Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Djibouti and Algeria go head to head in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Cairo International Stadium (neutral location). Algeria are in a two-horse race with Burkina Faso for a sport at the 2022 World Cup finals, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the rock-bottom side. Goalkeeper Mustafa Zahgba returns to the squad following a three-year absence, while Adam Wanas is back after recovering from his injury.
As always, a man to keep an eye on in the away side will be Man City ace Riyad Mahrez. Djibouti, on the other hand, have been serving as a cannon fodder for their rivals in Group A. The rock-bottom side have already conceded 18 goals in the process, and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the group leaders. When the two teams met at Stade Mustapha Tchaker earlier in the process Algeria rolled over Djibouti 8-0.
Highlighted Player (Youcef Atal):
The Boghni born Algerian started playing football at the age of ten when he joined CR Belouizdinad's youth academy in 2006. His decade long youth career saw him feature for other more Algerian teams before signing a professional contract with the last one, namely Paradou AC, in 2015.
Atal, who predominantly plays as a right-back, made his first professional appearance on the 9th of January 2016, playing in Paradou's 3-0 over CR Beni Thour in the Coupe d'Algerie. His performances during his 17/18 loan spell at Belgian Club Kortrijk earned him a move to France with OGC Nice in 2018.
At Nice, the 23-year-old has become a valuable first-team player and is on a five-year contract expiring in 2023. On the International stage, Atal has capped 14 times for Algeria, making his debut on the 6th of June, 2017, in a friendly against Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Algeria):
The Algeria national football team was established in 1962 as they were not allowed to play international games under French Rule. El Khadra (the Greens) or the Desert Warriors participated at the World Cup finals four times and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 2014 (Brazil), making it to the last 16.
The Algerians were producing outstanding displays under Vahid Halilhodzic, but despite making life difficult for star-studded Germany in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament, the African team eventually failed to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Algeria play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is green.
The Desert Warriors impressed at the 1990 African Cup of Nations, with the team defeating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted, though, that Algeria hosted the tournament. The Algerians have been playing their home matches at Stade Mustapha Tchaker since 2006 and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 was regarded as the team’s home stadium before 2006.