Coach Milovan Rajevac Fired From Algeria National Team

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

The Algerian national team have parted ways with Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac after only a few months in the job.

The tactician has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Fennec Foxes after a disappointing result in the opening match of the group stage World Cup qualifiers, in which Algeria drew 1-1 at home to Cameroon.

Algeria’s El Arbi Soudani opened the scoring for the Fennec Foxes on Sunday in a Group B encounter at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, before Bejamin Moukandjo equalised for the visiting Indomitable Lions.

The draw allowed both teams to take a point from the clash and sit tied for second place in the group after the opening round of fixtures.

The Algerians are in a tough qualifying group that includes Nigeria and Zambia, and in reaction to discontent among the players, as well as the poor result in Blida, the soccer authorities in the country have decided to cut ties with the former Ghana coach, who took the Black Stars to the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals in 2010.

Issues with training sessions and unhappiness about starting line-ups are rumoured to be the main issues among the players.

Algeria coach Milovan Rajevac
Milovan Rajevac is no longer Algeria’s coach (footmercato.net)

After a meeting between the coach and Algerian football federation president Mohamed Raouraoua on Tuesday, the announcement was made that Rajevac would no longer be in charge of Algeria.

The coach has been in charge of the Algerian national team since June this year. He replaced Frenchman Christian Gourcuff, who resigned in April to take up a coaching position in his native France.

During his time as head coach, the Serbian oversaw a 6-0 victory over Lesotho in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying, as well as last weekend’s 1-1 draw result against Cameroon.

The Fennec Foxes next face Nigeria in November in the continuation of Group B World Cup qualifiers, and their reaction immediately after a disappointing home draw will be crucial.

The North Africans were the best African team at the last World Cup in Brazil, progressing from a group that included Belgium, Russia and Korea before narrowly losing 2-1 to eventual champions Germany in extra time at the last-16 stage.

They are currently ranked second on the continent behind 2015 AFCON winners Cote D’Ivoire, and they are among the favourites to win the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, but they will need to sort out their coaching situation in order to have the right stability and winning mentality.