Tue Oct 25 15:57:01 SAST 2016
Former Wits SRC President Mcebo Dlamini. Picture Credit: Gallo Images
Reports that Dlamini on hunger strike false

Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela has denied allegations that student leader Mcebo Dla.

Versatile Ziani might be Algeria's trump card

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Jun 01, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IN A GROUP comprising England, USA and Slovenia, Algeria will find it difficult to get past the group stages of the World Cup.

The Algerians booked their place at the tournament after seeing off bitter rivals Egypt 1-0 in an ill-tempered replay match held at a neutral venue in Sudan.

Their qualification in the tournament was made even more special by the fact that they will be making their first appearance at the World Cup after 24 years in oblivion.

Their joy of qualifying for the World Cup at the expense of Egypt could be short-lived, though, as they will really be up against it in Group C.

But in this sport of perpetual surprises the Desert Foxes can still cause major upsets in the tournament that kicks off in 10 days.

Midfielder Karim Ziani, a French-born Algerian, could be the man to decide their destiny at the tournament.

The creative VfL Wolfsburg midfielder has the talent to play in different positions, though he is best known for being a midfielder.

Jacer "Mpuma" Bouindaou, an Algerian citizen who lives in South Africa, told Sowetan yesterday he has faith in his countrymen.

"We are all behind our country and we believe in them wholeheartedly. I have bought tickets for the match against England (at Peter Mokaba Stadium) and I will be cheering them on."

His compatriot Saddek "Tyson" Moumni said the fact that Algeria were underdogs can work in their favour.

"We are not bothered by the people who see us as underdogs," he said.

"One thing we are sure of is that we will surprise many teams in the World Cup."


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT