Algeria’s national team will play against Tanzania and Iran next month. The Desert Foxes will be looking for a positive start to 2018, and have plenty of time to play after not qualifying for the World Cup.
The first game will be up against Tanzania on the 22nd of March at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers. Algeria recently played against them in 2015 and won 7-0, so it is a bit of an unnecessary match as it does not benefit either side.
Five days later, Rabah Madjer’s men travel to Austria where they will play Iran in Graz. Iran wanted to play against Algeria as a test for their World Cup group game against fellow North African side Morocco.
The qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations were originally meant to commence in March, however the postponement of the tournament to the summer has freed up more space for friendlies.
Iran are currently 34th in the FIFA World Rankings, whilst minnows Tanzania are ranked 146th which questions the point of playing against such a low rated opposition.
On the other hand, the game could present a good opportunity to try out some new young players and see how they perform for the national team on the big stage.