• Rabah Madjer appointed head coach of Algeria
  • Les Fennecs failed to qualify for Russia 2018
  • Madjer takes charge for third time

Algeria legend Rabah Madjer has been appointed as head coach of the Algerian national team following their unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Algeria were knocked out of World Cup contention and are winless after five matches in a difficult Group B, which paired them with Nigeria, eventual winners, Zambia and Cameroon.

Les Fennecs have turned to experienced coach and former forward Madjer to succeed the outgoing Lucas Alcaraz to get them back on track ahead of 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next year. 

Madjer, who had a distinguished playing career with Porto and the Algerian national team as a forward, has coached Les Fennecs on two previous occasions (1994-1995 and 2001-2002). 

Algeria host group winners Nigeria in the last World Cup qualifier of this campaign on 10 November at the Stade Chahid Hamlaou in Constantine.