Algeria sack Rabah Madjer

Algeria’s Football Federation have sacked Rabah Madjer from his role as the head coach of Algeria’s national team.

The federation has also dismissed the coach’s assistants Meziane Ighil and Djamel Menad. In Rabah’s last two friendly ties, the Desert Foxes lost to Cape Verde 3-2 and Portugal 3-0 and that pushed the decision of firing the 59-year-old manager ahead of their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The North Africans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in a group that included Zambia, Cameroon and eventual group winners Nigeria. They began their 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory over Togo.

24th June, 2018: Algerian FA in a meeting ahead of the Rabah Madjer decision. (Image:

Madjer, a legend of Algerian football, was the first Arabian player to win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup (Uefa Champions League). He took over Algeria’s national team last October, replacing Spanish coach Lucas Alcaraz.

The Desert Foxes are now in search for a sixth manager in just over two years. They are in Group D of the Afcon qualifiers alongside Togo, Gambia and Benin.

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