk about his future with the Algerian national team and the issue of extending his contract, which ends next December, and said, “I did not extend my contract with the Algerian Federation. It is not a closed contract, but rather a moral contract,” adding: “We will do the required things until I am not bound by a legal contract.”
Belmadi reassured the Algerian fans by saying: “I will be there at least until the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations”, which is the tournament that will be held in Côte d’Ivoire in the summer of 2023, which makes the extension of Belmadi’s contract, according to followers, only a matter of time, which will represent an opportunity for him to advance Algeria national team again and return to the track of victories and achievements.
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