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Controversy continues to blight Algeria Football Federation

While the five African representatives set for the World Cup finalize their preparations for next summer's showpiece, controversy continues to mire the Algerian national team.

The latest cause for concern stems from a tweet sent by the Algerian Football Federation's Twitter account on Wednesday morning, publishing the resolutions of the Federal Bureau.

"Decision of the BF (Federal Bureau): Two criteria will be taken into consideration to call-up an Algerian player playing abroad in one of the national...

 By Ian Holyman

Algeria coach rants at journalist he calls 'enemy of the national team'

Rabah Madjer lost his temper at a news conference.

Algeria coach Rabah Madjer called a journalist "an enemy of the national team" in a furious tirade when he asked a question about the team's failure to produce top-quality performances.

Madjer, a former Algeria international, took charge of his country for a third time last month when Lucas Alcarez was sacked after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Algeria's squad includes stars such as Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Schalke's Nabil Bentaleb and Porto's Yacine Brahimi.


Top Five: Disappointments of the African World Cup qualifying campaign

KweséESPN picks out the five biggest African disappointments of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Marc Wilmots was appointed by the Ivory Coast charged with helping the Elephants bounce back from their dismal Africa Cup of Nations title defence.

Unfortunately for the Elephants, the Belgian coach just oversaw a further slump for the West African giants, and his job now appears to be under threat.

Despite boasting one of the most talented squads in the continent, Wilmots oversaw just one win...

Picking an African dream team of World Cup absentees

Africa's World Cup representatives will all head to Russia confident that they can make an impact, but while several of the continent's top names will be part of the tournament, many have been left behind.

The quintet who have secured their spots at the global high table - Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal - may be among the continent's strongest teams and best organised units, but they boast relatively few of Africa's genuine superstars.

Indeed, only a third of the players named in CAF's...

Algeria vs. Nigeria: Super Eagles Player Ratings

While Nigeria's spot at the 2018 World Cup was already secured heading into Friday's final qualifier against Algeria, the fixture in Constantine offered an ideal opportunity for several players within Gernot Rohr's squad to impress ahead of the showpiece.

Here's how the Super Eagles fared in their 1-1 draw against Les Fennecs:

5 Ikechukwu Ezenwa: The goalkeeper played with confidence and passed comfortably out from the back, but he didn't have any real saves to make. However, his handling was dodgy...