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OFFICIAL: Georges Leekens named Algeria coach for second time


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Belgian manager Georges Leekens has been appointed coach of the Algerian national team for a second time, the Algerian Football Federation announced on Thursday.

Leekens was chosen to take over as head coach after Serbian Milovan Rajevac resigned as coach of Algeria earlier this month after they kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Cameroon.

The newly-appointed coach had a short tenure with the Desert Foxes in 2003 before he resigned for “family reasons”.

Leekens, who left his post at Belgian side KSC Lokeren few days ago, will lead the Algerian team in their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Nigeria on Nov. 12.

Algeria and Cameroon have one point each in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, while Nigeria top the group with three points. Zambia sit at the bottom on zero points.

In addition to the World Cup qualifiers, Leekens has another mission ahead as Algeria have been drawn in Group B of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations set to kick off in January. Algeria’s group includes Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Senegal.

The 67-year-old had two stints with the Belgian national team (1997-1999 and 2010-2012). He also coached the Tunisian team during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations which saw Tunisia eliminated at the hands of hosts Equatorial Guinea in the quarter-final.

An African football Journalist based in Livingstone, Zambia.

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