ALGIERS // Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has stepped dowm after a 1-1 draw with Tanzania in their African Nations Cup qualifier yesterday, the Algerian Football Federation said in a statement on today. "His decision to resign had been endorsed by the AFF's President Mohamed Raouraoua," it added. Saadane, 64, was awarded a two-year contract extension in July despite returning from the World Cup in South Africa without a victory.
Saadane had led Algeria to their first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years and steered the team to the semi-finals at this year's Nations Cup. Algeria finished with one point from three World Cup matches, drawing with England and losing to Slovenia and the United States. * Reuters