Madjer blames the grass and the ref for Saudi loss

Algeria manager Rabah Madjer has had his say on the 2-0 loss to Saudi Arabia and blamed the conditions and the referee for defeat.

Speaking after the game, Madjer also said the lack of experience became an issue when the North Africans conceded the first goal. He said:

You saw today that the conditions of the field were unfavourable to us. There were some mistakes made by the referee, but it’s still a good experience for us. I think the players gave their all for this game and they are to be praised despite the defeat.


Madjer continued to defend his team: “Against a solid team from Saudi Arabia who qualified for the World Cup, I think this game showed us that the players lack experience because they lacked some confidence just after the first goal was conceded.

The Desert Foxes have now lost two games in a row, and failed to keep a clean sheet against Tanzania, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Algeria’s next game is on June 1st against African outfit Cape Verde.

Saudi Arabia’s victory means that Algeria will fall even further down in the next set of FIFA World Rankings. Things are going from bad to worse for the national team manager.

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