The Algerian National Football Association was left in a shock when Christian Gourcuff announced that he would be stepping down a few months ago.
With the Premier League comes to an end and the new season having begun, many teams have reshuffled their players or are in the process of doing so as well as changing their managers and coaches.
West Ham United have wasted no time in strengthening the squad for the summer, after they announced that the arrival of Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli on a free transfer.
After leaving Spanish outfit Valencia, Sofiane Feghouli has been looking for a new home. He will be on the books of West Ham at least for the next three years. The 26-year-old will provide substantial strength to the wings. Manager Slaven Bilic was looking to strengthen this area since it did not look like the permanent deal for keeping Victor Moses was going to happen.
Christian Gourcuff has resigned from his post as the Algerian national team boss.
Algerian football has taken a major blow after accusations were made involving players having taken drugs and this has been going on since 2013. There have been a number of players from the Algerian national team that have been suspended after having tested positive for consumption of illegal substances. Youcef Belaili is one of these players who were dealt with suspension. Belaili was given a 2 year long ban from national and international football. There were some other players that were handed a ban of 4 years
It hasn’t even been 2 years since Christian Gourcuff took over the Algerian national football team but the French manager is already having doubts about whether or not he should remain in charge of the national side for a significantly longer period of time.
During Gourcuff’s time in charge of the team, he managed to push the squad into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations which is a s significantly better finish in comparison to how they performed in the 2013 edition of the African competition where they couldn’t make it past the group stages.
Tottenham have been boosted by the return of Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who is set to return to action for the first time in three months after the end of this international break.
The main reason of why Algeria football clubs have recently been prohibited from signing players who are not from the North African country is due to the financial crisis that the country is experimenting which was caused by a plunge in oil revenues.
This financial crisis has made it impossible for clubs in Algeria to obtain the necessary currency to pay the salaries of those foreign players and as a result, the national football federation announced this prohibition which was made to the public earlier in July.
The Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers could not have started in much better fashion for Algeria after they managed a 4-0 win over minnows Seychelles in their first match of the stages.
Algeria’s coach Christian Gourcuff says that he has a lot of regrets about the quarter-final exit at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.