Algeria parade 2019 AFCON after Benin victory
Thousands of Algerians got a chance to celebrate with their 2019 AFCON heroes as the Greens celebrated a triumphant return home with a 1-0 friendly victory over Benin in Algiers, in their first game since winning the trophy in Egypt.
The team wore a special kit emblazoned with an ‘African Champions 2019’ badge, as well as a new Algerian Football Federation crest crowned with a second star to mark a second Nations Cup title.
Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 in July in the Egyptian capital Cairo to lift the trophy for a second time.
In front of a sell-out crowd of 45,000 the hosts dominated possession in the first half without scoring.
Algeria finally broke the deadlock in the 71st minute when Yacine Brahimi won a penalty which Islam Slimani converted.
The goal moves the Monaco striker second on Algeria’s all-time goalscorer list with 28, behind Abdelhafid Tasfaout with 35.
“With all the respect I have for Abdelhafid, I have no doubt in my mind that Slimani will break his record,” said manager Djamel Belmadi.
“He will not stop, he will do all that he can to beat the record.” Added Belmadi.