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World Cup 2010: Algeria coach Saadane could quit

Landon Donovan

Donovan scores late winner for US

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane said he may quit after his team were knocked out of the World Cup without scoring a goal.

The North Africans finished bottom of Group C after Landon Donovan's stoppage-time goal consigned them to a 1-0 defeat by the United States.

"I think there are many people who would like me to go," said Saadane, who plans to meet Algeria federation president Mohamed Raouraoua soon.

"Let's see what the president says once we have reviewed the situation."

Algeria hit the bar early on through striker Rafik Djebbour, but were largely outplayed by the Americans.

Clint Dempsey had a goal harshly ruled out for offside in the first half and struck a post in the second, while Algeria goalkeeper Raid Ouheb M'bolhi made a string of fine saves.


Karim Ziani missed a chance to snatch a breakaway goal for the Algerians before Donovan latched onto a loose ball in the box to fire the US into the second round and push England into second place in the group.

"In the final moments both teams began to attack but the Americans had the luck today," said Saadane.

Algeria, who were appearing in the World Cup for the first time since 1986, lost 1-0 to Slovenia in their first game before holding England to a 0-0 draw.

"I don't think we should hang our heads in shame," said Saadane. "This is the first time in 24 years we have been in a World Cup. You shouldn't expect miracles."

Saadane was optimistic about the future of African football despite Algeria becoming the fourth African team to exit the first World Cup to be held in the continent after the first round.

Cameroon, Nigeria and hosts South Africa are also already out, with Ivory Coast on the brink of elimination, although Ghana advanced as Group D runners-up.

"I think that Africa is on the right road," Saadane said. "What we need in our national teams and squads is stability and a lot of discipline and I think in a few years time, Africa will have among the best teams in the world."

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