Monday 16 November 2020
Algerian coach Gamal Belmadi made a statement several days ago, confirming that his players desperately want to break the record held by the Egyptian national team with 24 consecutive matches without defeat.
“The players have a great desire to break the record held by the Egyptians, small things like this are of great importance,” Belmadi said in statements to the “Football Show” program on the French “BN Sport” channel, reported by the official APS news agency last Tuesday. (See the details)
The “Football Show” program on the “BBC Sport” channel showed a list of the teams that have the longest series of matches without defeat, and included Brazil and Spain with 35 consecutive matches without defeat, and the Egyptian team with 24 consecutive matches without defeat, followed by the Algerian national team with 20 consecutive matches without defeat. – Noting that this interview took place before the match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in the third round of qualifiers for the 2022 African Nations Cup – last Thursday.
The program did not clarify the series registered in the name of Brazil and Spain, the owners of the 35 consecutive matches without defeat, if it was in a specific tournament or in all international matches. And international friendly matches.
The Brazilian team scored 35 consecutive matches without defeat between 1993 and 1996, while the Spanish team returns the series of 35 matches without defeat between 2007 and 2009.
The desert warriors played two matches against the Zimbabwe national team on November 12 and 16 in the qualifiers for the 2022 African Nations Cup, and he won the first match 3-1, and tied in the second match 2-2, reaching 22 consecutive matches without defeat, as the last defeat is due to the team Al-Jazairi went to October 18, 2018, when he fell to his host Benin, with a clean goal, in the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
But the series of defeat for the Algerian national team includes 22 consecutive matches in all competitions, whether they are friendly matches or in the African Nations Cup finals or qualifiers for them.
As for the series of unbeaten matches that the Egyptian national team achieved, which amounted to 24 games, it was in the African Nations Cup finals only and not in all the international matches that the Pharaohs played.
The Egyptian national team lost its balance by 24 consecutive matches without defeat in the African Nations Cup, after the loss of Cameroon in the 2017 African Cup of Nations final, where the last loss of the Egyptian team in the “Cannes” tournament goes back to 2004 against Algeria in the group stage of the African Nations Championship. 2004.
In order for Djamel Belmadi, the coach of Algeria to break the record for Egypt, he must wait until the 2025 African Nations Cup, if he continues to lead the technical leadership of the Desert Warriors team, on the condition that he can win the 2022 and 2023 African Nations Cups to collect 14 matches during them, and not to lose in The matches of the two championships, in addition to winning or drawing the first two matches of the 2025 tournament.
The Algerian national team has 8 matches without losing any defeat in the African Nations Cup finals since the 2-2 draw with Senegal in the 2017 African Nations Championship and won the African Nations Championship title in the last version 2019 without receiving any defeat, as Algerias last defeat in the Nations Cup goes back to The year 2017 against Tunisia with a score of 2-1 in the group stage, and thus the Sahara fighters will need 16 matches to equal the record recorded in the name of the Pharaohs, which will make Belmadi wait until the 2025 African Nations Championship.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to postpone the African Nations Cup, which was scheduled to be held in January 2021, to January 2022, due to the difficulty of completing the qualifying matches due to the emerging Corona virus (Covid-19) crisis.
Based on the decision to postpone the 2021 African Nations Championship to 2022, CAF may consider postponing the 2023 and 2025 tournaments to be held in 2024 and 2026 due to the lack of time in the international agenda.
It is worth noting that the Algerian national team qualified for the African Nations Cup to be held in Cameroon at the beginning of 2022, after a draw against Zimbabwe, to be the second qualified for the tournament after Senegal.