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Former Algeria manager claims they lost to Egypt on purpose in 2010

Rabah Saâdane

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Former manager Rabah Saâdane has revealed a very mysterious reason for ’s 4-0 smashing of Algeria in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

The Pharaohs absolutely dominated their Algerian counterparts in Angola after they went on to win their 7th Africa Cup of Nations title and their third on the trot.

Hosny Abd-Rabo, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed Zidan and Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ scored the goals for Egypt, in a victory that came just two months after Egypt were controversially beaten by Algeria 1-0 in Sudan in the crunch-tie 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

Eight years later, then manager Rabah Saâdane has claimed that Algeria ‘gifted’ the match to Egypt after he was told to do so by those in power in Algeria.

“The match was 100% gifted to Egypt,” Rabah Saâdane said while on a show on Algerian TV when asked about the humiliating loss against Hassan Shehata’s men.

“I will explain it to you, they sent me the message to lose to Egypt and I declined to do so. They told me that our Egyptian friends need to win the Africa Cup of Nations and we are going to the World Cup, let them have it so that they don’t get more problems back home,” revealed Saâdane.

“Just two months after Omdurman. I refused to sell my country. They lost 4-0 because I refused to sell my country. I was in charge and I refused. When we went on the pitch I understood what was going to happen from the performance, it doesn’t matter if we lost 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0.

“I have no regrets, it is in the past,” concluded the 72-year-old.

Algeria went on to have a very poor World Cup in South Africa, losing two matches and drawing one as they finished bottom of their group and crashed out of the World Cup.

Operations and Business Development Manager of KingFut. Degree in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo. Manchester United fan.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Abdel Bachir

    October 27, 2018 at 3:30 AM

    I believe him. The Algerian Soccer Federation is very corrupted.All results are planned in advance. Dirty money is used to fix games.Algeria should be banned from FOR A for a time it can clean it’s house.

  2. Omar

    October 27, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    i completley agree with you…i believe him too….i’m wondering how many games are fixed in egypt’ league or with the national team..Because egypt had a corrupt manager with cuper and now with agguire who also fixed matches in his past.

  3. Dihanouch

    October 27, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    This was a long time ago
    I believe we lost against Egypt it was not planned.
    However for Sudan match it was not controversial. The game we lost in Cairo was controversial
    The players couldn’t sleep and the bus was stoned
    Ridiculous

  4. Mohamed Haddanou

    October 27, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    If that game was sold, why he did not said it at that time.
    As far as i am concerned, he was part of it.
    It’s a farce, they are all corrupt
    It’s unbelievable

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