For the first time since 1990, Algeria are the winners of the African Cup of Nations. After Algeria’s failure to qualify in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last year, winning their second African title wipes away their tears of heartbreak and disappointment.
After an impressive run in the 2014 World Cup, hopes were high regarding the future of the national team. However, the team soon fell into complete disarray. From 2016 to 2018, the team appointed seven different managers. In addition, they had a disappointing run in the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament. Furthermore, the team’s failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup made matters worse.
What does winning the title mean for Algeria?
This victory brings pride and joy to the national team and for the country. Algeria’s 29-year drought is the biggest in the history of African football. Pride will be a big help for the team moving forward. After nearly three decades of waiting and wondering, Algeria can finally breath a hugh sigh of relief.
Midfielder Ismaël Bennacer is the recipient for this tournament’s best player. Additionaly, goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi was named best goalkeeper. Furthermore, this is the beginning of a new golden generation for Algeria. This young and talented team is being led by Djamel Belmadi. The squad managed to make it through the entire tournament without a loss.
This can very well be the beginning of a fresh start for the national team. They’re a team with good talent and experience. Furthermore, they’re led by a manager they can trust. They’ve developed a winning mentality. In the national team’s case, there’s finally some hope.
What now for Algeria?
For the time being, Algeria can celebrate their title victory. The team’s next order of business is to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Algeria is looking to keep their success and momentum alive.