Saphir Taider: Algeria players must accept blame


Algeria’s Saphir Taider has refused to blame changes in coaching staff for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who plays for Italian club Bologna, said the players must take responsibility.

The Desert Foxes reached the second round in Brazil in 2014 but finished bottom of their 2018 qualifying group.

“The most important is that we the players question ourselves,” he told BBC Sport.

“It would be too easy to fault to a coach or others, so we have to assume responsibility.

“We have to lift our heads and we have to start afresh, not from zero, but from what we are capable of so we can prepare for the next few matches.”

Algeria drew just two games in their 2018 qualifiers as they finished behind Camaeroon, Zambia and Russia-bound Nigeria.


Samira SALAH



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