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Khereddine Zetchi elected President of Algerian Football Federation
Khereddine Zetchi, the only candidate running, was elected as the new president of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) by the elective General Assembly at the National Technical Center of Sidi-Moussa behind closed doors.
Zetchi, president of Algiers-based club Paradou AC succeeded Mohamed Raouraoua by winning 64 out of 103 votes, with 35 voting against and 4 not casting their votes. The new president paid tribute to his predecessor and praised him for his accomplishments in a press conference following the election.
He then spoke directly about the future, saying that the most urging issue is finding a coach for the national team. “We are aware of the urgency to appoint a coach and we started looking at CV’s and studying them, as they have to meet our football philosophy,” adding that the next coach will be identified within two weeks.
“We will try to rehabilitate the national football from bottom to top,” Zetchi said, insisting on the aspect of formation, which he said was abandoned by the outgoing president. “Every Algerian player will have the chance to play for the national team if they show that they are capable, and we will contact our players abroad to reassure them,” he added.
Furthermore, he said that he would set up a national management control department (DNCG), adding that it would not be a repressive tool: “I want to clarify that the goal of the future DNCG is not to impose sanction… Thanks to the DNCG, the salaries will be capped by the clubs themselves, according to the budgets subject to control .”
He also revealed that he will resign from his position as president of Paradou, to avoid any conflict of interest and insisted that the FAF money should be used for the development of national football, notably by setting up four academies through the country.