We were not at the level and we will not look for excuses.. Mahrez’s first reaction after Algeria’s failure in the African Nations
The captain of the Algerian national team, Riyad Mahrez, broke his silence, and spoke about the great failure of the “Desert Warriors” after their exit from the first round of the African Nations Cup, which is currently hosted by Cameroon.
Mahrez published a message to fans through his accounts on social media, in which he confirmed that he had deliberately waited some time before talking about the disappointment of leaving the African Nations, and stressed that it was necessary for the public to know the team’s reaction after the “great disappointment”.
“We will not look for excuses despite all circumstances, we just were not at the level, and I am the first to be concerned,” the Manchester City player said.
Salam everyone, I waited a few days before posting on the networks but I think it’s important that you have our feelings about this big disappointment and our disappointment. pic.twitter.com/7TlNxS0qdn
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) January 25, 2022
“When everything was going well we were winning and we were at the top, everyone was behind us and many of our fans are still behind us today, but I read a lot of negative messages, which shows again that football is going very fast in both directions.” In reference to the reaction of the fans to the results of the team, positively or negatively.
The Algerian captain said that what happened in Cameroon “will serve as a reminder, and be sure that we will come back stronger. We will make people proud again in the next important matches so that we will be able to qualify for the World Cup, God willing.”
Mahrez concluded his speech by thanking everyone who supported the players in the “good and difficult times”.
Algeria failed to defend its title, which it won in the previous edition of the African Nations, and was eliminated from the first round after winning a single point from a draw against Sierra Leone and two losses against Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast.
And the interest of the team – led by Jamal Belmadi – moved to prepare for two crucial confrontations against Cameroon next March in order to ensure qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.