Georges Leekens is new Algeria coach….

New Algeria coach Georges Leekens

Algeria have appointed Georges Leekens for a second spell as their national coach. The Belgian, who previously led the team in 2003, replaces Milovan Rajevac, who was ousted by reported player power earlier this month. Thursday’s appointment came just 16 days before Algeria play Nigeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. “This choice was unanimously approved by members of the federal bureau,” said the Algerian federation in a statement. “The commission, having consulted several coaches, had decided on a shortlist of five trainers.” Leekens is the third Algeria coach this year after Serbia’s Rajevac replaced Frenchman Christian Gourcuff, who surprisingly stepped down in April with two years left on his contract. The 67-year-old takes charge just two days after losing his job at Belgian side Lokeren, who have lost eight out of 12 games this season. The bespectacled coach led Algeria for four months in 2003 before leaving for ‘family reasons’ just days after qualifying the team for the 2004 Nations Cup.

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