After a sluggish victory against Somalia (3-1), Algeria again experienced difficulties this Sunday to defeat Mozambique (2-0). The Fennecs are leading the race in their qualifying group.
Algeria continues its journey suffering. Three days after beating Somalia to open qualifying for the 2026 World Cup (3-1), Djamel Belmadi’s players sought a short but precious success on the pitch of the Maputo stadium in Mozambique (2-0).
Quickly handicapped by injuries to Aïssa Mandi (14th) and Islam Slimani (17th), the Fennecs were jostled by willing Mozambicans who pushed Anthony Mandrea (Caen) to make several saves. Algeria came very close to opening the scoring in the first half, but Amine Gouiri hit the post.
Chaïbi as a liberator
Much better on returning from the locker room, the Algerians put their foot on the ball and finally found the fault after the hour mark. Still on the initiative, Mohamed Amoura (Union Saint-Gilloise) sent a heavy strike on the bar, before the former Toulouse player Farès Chaïbi deceives Siluane.
The Fennecs only took ten minutes to make the break. On an error of judgment by the defense, Amoura recovered the ball to serve Ramiz Zerrouki (Feyenoord), who crucified the Mozambican goalkeeper with a cross shot. If the level displayed by Algeria is far from reassuring, the balance sheet is perfect for the 2019 African champions, who have six points in two qualifying matches. Ideal before competing in the African Cup of Nations in January. During the competition organized in Ivory Coast, Algeria is in the group of Angola, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.