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Algeria Hold Zimbabwe To Draw Away, Qualify For 2021 AFCON

Algeria Hold Zimbabwe To Draw Away, Qualify For 2021 AFCON

Reigning African champions Algeria have qualified for the 2021 AFCON after playing a 2-2 draw away to Zimbabwe on Monday.

Despite giving away a two goal lead as Algeria confirmed their place at the next edition in Cameroon, which have been delayed until 2022.

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They are now the second team after Senegal to qualify for the tournament.

After goals in the 34th and 38th minutes, including a fine solo effort from Riyad Mahrez, it looked like Algeria would make it four wins from four.

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In the 34th Reda Halaimia whipped in a long cross from the right and an unmarked Andy Delort had a straightforward header to score his first goal for Algeria.

Moments later came the brilliance from Riyad Mahrez as he flicked the ball past one defender and then cut into the area before twisting and turning to wrong-foot two defenders and firing home.

Zimbabwe pulled a goal back two minutes before half-time as striker Knowledge Musona curled in a free kick from the edge of the area to beat Rais M’Bolhi.

That seemed to galvanize Zimbabwe and they created the better chances after the break and were rewarded when Tanzania-based Prince Dube scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute seconds after coming on as a replacement.

Algeria now have 10 points in Group H, five ahead of Zimbabwe, with both teams having played four matches.

The other two teams in the pool play later on Monday as Botswana host Zambia.

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  • our boys are here taking selfies upandan.. mtcheew, lazy youths.

  • They employed/hired somebody to work for them as a manger, what then prompt u to still interfere in his team selection, who to invite & who not to invite.

    Allow him do his work then when he fail to deliver, hold him responsible ASAP.

    When they interfere in his team’s selection & the thing back fire everybody wash off their hands & do as if they know nothing about it.

    Now that the man has invited & use the stars the were clamouring for invitation & its backfires, they are still blaming the man….
    They won’t say they were the ones that forced him to invite those players.

    His substitution is always late,,,,(meanwhile every coach knows the strength of his players & knows when the new player can cope well with the tempo of the game)….
    They piled pressur on him & he did an early sub. which back fires, they all shift one side & start crucifying the man.

    This man knows players like NACHO, IWOBI, CHUKWUEZE don’t know how to mark hence he try to manage the team/game until 70 something minutes b4 he start bringing new players.

  • Wrong. Algeria is yet to qualify.

  • Olawale 2 years ago

    @joe, are you smoking weed? Two team qualify from each group and the 3rd in the algeria group is on 2point with 2games left. So how is the team yet to qualify? Bro its better u dont comment if u dont know about football. Adios

    • chuks 2 years ago

      It is you that is smoking indian hemp. Please how is Botswana on 2 points, abi which CAf table are you looking at, joe is right algeria is yet to qualify, that doesn’t mean they can’t qualify.

      • We as African are taught to respect others and their opinion without the use of any insults. Please let’s make our point known without the use of foul language and insult thanks sir

  • @Olawale, you know nothing about football. I started following football when I was a kid.