Dear oh dear! The worst case scenario has materialized following the first match defeat on the hands (or rather feet) of those Slovenians. Although our team did outplay their Slovenian counterparts in the first half, the Slovenians came back in the second half and delivered a footballistic crusade on the Algerian team’s side of the pitch: statistics had to favor them to score a goal as Chaouchi couldn’t hang on forever (if it weren’t for him, we’d have had to lump down at least 3 more goals). Now, qualifying for the next round would be more complicated, it’s very frustrating because the Greens have stupidly let an easy and perfectly feasible 3 precious points slip through their toes. I was initially relieved to see a significantly better performance by our team than the dismal way they have played in the friendly matches. However, after watching the other games and how other teams have played (notably the North Koreans against Brazil), I have grown increasingly frustrated at the total lack of motivation and will to win and give it their utmost that our players have displayed. I mean, they’re in the World Cup for God’s sake! They should be more excited, more determined to win, yes win and go as far as possible! One of the great things about football (especially modern football, ever since the mobility of players has increased in between big tournaments) is that anything is possible, any team could win the World Cup providing they play with determination and discipline. I wonder if the defeatist and self-loathing Algerian Mindset is more potent than even football passion (if it is the case then et’herdet taa essah, no cure in the horizon).
Ever since the defeat, the national press have been going mad with all sorts of interpretations and predictions (apocalyptic or otherwise). Apparently, Ghezzal has had a tantrum and Mansouri has stopped speaking to Saâdane after he relegated them to the ranks of the substitutes. On the telly the other day, Matmour was slagging off his team mates indirectly by saying that those who keep saying that the problem of our national football team is the inefficient attack have got it wrong, because the real problem according to him is not that our attack is poorly served with strikers but rather that it is poorly served with balls from the midfield. I was a bit surprised to hear gentle Matmour speak so harshly about his team mates, he is usually so calm and measured. Chaouchi is now blamed for the defeat and to spill more oil on the fire, a stupid journalist from French newspaper Libération has written an inflammatory article about the Fennecs’ performance against Slovenia. Zidane has also commented on the match and declared that it is difficult to continue to support a team that does not play with a passion to win.
Matters are even more complicated now as the USA have made a draw against England in the opening game of Group C, making Algeria at the bottom of the scoreboard. But who knows, we might still win (yeah right!). Here is a preview of the next match against England from FIFA and from Worldcup blog. Below is a video with commentaries from some Fennecs and coach Rabah Saâdane. Wesh ngoul! “معاك يا الخضرا رابحة ولا خاسرة“!!