The Algerian football Federation has revealed that Vahid Halilhodzic will remain as the national team manager in order to help the team do well at the 2014 World Cup.
Algeria are one of the nations to have qualified from the African continent. They have been joined by the likes of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast as the African representatives. They have been put together in the group containing Belgium, South Korea, and Russia. On the paper, this is a relatively easy group to qualify for and the hopes will be high of the African nation.
This is because both Russia and South Korea will be direct competitors for the final qualifying spot, while Belgium are expected to win the group comfortably. Belgium, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku on-board, are expected to be one of the dark horses for winning the tournament. Recently, there were reports that Halilhodzic would step down from his role after falling out with the Algerian FA. Halilhodzic initially stated that he would review his contract only after the World Cup.
Now, both parties appear to have come to the conclusion that the current stage is the ideal one to do well at the World Cup. The first match of the group for Algeria will be against Belgium in which anything the nation will be hoping to at least get a point.
“Some newspapers have been publishing stories about an impending dismissal of coach Halilhodzic. The Algeria Football Federation hereby confirms that Halilhodzic remains the coach of the national team and will be leading the team to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil in accordance with the contract binding all parties,” said the Algerian FA in a statement. There were rumours that Halilhodzic had left the role a few weeks ago, but they have been proven untrue.