Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi has backed under-fire captain Riyad Mahrez to rediscover his greatest type on the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mahrez, who signed for Saudi Pro League aspect Al-Ahli for £30million final summer time after 5 years at Manchester City, has been closely criticised for his below-par shows in Algeria’s first two group matches.
The Desert Foxes drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso on Saturday after being held 1-1 by Angola of their opening Group D recreation and should beat Mauritania by two clear objectives on Tuesday to ensure a spot within the knockout stage.
Belmadi informed a press convention: “I don’t want people to forget what Mahrez can do.
“These were not his best two matches in the national team, but do not kill him quickly.
“I will not tell you whether he will be a starter or on the bench, that is not the most important thing.
“He is still our leader. He has always played under pressure. The team and I have complete confidence in him.”
Group favourites Algeria, event winners in 2019, twice got here from behind to salvage some extent in opposition to Burkina Faso because of Baghdad Bounedjah’s double, which included a stoppage-time equaliser.
Belmadi’s aspect are unbeaten of their final 10 matches however are bidding for his or her first win in six Africa Cup of Nations fixtures.
Mauritania boss Amir Abdou apologised to the West African nation after his aspect’s 3-2 defeat to Angola on Saturday left them backside of the group and not using a level.
The Lions of Chinguetti, who misplaced out to a stoppage-time penalty when crushed 1-0 by Burkina Faso of their opening recreation, have but to win on the Africa Cup of Nations after shedding six and drawing two of their earlier eight encounters.
Abdou informed a press convention after his aspect’s defeat to Angola: “We are not here to distribute points. We will prepare for Algeria.
“I respect the Algerian team. It is a very good team. Our objective is to put in a good performance and will hang on to get a good result.
“We have not given a bad image, we must continue to move forward and not lament. I am sorry for disappointing the people of Mauritania.”