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Saturday, July 2, 2011
Algeria appoint Halilhodzic new coach

ESPNsoccernet staff

Algeria have appointed former Ivory Coast boss Vahid Halilhodzic as their new coach, with the Bosnian's first task to guide the Desert Foxes to the 2013 African Nations Cup.

Halilhodzic, 59, will have an uphill battle to get them there, though, with Algeria currently sitting bottom of their qualifying group having won just one game and recently been embarrassingly thrashed 4-0 by neighbours Morocco.

That result saw former coach Abdelhak Benchikha resign but Halilhodzic believes he can resurrect Algeria's bid to reach the tournament, due to be hosted in Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

"I've signed a three-year contract," Halilhodzic told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. "My mission is to qualify Algeria for the (2013) Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

"I'll do everything to improve the technical performances of this team, which has great potential. It's true that it won't be easy, given the time factor, but if I've accepted this challenge, it's to succeed.

"If the team doesn't qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, we'll go our separate ways."

Halilhodzic took Ivory Coast to the quarter-finals of the 2010 African Nations Cup, where the Elephants were beaten by Algeria, before leading them to a group stage exit at the World Cup in South Africa.

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