Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane favours Algeria to win Africa Cup of Nations

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Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has backed Algeria for Africa Cup of Nations glory, while also hoping to see Djamel Belmadi’s squad play very well.

The Desert Warriors are making their 18th appearance in the biennial championship, with their only triumph happening in 1990 when they defeated Nigeria in the finals

Coach Belmadi has taken a relatively inexperienced group of players to Egypt compared to previous tournaments, with Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani among the team’s big names.

Senegal are next up for the Desert Warriors on Thursday, before their date with Tanzania in their last group fixture.