Football: the coach of the Algeria brings its support to the protesters

Foot: le sélectionneur de l'Algérie apporte son soutien aux manifestants

The coach of the Algeria team football, Djamel Belmadi has hailed Sunday the mobilization and the “unity” of the algerian people, who manifest for several weeks to request a departure from the current government, and demanded that their claims should be “taken into account”.

Djamel Belmadi was questioned in the press conference before the matches of Algeria against Gambia and Tunisia, on 22 and 26 march, on a possible “lack of enthusiasm” of the fans, in the “particular context” of the “show popular” novel in which the country has been the theatre since the 22 February.

“I think that all Algerians love their national team above all”, he replied.

“After that, if you want to know clearly (…) what I think (…), I answer you clearly,” he added. “I am now very pleased a thing, is to see to what extent one is able to mobilize, but being a well-organized, disciplined, and to see a unity” among the people, he said.

“There are so many people coming out in unison like that, it takes (…) that the people be heard, that it will be listened to, that the claims should be taken into account (…) and ensure that things evolve and change. I think everyone now has understood,” said Djamel Belmadi.

The last match of the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-2019) against the Gambia is without issue, Algeria is already assured of finishing top of its group. The one against Tunisia is a friendly match.

Algeria has experienced since the 22 February, a protest movement against president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, never seen since his election at the head of the State 20 years ago.

For the 4th Friday in a row, crowds, monster took to the streets on march 15 to demand the resignation of the head of State and his entourage, as well as a total change of the “system” in place since the country’s independence in 1962.