ALGIERS – The Algerian football team will take on Burkina Faso team play this evening at 7:15 p.m. in Mustapha Tchaker Stadium of Blida their World Cup qualifier second leg for a qualification for the 20th edition of world biggest event in Brazil.
Defeated in the first leg match (3-2), played on 12 October in Ouagadougou, the national team has to turn this situation around, in front of a big public which has long waited this day.
Motivation and determination are the key words of the "Desert Foxes," few hours before the crucial match, which may lead Algeria to a 4th participation to World Cup, after 1982, 1986, and 2010.
"We are aware that we have to win to go Brazil World Cup. We will make our best to achieve this dream. I have good shape and I will do everything to help Algeria qualify to the World Cup for the second time in a row. We respect Burkina Faso which play well outside but we are hard on our pitch," declared attacker Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal).
However, the National team will be lacking to members, namely defender Essaid Belkalem and defensive midfield player Adlène Guedioura, suspended. For the game, Coach Vahid Halilhodzic called up 26 players, including Aissa Mandi (Stade de Reims/France).
"I never felt such a desire to win as this time. The stake is of course very motivating," Halilhodzic said at his last briefing.
For his part, Coach of the "Stallions," Belgian Paul Put remains confident in his team’s chances to achieve a historic qualification the World Cup.
"I like the willingness of the players. It is with this motivation that we will defeat the opponent. Everybody is conscious, and we will do everything possible to be victorious on November 19," he said.
The match will be refereed by Senegalese Badara Diatta, 44, assisted by his compatriots Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba. The fourth referee is Ousmane Fall from Senegal.