Saadane steps down as Algeria coach

Rabah Saadane has stepped down as Algeria coach in the wake of his side's disappointing 1-1 draw with minnows Tanzania in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier yesterday, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has announced.

The 64-year-old had been in charge since 2007 and his contract had been extended for another two years on 18 July after what was seen as a respectable showing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, where Algeria exited in the first round.

He had also guided them to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

However, Saadane, who was also in charge of Algeria at their previous appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals, in 1986, decided to resign after a meeting with FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua.

"The President thanked him and complimented him on the excellent work he had performed in his job," a FAF source said.