Algeria confirm Petkovic as new head coach

Algeria confirm Petkovic as new head coach

The Algerian Football Association has announced Vladimir Petkovic as the new head coach of the Desert Foxes.

The Bosnian coach succeeds Djamel Belmadi who was sacked after Algeria’s elimination from the group stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Petkovic will arrive in Algiers on Sunday and he will begin his new job with a press conference on Monday.

The 60-year-old recently coached French club Bordeaux but was sacked in 2022 as the team suffered relegation from the Ligue 1.

Petkovic managed the Switzerland national team for eight years between 2014 and 2022 and he guided them to a historic quarter-final at 2020 European Championship.

A statement by the Algeria FA read: “The FAF announces the finalization of the agreement designating the new national coach. Bosnian coach Vladimir Petkovic is the new national coach.

“The new national coach will arrive in Algiers this Sunday and will host a press conference on Monday.”

His timely announcement means Algeria can begin preparations for the maiden FIFA Series in March.

The North African country will host Bolivia, Andorra and South Africa in the four-nation friendly tournament that will take place in the March international window.

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