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Algeria coach Georges Leekens resigns after AFCON elimination

Georges Leekens

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Algeria manager Georges Leekens has handed his resignation following the team’s elimination in the 2017 African Cup of Nations on Monday in Franceville.

The website of the Algerian Football Federation officially announced the resignation of Georges Leekens and all members of the technical staff were thanked.

The Desert Warriors have been knocked out of the tournament without recording a single victory as they drew with Senegal 2-2 in their last match. Algeria finished the group stage in third place with only two points.

“We had to play for our honour, I’m proud of the performance, we go out with our heads high,” Leekens said in the post-match press conference.

The Belgian manager who started leading Algeria in October,  the third manager for the team in one year, was highly criticised by the Algerian press for poor results even though he only led the team in four matches.

“Given the pressure that is exerted on the federation and the national team, I decided to resign. I prefer to go even though I do so with a heavy heart and wish all the success in the world to the national team,” he concluded.

The current squad which included names like Mahrez, Slimani andBrahimi was expected to be the first generation to win the title for Algeria since 1990.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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