Algeria coach may leave national team after World Cup exit

14:54, June 24, 2010      

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Algeria coach Rabah Saadane is to decide whether to stay with the national team after exiting the World Cup without scoring a goal.

The Algerians finished their tournament with a 1-0 loss to the United States on Wednesday. They lost by the same score against Slovenia in their opening match, and then held England to a 0-0 draw.

"I think there are many people who would like me to go," the 64-year-old Saadane said. "Let's see what the president says once we have reviewed the situation."

Saadane also coached Algeria at its last World Cup appearance 24 years ago, but he said the decision to stay or go was not his.

"I think you should ask the president that question," said Saadane, who returned to the job in 2007 after two spells in the 1980s.

"We shouldn't carry our heads in shame, the players have given their very best. This is first time in 24 years we have been to a World Cup and you shouldn't expect miracles."


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