Football: Will Algeria’s fans boycott Gambia game, Friday night?

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Algerian supporters are planning on boycotting Friday night’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against Gambia due to the protests taking place in the country for weeks with a view to change the current regime.

 

Over the last few weeks, Algerian people have been protesting peacefully against the political regime which has already forced presidential elections to be postponed and incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after new vote.

As a result of these protests, people have been going on strike. Earlier, supporters boycotted MC Alger vs USM Alger which is the biggest game every season in Ligue 1 DZ. A little to no fans were inside the stadium.

22,000 tickets went on sale Wednesday morning for the game that is taking place in Blida. Central defender Rafik Halliche sided with the supporters: “We respect the choice of the people and the supporters. If they want to come, we are there to make a match to allow the Algerians to be entertained and forget a little about what is happening, but if they want to boycott we respect that and that is it.

Regardless of the turnout, the game will still go ahead with kick-off at 7.45pm. You can follow Algeria vs Gambia in English with DZ Football.

 

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