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Algeria set modest target for AWC

23 September 2010, 17:01

Algeria has set a modest target for their campaign in the Africa Women’s Championships to be staged in Ekurhuleni South Africa next month.

They are drawn in Group B for their preliminary round fixtures. Algeria starts their campaign against Ghana. They then face defending champions Equatorial Guinea and conclude their preliminary round with a match against Cameroon.

“Women’s football in our country is still in the development process. Algeria are considered outsider when it comes to advancing to the semi finals,” Tikanowine Foudil, the Algeria Football Association Technical Director told Supersport.com.

The Lady Fennecs have never progressed beyond the preliminary round. Algeria first played in this championship in 2004 in Johannesburg South Africa. They lost to Nigeria 4-0, beat Mali 3-0 and went down 3-1 to Ethiopia to finish third in their group.

Two years later in Nigeria, they suffered heavy losses of 4-0 against South Africa and 6-0 to hosts Nigeria. The Lady Fennecs salvaged a measure of national pride with a 3-all draw against Equatorial Guinea. Nonetheless they finished rock bottom in their group.

“The pressure to reach the semi finals will be on our three more high profile opponents. Our team will not play with a complex because we are perceived as outsider,” says Foudil.

“What we expect of our players is to perform to the best of their abilities. Our goal is to progress to the semi final. Should they achieve this, it will be a major breakthrough in Algerians women’s football,” say Foudi explained. Algeria will not play with a complex because we are perceived as outsider. All we expect of our teams is for them to play to the best of their abilities,”girls is to and Algeria will make their third appearance at the Africa Women’s Football Championships in Ekurhuleni South Africa next month. The Algeria Football Association Technical Director Tikanwine Foudil explains why they have set out a modest target of advancing to the semifinals

That was Tikanowine Foudil, the Algeria Football Association Technical Director speaking in Ekurhuleni South Africa

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