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VIDEO EXPLAINER: How Algeria players forced FA to sack coach Milovan Rajevac

VIDEO EXPLAINER: How Algeria players forced FA to sack coach Milovan Rajevac
Source: Ghana/Joy Sports
Date: 12-10-2016 Time: 09:10:04:am

Player power was in evidence in a major football nation again as former Ghana boss Milovan Rajevac became the second coaching casualty of the opening round of African World Cup group qualifiers at the weekend.

He was sacked by Algeria on Tuesday.

The country's football federation announced the decision in the wake of the 1-1 home draw with Cameroon on Sunday, which marked a disappointing start to their Group B campaign.

The Serbian had only been in charge for two matches but was criticised by several players for his tactics in the game in Blida, where Algeria had hoped to make a winning start to a difficult group, the Algerian Press Service news agency added.

With powerful players like Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, the team has an extremely united front and it is no surprise their decision was not taken lightly.

Rajevac met with the federation president Mohamed Raouraoua on Tuesday to discuss the fallout from the match, after which his departure was announced.

Algeria, who next face Nigeria in November, will now be looking for their third coach within a year. Frenchman Christian Gourcuff quit the job in April to return to Ligue 1.

Rajevac, 62, was previously coach of Ghana, when they became only the third African country to reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and Qatar.


Rajevac played two matches, winning one 6-0 and drawing 1-1 vs Cameroon this weekend. Algerian football journalist Maher Mezahi (, ESPN FC) was on our TV evening news program, JoyNews Prime, on why this shock decision has been taken. Watch below.


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