As the Super Eagles of Nigeria get set to host Algeria on the 12th of November, a bit of how the Algerians will play against Nigeria has been revealed after the departure of Manager Milovan Rajevac.
Owngoalnigeria.com has received an insider account of part of the technical and tactical reasons that made players of the Algerian national team rebelled against their coach, which lead to his sack by the FA yesterday.
Milovan Rajevac reportedly resigned from his role as coach of the Algerian team after just three games at the helm and three months into the job. The 1-1 draw at home against Cameroon in the World Cup 2018 qualifying series according to sources triggered the revolt.
Serbian coach Rajevac, known for his pragmatic approach was unhappy with the all out attacking style of the Algerian national team during their 6-0 thrashing of Lesotho in an AFCON 2017 qualifiers tie, and tried to change it to a more cautious one in their game against Cameroon.
However, the players during the half time break of the game against Cameroun which ended in a 1-1 draw had an argument with the manager, as they insist on reverting to their old style of quick pressing of their opponent and swift attack.
Rajevac refused and the players after the game ended went to the FA, in the company of Rajevac’s Algerian assistant to voice their displeasure over the manager’s tactics and approach to games.
The FA listened to their complains and summoned the manager who decided to leave by mutual consent. Furthermore they were complains about his man management skills, no thanks to his inability to speak Arabic or French, the two leading languages in the country.