Bougherra: We need to be more potent in attack

Algeria coach Madjid Bougherra intends to pose a greater threat in attack against Libya when the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) gets underway on Friday.

The Fennec Foxes, who are hosting the seventh edition of the tournament, will kick off proceedings at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers, where they will play all three of their Group A matches.

Bougherra’s side will also face Ethiopia and Mozambique in the group but his initial focus is on their neighbours and he’s determined to make a winning start to their title bid.

The hosts warmed up for CHAN 2022 with a goalless draw against Ghana on Saturday to inaugurate the Nelson Mandela Stadium and Bougherra admits improvements can still be made up front after his attackers failed to take their chances in Algiers.

“In this friendly match against Ghana we discovered several good things, especially with our defence. There are also negative points which we must improve on,” he said.

“It was an almost equal friendly match between Algeria and Ghana. We had some chances during the match, but unfortunately we were not able to convert them into goals.

“In any case we must work to eliminate the negatives from our game. We’ll improve the attack of the team before the tournament starts.”

Commenting on their opener against the Mediterranean Knights, Bougherra added: “We know how Libya plays, its strengths and weaknesses, especially since these teams are waiting for us at the last 18-meter line. We must prepare ourselves well.”