ORAN, Algeria, March 27 (Reuters) - French-based striker Mansour Boutabout handed Algeria their first win of the World Cup group qualifiers in a 1-0 victory over Rwanda on Sunday.
The triumph has taken the twice World Cup qualifiers off the
bottom in African zone Group Four and kept alive their slim
hopes of reaching next year's African Nations Cup finals.
Algeria squandered several chances to enjoy a comfortable
win including a first minute opportunity when Rafik Saifi had an
opening to get the hosts off to a perfect start.
But the home team left the pitch at halftime to whistles of
from their own fans, although they were quickly silenced when
Boutabout scored just two minutes after the break following a
run at the Rwanda defence by Nader Belhadj.
Algeria, who have six points from six matches, trail leaders
Nigeria by seven points. Only the group winners qualify for the
2006 World Cup finals in Germany but the first three teams in
each group go to the 2006 African Nations Cup finals in Egypt.