After beating Uganda and Tanzania, Algeria could come closer to qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Côte d’Ivoire in January the following year. For that, it was necessary to win against the modest team of Niger, who had already gleaned two points against the same opponents in this group F. If they thought they were held in check at the Nelson-Mandela stadium in the capital Algiers, the Fennecs offered victory at the end of the game (1-1).
The Mena had even opened the scoring in the first period on a sumptuous goal signed Daniel Sosah, deceiving Anthony Mandrea with a dive at the entrance to the surface (38th). Returning from the locker room with much better intentions, Djamel Belmadi’s men, pushed by a restless Baghdad Bounedjah, equalized and took advantage of Abdel Rahim Alhassane’s counterattack (54th). Riyad Mahrez, present at the far post on the center of the young Bouanani, finally found the net to offer the three points to the Greens (2-1, 89th), close to a guaranteed place at the next CAN, which they will be able to confirm in Tunisia, still against Niger in four days.