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May 26, 2022

FIFA and FAF differ on Algeria’s unbeaten run

By Brian Aheebwa
Algeria celebrate with the AFCON title in 2019 | CAF Image

Equatorial Guinea did not only shock the World when they beat Africa Cup of Nations defending champions Algeria on Sunday, but also helped to reveal how long the latter’s unbeaten run was.

Following Nzalang Nacional’s 1-0 victory over The Desert Warriors at Japoma Stadium on Sunday, it is worth noting that FIFA and Fédération Algérienne de Football (FAF) have different records regarding Algeria’s invincible run, according to sportingnews.com.

FIFA say that the record stood at 25 games after Algeria drew goalless with Sierra Leone in their 2021 AFCON opener compared to FAF’s 35 games.

The above means Algeria had last lost a game to Morocco in October 2019, when they were defeated 3-0 in the African Nations Championship qualifiers.

However, the Algeria football governing body does not count it given that it is a tournament played by only home based players.

None of their foreign based players were involved because it is the latter bunch that forms the largest part of their national team.

FAF also did not add the six games Algeria played in their 2021 FIFA Arab Cup unbeaten winning campaign in December because if they did, that would have stretched it to 41 games, but FIFA did.

Top clubs around the World were not allowed to release players for the tournament which was meant to check the readiness of Qatar to host the World Cup.

Algeria won the tournament without its senior team players and head coach Djamel Belmadi was also not in Qatar for the competition.

Therefore, Algeria had last lost a game when they were edged 1-0 by Benin in the AFCON qualifiers in October 2018 before Sunday’s shocker to Equatorial Guinea.

As per FIFA stats, Algeria was on a 25-game unbeaten run, where they were far behind, regards reaching Italy’s World record of 37 unbeaten games set between 2018 and 2021.

But if FAC’s stats of 35 games unbeaten are anything to go by, then the two time AFCON winners were only two more wins short of that feat.

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