The Fennecs extended their record undefeated run against Burkina Faso away on Tuesday
The run began way back in November 2018, as Togo were beaten 4-1 in a qualifying bout for the Nations Cup.
It was a strong response from Algeria after they’d been beaten 1-0 by Benin in the previous month, during a run of one win in seven games.
Riyad Mahrez netted twice.
The first non-African team Algeria faced in their record-breaking run, Qatar were seen off 1-0 in December 2018 in Doha.
Baghdad Bounedjah scored the only goal of the game.
A miserable result for Algeria—and one of Gambia’s finest hours—as the Fennecs were held 1-1 in a Nations Cup qualifying dead rubber by the tiny Scorpions.
Mehdi Abeid opened the scoring.
The Fennecs beat Tunisia—not for the last time—in a 1-0 friendly victory in March 2019, with Bounedjah’s second-half penalty securing the win.
Another underwhelming result as Algeria tuned up ahead of the Nations Cup, Burundi—debutants at the 2019 Afcon—held the heavyweights 1-1 in an international friendly.
Bounedjah’s opener was cancelled out by a Rais M’Bolhi own goal.
A more expansive Algeria dispatched Mali 3-2 in their final match before the Afcon 2019 tournament, although defensive frailties raised concerns about their ability to win the big one in Egypt as the Eagles enjoyed some joy against the Fennecs going forward.
The Harambee Stars battled hard upon their return to the Nations Cup, but ultimately they weren’t able to keep Algeria at bay as the Fennecs began their Afcon campaign with a 2-0 victory.
Three weeks before their Nations Cup final showdown, Algeria and Senegal met in the group, with the Fennecs winning 1-0.
It was a sign of things to come as the Fennecs gathered momentum in the continental tournament, with the impressive Youcef Belaili scoring the only goal of the game.
Algeria flexed their muscles against a limited Tanzania side, winning 3-0 to round off their group stage campaign in some style.
Islam Slimani opened the scoring, with Adam Ounas netting a double.
A routine 3-0 victory for Algeria in their Nations Cup quarter-final, with Guinea looking drained and off the pace following their group stage campaign.
Belaili, Mahrez and Ounas scored the goals.
The closest Algeria came to losing their undefeated streak?
They required penalties to defeat the Ivory Coast in their Nations Cup quarter-final encounter following a 1-1 draw.
Soufiane Feghouli’s opener had been cancelled out by Jonathan Kodjia.
A genuine heavyweight showdown in the Nations Cup semi-final, the Super Eagles gave a good account of themselves, but were undone by a Riyad Mahrez-inspired Algeria.
The Manchester City forward netted a 90th-minute winner after Odion Ighalo had given Nigeria hope 18 minutes earlier.
Algeria brought home the Nations Cup title following a gritty 1-0 triumph over Senegal in Cairo, with Bounedjah’s deflected second-minute effort enough to take the victory.
The first match after the Nations Cup final, Benin were beaten 1-0 in a low-key international friendly as Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the game.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Something of an experimental side were held 1-1 by the DRC in October 2019, with Slimani opening the scoring early on.
The second of three non-African teams who were unable to defeat Algeria during their remarkable run, Colombia were dispatched 3-0 by a rampant Fennecs team in October 2019.
Mahrez scored twice after Bounedjah had opened the scoring.
Sublime stuff from the North Africans as they demolished Zambia 5-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier to take a major step towards defending their title in Cameroon.
Less convincingly, Algeria saw off Botswana 1-0 away from home in their final fixture of a remarkable 2019, with Belaili again coming up trumps when it mattered most.
The first match back following the suspension of international football due to Covid-19, a poor Nigeria side were beaten 1-0.
Again, Algeria started strongly, with Ramy Bensebaini netting the winner in the sixth minute.
The last non-African opponents Algeria faced during their run, Mexico held the African champions to a 2-2 draw in an October friendly.
Adlene Guedioura was sent off late on.
Beaten 3-1 by Algeria in the first of two back-to-back Nations Cup qualifiers in November.
The Warriors improved for the second fixture—on home soil—but weren’t able to secure a win as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Algeria took a two-goal lead through Andy Delort and Mahrez, before Zimbabwe staged an impressive comeback.
Another tricky assignment.
Algeria were certainly given a scare when they were held 3-3 by Zambia—with Patson Daka scoring twice—in March.
Smashed 5-0 in March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, as Algeria rounded off their programme on the road to Cameroon in style with five separate scorers.
The last team to score against Algeria, but Mauritania were ultimately eclipsed 4-1 in a friendly in June.
Feghouli netted twice, with Ounas and Bounedjah also among the goals.
A tricky opponent, but dispatched 1-0 in an international friendly in the summer, with Mahrez scoring the only goal of the game.
Defeated 2-0 by the Fennecs in an international friendly in June.
Guedioura was again sent off, following goals from Bounedjah and Mahrez.
Smashed 8-0 by Algeria last week in a World Cup qualifier, with Islam Slimani scoring four, Djibouti were down to ten men following the 23rd minute.
Burkina Faso became the latest team to be seen off by Algeria as they were held 1-1 in Tuesday evening’s World Cup qualifier.
While the North Africans will be disappointed to have dropped two points following Abdoul Tapsoba’s second-half equaliser, they nonetheless extend their undefeated streak, and remain atop Group A.
2022 U-20 WWC: Netherlands Defeat Falconets
Two first half goals by the Netherlands earned them a 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Falconets in Sunday’s quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
It is a first ever appearance in the semi-finals for the Netherlands at the U-20 women’s World Cup.
The last time the Falconets made it to the semi-finals was at the 2014 edition in Canada.
Victory against the Falconets means the Netherlands will take on Spain in the semi-finals.
FIFA Suspends Indian Football Federation Over Third-Party Influence
FIFA has suspended the Indian football federation meaning that the country will not currently be able to host the under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.
Football’s world governing body said its council unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation “due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.
Federations must be free from legal and political interference, according to FIFA rules.
The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.
Fresh elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process began last week after India’s Supreme Court approved a timeline prepared by the administrators.
India is due to host the U-17 tournament on October 11-30 but FIFA said on Monday that because of the suspension it “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.
FIFA said that it was “in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved”.
Indian men’s and women’s national teams also cannot play junior or senior international games during the suspension.
Former men’s captain Bhaichung Bhutia called the suspension “very harsh”.
“At the same time I think it’s a great opportunity to get our system right,” he told Indian sports news outlet Sportstar.
“And very important that all the stakeholders — the federations, state associations, sport ministry — come together to get the system right and everybody work for the betterment of the sport.”
India captain Sunil Chhetri had recently advised his players “not pay too much attention” to the FIFA ban threat as the situation was out of their control.
“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” FIFA said.
Dollar Rain for Amusan, Brume, others from Sports Ministry for Commonwealth successes
Team Nigeria medallists and their coaches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games have received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.
Athletes who won gold medals received $5,000, silver medallist received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000. Athletes who represented Nigeria in the 4 x100 relay received $15,000 for the team.
Amongst those who got rewarded are Women’s 100m Hurdles Champion, Tobi Amusan, 200m Silver medallist and long jump winner, Ese Brume among others.
The Coaches and officials also got rewarded by the ministry for their roles in Team Nigeria’s success.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare ensured that three weeks camping allowance was paid to all athletes.
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