Belmadi named new Algeria head coach

Former Marseille midfielder Djamel Belmadi has taken over coaching duties with Algeria, who sacked Rabah Madjer in June.

Djamel Belmadi (CL) after agreeing to become Algeria coach   -  Getty Images

Algeria has appointed former midfielder Djamel Belmadi as its new head coach.

The 42-year-old has agreed a contract that will run until the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, according to a statement published by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF). Belmadi succeeds Rabah Madjer, who was sacked in June.

After a playing career in which he captained Algeria and played for Marseille, Manchester City and Southampton, Belmadi was coach at Lekhwiya, now known as Al-Duhail, and the Qatar national team. He then returned to Al-Duhail and won back-to-back Qatar Stars League titles before leaving his post this year.

Algeria, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, begins qualifying duties for next year's Africa Cup of Nations against The Gambia in September.

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