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Algeria’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance after Guinea defeat

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Arriving in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday evening, the Algerian national team faces a crucial match tonight against Uganda in their quest for qualification for the 2026 World Cup. In Group G, under the leadership of Serbo-Swiss coach Vladimir Petković, Algeria suffered a significant setback with a 1-2 defeat against direct competitors Guinea at the Nelson-Mandela Stadium on Friday.

Beyond the disappointing result and the lackluster performance, which saw Yacine Brahimi and his teammates roundly booed by their own fans, the defeat also dealt a significant blow to Algeria’s points tally.

The six precious points collected from their initial victories against Somalia (3-1) and Mozambique (2-0) have now significantly dwindled.

Guinea, having prepared meticulously for over ten days, found it relatively easy to overcome Petković’s squad, who had only five days of training, marred by a series of distracting activities.

As a result, Guinea has now matched Algeria’s points in the group standings, leaving the race for qualification wide open.

Adding to Algeria’s woes, Mozambique secured a 2-1 victory over Somalia, challenging the supremacy of the group leaders.

Uganda, tonight’s opponents, also joined the fray by defeating Botswana 1-0, further complicating Algeria’s path to the World Cup.

These developments mean that Algeria must now win all seven remaining matches to secure their place in the 2026 World Cup in the Americas.

What was once considered a straightforward qualification process has now turned into a daunting task. As one outspoken commentator put it, the team must set aside any complacency and fully commit to the national cause.

Vladimir Petković must urgently find solutions to reverse their fortunes and avoid a catastrophic outcome that could have far-reaching consequences for Algerian football.

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The pressure is mounting on the Algerian squad as they face Uganda tonight, knowing that only a victory can keep their World Cup dreams alive.

With the stakes higher than ever, the team must demonstrate resilience, skill, and determination to navigate this challenging period and secure their place on the world stage.

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