Algeria were hailed as Africa’s current best team by their defeated opponents after he Desert Foxes scored in either half to beat hosts Malawi 2-0 and cement top spot in Group B of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday afternoon in Blantyre.
“Algeria are the best team in Africa at the moment. We gave them too much respect and they indeed outplayed us,” said Malawi head coach Young Chimodzi.
“They are in complete control. They dominate opponents and games, and have shown they can beat anyone and everyone,” he added.
Round two of the battle continues next Wednesday when Algeria host Malawi in the reverse fixture for group B. Malawi also has to travel to Ethiopia then welcome Mali in Blantyre.
The Flames, ranked 98, are seeking to emulate the feat of 2010 when they qualified for the Afcon finals as third best losers and went on to thrash Algeria 3-0 in Angola finals. Algeria are rated 20.
Chimodzi also said people should expect some changes in the return match and that they are gunning for a win or a draw.
After the game on Saturday, some Flames supporters chanted anti-Chimodzi’s songs accusing him of sidelining veteran natural right winger Fischer Kondowe.
The fans, who also surrounded Algeria coach praising them with chants like, “Algeria ! Algeria!” .