World Cup Qualifier: Algeria Hire Leekens For Super Eagles

New Algeria coach Georges Leekens PHOTO: Gentside Sport

The Federation Algerienne de Football have reportedly named Belgian Georges Leekens as the new manager of the Desert Warriors, with two weeks to their World Cup qualifying game against Nigeria.

The 67-year-old takes over from Milovan Rajevac who was sacked earlier this month after only three months in charge. The Serb lost his job following a 1-1 draw with Cameroon in a Group B World Cup qualifying game. The group also has Nigeria and Zambia.

Leekens, who briefly handled the north African side in 2003, also has Nigeria and Zambia to battle with in the country’s quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

To lead Algeria against Nigeria

The Desert Warriors will confront Group B leaders Nigeria on November 12 in Uyo. And the new manager will hope to get the 1990 African champions back on track.

He was previously coach of Belgium (1997-1999 and 2010-2012) and Tunisia (2014-2015).

Algeria are one of the favourites for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title.

They will face Zimbabwe, Tunisia, and Senegal in Group B at the January 14 to February 5 tournament in Gabon.

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