Algeria national football team arrives in Morocco amid tight security
The Algerian team’s members landed in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh this afternoon, Monday, in preparation for its encounter against its host, Burkina Faso, tomorrow, Tuesday, in the second round of the first group matches in the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
The entrance of the “greens” team to Marrakech airport was accompanied by strict security measures by Moroccan officials, according to Algerian media.
It is noteworthy that Algeria announced last August 24 that it was severing diplomatic relations with Morocco.
In press remarks before flying to Marrakesh on a private jet, Algeria national team coach Djamel Belmadi declared, “We are going to play football solely, and we leave political issues aside.”
Belmadi affirmed the Algerian team’s preparation to face Burkina Faso, its main opponent at the top of Group A, and expressed his belief in his players’ potential to win this crucial match.
Due to a shortage of venues that meet international standards in those nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) chose to move the matches of eight teams, including Burkina Faso, Niger, and Burkina Faso, to neutral stadiums.