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Saadane considers quitting

Desert Foxes tactician plays down exit

Last Updated: 23/06/10 6:42pm

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Saadane: Unsure of future

Saadane: Unsure of future

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Rabah Saadane has cast doubts over his future as Algeria coach after they crashed out of the World Cup but claimed it would have taken a miracle to reach the knock-out stages.

The Desert Foxes limped out of the South Africa finals after losing 1-0 to the United States on Wednesday.

The Pretoria defeat saw the Algerians fail to trouble the scoresheet for the third time and they exited the tournament without scoring a single goal.

Saadane is unsure if he will remain in charge following their bottom-placed finish in Group C and plans to meet with Algeria federation president Mohamed Raouraoua to discuss his position.

Through a translator he said: "I think there are many people who would like me to go.

"Let's see what the president says once we have reviewed the situation."

No miracles

Algeria's only Group C point in South Africa came after holding England to a 0-0 draw last Friday.

The Algerians - who were semi-finalists in the African Cup of Nations earlier this year - ended the match on a sour note as captain Anther Yahia was sent-off for a second bookable offence by Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere.

But Saadane was keen to dismiss suggestions they had a forgettable World Cup, adding: "I don't think we should hang our heads in shame.

"This is the first time in 24 years we have been in a World Cup. You shouldn't expect miracles."


Of the game, Saadane felt his team could have won with a little luck, but added his strikers lacked confidence in decisive moments.

"I think they missed a number of opportunities because the pressure on them," said the 64-year-old.

Algeria are the fourth African team to exit the first World Cup on their continent, with Cameroon, Nigeria and hosts South Africa already out and Ghana and Ivory Coast still to learn their fate

"I think that Africa is on the right road," Saadane argued. "What we need in our national teams and squads is stability and a lot of discipline and I think in a few years' time, Africa will have among the best teams in the world."

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